Target: Phyllis K. Fong, USDA Inspector General
Goal: Close Baton Rouge Zoo where 21 animals have lost their lives this year alone.
Twenty-one animals died at the Baton Rouge Zoo this past year, the most recent being three monkeys that were attacked by two domestic dogs that broke into the zoo through lax security. The zoo itself is in bad condition, according to visitor Kerregan Layne. “Instead of seeing healthy, happy animals, people go in and see empty exhibits, animals who look depressed, and overgrown sidewalks.” The deaths of these 21 animals is just the icing on the cake.
There is no final word as to how this has been allowed to happen. Some point the blame at the animals’ caretakers. Currently, there has been no proper investigation of the zoo nor any clear answer as to how the animals were allowed to lose their lives. When investigated, the zoo was reportedly found blameless and the case was brushed aside.
We need to find the truth behind these tragedies and ensure there are no more. Animals in zoos are just as vulnerable and priceless as our pets and wild animals, they deserve to be treated with dignity and loving care and given happy, high-quality environments to live in. The deaths of these 21 animals need not be in vain. Sign this petition to demand the USDA conduct a proper investigation of these deaths and that the zoo be closed if violations are established.
Dear Ms. Fong,
Twenty-one animals died at the Baton Rouge Zoo this year, a horrifyingly large number. Three of these animals were mauled to death by dogs that were somehow allowed to break into the facility. There is no solid word as to how these deaths were allowed to happen and there has yet to be a proper investigation of the zoo. We must find the truth behind the deaths of these animals and if there is criminal neglect occurring, the caretakers must be disciplined and the zoo shut down.
Please conduct a thorough investigation of these 21 deaths as well as the Baton Rouge Zoo itself. These poor animals did not deserve to die; we must ensure that their loss will not be in vain. Please help us save the remaining animals at the Baton Rouge Zoo from the same sad fate.
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