Retire Stressed and Overheated Polar Bear to Proper Sanctuary

Polar-Bear-at-Bronx-Zoo-By Andrew-Hayward

Target: Steve Burns, Executive Director of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Goal: Re-home polar bear living in humid and small zoo enclosure to appropriate sanctuary.

A polar bear is allegedly suffering from heat exhaustion and is stuck living in an enclosure that is much too small for the animal to thrive. We need to take action in order to ensure that this bear is immediately rescued and moved to a proper sanctuary.

Bronx zoo visitors apparently witnessed the 25-year-old bear, named Tundra, lying motionless in his enclosure, likely as a result of the temperature being 91 degrees. The bear was apparently so weak that he was only able to periodically move one of his paws to try and bring his ball closer to his body. Sadly, it was later claimed that the bear was struggling to stay confined to a tiny shaded area.

Scientists have stated that polar bears have difficulty surviving in temperatures that are above 29 degrees Fahrenheit. They have further concluded that a polar bear’s home range is oftentimes much bigger than the areas that other types of bears occupy.

Demand Tundra be moved to a much cooler sanctuary where he will have room to roam. If Tundra is not moved to a more suitable setting soon, he will likely continue to suffer and eventually die.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Executive Director Burns,

A zoo that is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is forcing a polar bear to live in unbearable heat and to remain in an enclosure that is much too small, according to reports. This animal needs to be moved to an appropriate sanctuary if this is found to be the case.

Tundra the polar bear was supposedly seen by visitors lying still in his enclosure, only occasionally moving his paw to try to hug his ball. The bear was also apparently later seen pacing back and forth in an extremely small shaded area.

Considering that scientists have found that these animals do not do well in temperatures above 29 degrees Fahrenheit, and further considering that these bears are known to occupy among the largest home range of any bear, allowing an AZA accredited zoo to continue treating Tundra in this manner is not acceptable.

I therefore urge you to demand that this bear be moved to a more suitable sanctuary where he will have adequate room to walk around and where he will also be able to remain cool throughout the year. Animals should not have to suffer because zoos are either unwilling or unable to provide them with appropriate living conditions.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Andrew Hayward

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6 Comments

  1. The entire AZA is a SCAM and should be SHUT DOWN! Those heartless fuckers only work FOR the exploitation of other species, period, same as all zoos! Damn them all!

  2. Arturo has just died from livong in a zoo in horrific conditions & this poor bear willsoon be following him if nothing is done right NOW!!

  3. Please send him to a MUCH cooler climate…don’t let Jim be another Arturo

  4. Please oh please don’t let this poor bear end up like a bear in Spain by the name of ARTURO WHO DIED BECAUSE OF MISTREATMENT.

    The world is watching so I hope things are corrected for this majestic animal asap.

  5. Please have a heart and please be kind to this old poor Bear, and send him to a proper sanctuary to spend his old age FREE from stress and exhaustion to heat waves, noise and exhibition.
    This innocent Polar bear doesn’t deserve to be treated and thrown in such unruly unprivileged conditions without any valid reason. NO ANIMAL SHOULD BE SUBJECTED TO INHUMANE & WICKED CONDITIONS BY ANY MAN ON EARTH.
    Our criminal code to protect Animals are totally OUT DATED. Therefore these ANIMAL PROTECTION LAWS NEEDS SIGNIFICANT AMENDMENT TO bring back the newer versions to fit the modern world, so the Laws could be implemented accordingly & the perpetrators who break the laws could be punished accordingly.
    Please help this voiceless Bear before it is too late. PLEASE DO THE NEEDFUL A.S.A.P… Thank you.

  6. arturo just died in argentina. must free this bear to where it is used to being in the cold now.

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