Target: Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia
Goal: Shut down zoo where animals frequently die after improper care and send remaining animals to sanctuaries.
An elephant has become the latest victim of a derelict zoo, pictured dying without care as tears poured from the animal’s eyes. The female Sumatran elephant named Yani is just one of the casualties of the Bandung Zoo on the island of Java, in Indonesia. Yani had allegedly been kept in a dirty, rusting cage before falling ill and dying from receiving improper care due to the zoo not having a veterinarian for the past year. Pictures show severe sores covering the elephant’s body, and other animals at the zoo are reportedly emaciated and improperly cared for.
Previous animal deaths have included Rama the Sumatran tiger who died of unexplained causes, a giraffe found dead with 40 pounds of plastic in his stomach and an 18-month-old lion called Michael found hanged to death in his cage by a steel wire. Activists bemoan improper food and care, untrained staff and general neglect at the zoo, with the facility often referred to as the “death zoo.”
Sign this petition urging Indonesian authorities to shut down this zoo and others in the country to prevent more animals from suffering and dying.
Dear President Widodo,
Yani the elephant has become the latest in a string of animal deaths at the Bandung Zoo, also referred to as the “death zoo.” The facility reportedly keeps animals in filthy and rusting cages, gives them inadequate food and improper care due to the absence of a veterinarian.
Pictured covered in sores, with tears streaming down her face, Yani’s death is only the most recent casualty of the zoo’s abhorrent conditions. A hanged lion, a tiger dying unexpectedly and a giraffe succumbing to eating the trash in his enclosure are just some of this derelict and careless facility’s other victims. Moreover, wild animals do not belong in captivity, where they suffer from confinement.
I urge you to shut down the Bandung Zoo as well as others in Indonesia, and send remaining animals to accredited sanctuaries.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Tiia Monto