Target: Mohammed Ouida, Owner, South Jungle Zoo
Goal: Close zoo and immediately surrender starving zoo animals to rescue organizations.
Animals are suffering from neglect, starvation and disease at the South Jungle Zoo. The zoo, located in the Gaza strip, was once a popular attraction for families and schoolchildren before armed conflicts brought business to a halt. Now, the owners cannot afford food or proper veterinary care for the animals, leaving them to die from disease and starvation.
The owner of the zoo admitted that animals, including lions, ostriches, crocodiles, and a llama, started dying off when conflict in Gaza surged in 2014. In late 2015, untreated illnesses caused the deaths of a falcon, two monkeys, and a wildcat. Currently, a tiger is dangerously underweight and often goes up to five days without food, while other animals are hungry and shaking from the cold.
While zoo owners admit that they are in over their heads, they refuse to surrender their animals. According to one of the co-owners, they are not working to fix the problem and are instead trying to sell the zoo. If it is not sold, they plan to allow the 20 remaining animals to languish and die.
While the outcome of recent conflicts in Gaza has been tragic, it is imperative that no more unnecessary suffering takes place. Instead of risking the deaths of more animals while waiting for a buyer, the owners should admit defeat and ask rescue organizations to take the animals. Sign the petition below to close this zoo and to demand that immediate efforts are made to re-home the animals to rescue organizations.
Dear Mr. Ouida,
Animals at the South Jungle Zoo have been steadily dying from disease and starvation since 2014 when conflict in Gaza erupted and business slowed to a crawl. Over 80 animals have died so far, and 20 more are in immediate danger of death and permanent health issues. According to a statement made to the media, the animals will be allowed to die off while a buyer is sought for the dilapidated zoo.
While the death, displacement, and destruction in Gaza has been tragic, it is important that no more suffering is allowed. Instead of waiting for a buyer, the remaining animals in the zoo should be surrendered to rescue facilities properly equipped to provide for them. We, the undersigned, demand that you immediately seek to re-home the animals and close the South Jungle Zoo.
[Your Name Here]
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