Justice for Rare and Endangered Tortoise Allegedly Stolen from Zoo

Tortoise

Target: Andrew Colvin, Commissioner of Australian Federal Police

Goal: Launch a full-scale investigation to locate critically endangered tortoise allegedly stolen from zoo, and bring its kidnappers to justice if found guilty.

A critically endangered tortoise has been reportedly stolen from Perth Zoo in Western Australia, raising fears that it will be sold into the illegal pet trade. The animal, a radiated tortoise, belongs to an extremely rare species that is in grave danger of extinction. Habitat destruction and poaching have reduced the radiated tortoise’s numbers dramatically, and the species is listed as critically endangered.

It is not known why the tortoise has gone missing, though the animal is highly prized for its rarity and unusual shell pattern. It is at high risk for sale on the illegal pet market. Even worse however, many have expressed fears that the tortoise will be killed for its shell. Zoo officials are concerned about the animal’s current conditions, as radiated tortoises require a specialized diet and highly regulated temperature.

The zoo is conducting its own investigation with assistance from local police but with no current leads. A wider investigation is needed, as the alleged kidnappers could attempt to smuggle the animal into another region. Demand that the federal police immediately launch a full-scale investigation to locate the tortoise, return the endangered animal to safety, and bring the alleged kidnappers to justice.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Colvin,

A highly rare tortoise is missing from Perth Zoo, and many believe that it was kidnapped for sale in the illegal pet trade. This animal belongs to a species that is in grave danger of extinction due to poaching and habitat loss. The species is currently listed as critically endangered.

Many fear that the animal was stolen to be sold on the black market, as its rarity and unusual shell make it a highly prized illegal pet. Fears also abound that the animal will be killed for its shell. Regardless, the animal is in grave danger, as it requires a highly specialized diet and regulated temperatures. We, the undersigned, demand that a full scale investigation take place into this matter. Bring the radiated tortoise home to the Perth Zoo, and its alleged kidnappers to justice.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Perth Zoo

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One Comment

  1. DOES THE ZOO NOT HAVE VIDEOS OF THEIR PREMISES?? WHAT ABOUT THE PARKING LOT?? MAYBE THEY DRUG IT OUT AT NIGHT INTO THE LOT IN A BIG BOX OR SOMETHING. I HATE TO THINK THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE TO OFFER A REWARD (BECAUSE ANYONE KNOWING WHO DID THIS SHOULD CALL AUTHORITIES JUST BECAUSE IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO) I HOPE THAT YOU FIND THIS TURTLE IS OK. THESE CREEPS WHO STOLE HIM MUST BE FINED A HUGE AMOUNT, JAILED FOR A YEAR OR TWO, MAKE A EXAMPLE OF THEM AND MAYBE THERE WILL NOT BE A NEXT TIME.

    PLEASE AUTHORITIES FIND THIS TURTLE ASAP SO YOU WILL FIND HIM ALIVE AND NOT SLAUGHTERED BY THESE CREEPS.

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