Target: Lee Ying-Yuan, Taiwanese Minister of Environmental Protection
Goal: Shut down the zoo where a giraffe died of anxiety while being sent to another captive animal facility.
A stressed giraffe died after being loaded on to a truck to be transported from one zoo to another. The seven-year-old male giraffe Hsiao Chiu was due to be sent from the municipal Taipei Zoo to a private zoo, where he was being taken to mate, when he collapsed and died. The autopsy revealed that the animal was suffering from pneumonia and anxiety and that the stress of transportation triggered respiratory issues and muscular injury.
The zoo reportedly knew that Hsiao Chiu was an anxious and “sensitive” animal, having already postponed the trip. Yet the terrified giraffe was still confined to a cage and subjected to the stress of transportation. This comes after a male hippopotamus held at a private zoo in central Taiwan broke his leg and crushed his diaphragm after falling while being transported, eventually dying after being crushed inside a transport container the following day.
Clearly captive animals are improperly cared for in zoos in Taiwan and all over the world. Sign this petition urging Taiwanese authorities to shut down the municipal Taipei Zoo, ensure proper animal handling at other zoos around the country, and take urgent steps to phase out all captive animal facilities.
Dear Mr. Lee,
A seven-year-old giraffe named Hsiao Chiu has died after being subjected to the stress of confinement and transportation. The animal was due to be sent from the municipal Taipei Zoo to a private zoo, but collapsed and died as he was being loaded into the truck. An autopsy revealed that the giraffe suffered from pneumonia and died of anxiety, terrified by the transportation process. The zoo reportedly knew of this animal’s sensitive nature, yet decided to load him onto a truck anyway. Clearly this facility is not apt at caring for wild animals.
We are urging you to shut down the municipal Taipei Zoo before more animals die and implement tougher regulations to protect animals in zoos. Furthermore, please ensure Taiwan moves away from captive animal facilities altogether, as animals suffer and die when imprisoned in zoos.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Eric Kilby