Target: Chen Jining, Minister of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China
Goal: Shut down the animal park where yet another visitor has been killed after being mauled by a tiger and send remaining animals to a sanctuary.
A woman was mauled and another fatally attacked by a tiger after they exited their car at a drive-through animal park. In just the latest fatal incident at Badaling Wildlife World in Beijing, China, a woman who exited her car was mauled by a tiger and her mother, who attempted to rescue her, was killed by the animal. This occurred in an area of the park where visitors drive their own vehicles through a Siberian tiger enclosure, an undoubtedly unsafe and perilous attraction.
Several human deaths have taken place at the park. Seven years ago, a young man was killed by a tiger in the enclosure Two years ago a security guard was also fatally attacked by a tiger, and earlier this year a park employee was killed by an elephant.
Moreover, the number of wild tigers in China has fallen to a little over 20 individuals, and such parks do little to help wild populations recover apart from profiting from keeping tigers and other animals captive. Critics also say such facilities are sometimes used as cover for the illegal trade in animal parts. Sign this petition urging authorities to shut down this park profiting from keeping wild animals captive and putting the public at severe risk of harm and death.
Dear Minister Chen,
The latest fatal attack at Badaling Wildlife World in Beijing proves that this dangerous facility must be shut down once and for all. Not only does this place keep wild animals captive for profit, it puts its visitors in grave danger of being injured and killed. At least three other people have lost their lives at the park, proving that it is a hazardous place.
Additionally, with just over 20 wild tigers left in China, this park should be rehabilitating its resident animals rather than keeping them captive for profit. Keeping frustrated and imprisoned wild animals in such close proximity to human visitors is a recipe for disaster and Badaling Wildlife World should be immediately closed down. Please ensure this dangerous facility is shut for good and all resident animals sent to suitable sanctuaries.
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