Demand Justice for Allegedly Abused Zoo Animals

Target: Andrés Waldemar Volmar Méndez, Secretary of the Municipalities Department of Recreation and Sports

Goal: Give former zoo curator the maximum legal sentence if he is found guilty of neglecting and abusing animals.

Healthy animals were reportedly abused at the Puerto Rico Zoo as an apparent result of the former curator’s actions. Demand Luis Figueroa be given the maximum legal sentence if he is found guilty of such crimes.

Healthy lion cubs were apparently euthanized. Zookeepers were then reportedly told to dispose of carcasses in the trash. Several other animals were also said to be euthanized, and another lion allegedly had to be euthanized after it was found to be too skinny and suspected of having to endure pain with no treatment as a result of cancer. A rhinoceros was further reported to have died of neglect after it was suggested by a USDA inspector that the animal also likely had cancer. Just as bad, some animals were allegedly found to be living in small enclosures without either food or water. Many zookeepers and animal activists apparently expressed concern to the media over how these animals were being treated. Reportedly, as a result, former curator Luis Figueroa immediately resigned.

Although it is likely for the best that the zoo is now managed by the city, Figueroa needs to be given the maximum punishment under law if he is found guilty of these horrific actions. Demand he be thoroughly investigated and given a harsh legal sentence if it is found he committed these thoughtless crimes.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Méndez,

As you know, General Curator Luis E. Figueroa resigned after he was accused of abusing and neglecting animals at the Puerto Rico Zoo. It is important that he be punished to the fullest extent of the law if he is found guilty of such actions.

Reports of abuse include lion cubs being euthanized, another lion having to be euthanized after allegedly having to endure cancer pain without treatment, as well as a rhinoceros being neglected after it was suspected that the animal also had cancer. Additionally, it was said that other animals were found to be living in enclosures that were too small, and further that many of them had gone long periods of time without being given food or water.

While it is likely good news that the zoo is now being run by city officials, Figueroa needs to be given the maximum legal sentence if he is found guilty of these horrible atrocities, in an effort to ensure that more animals do not suffer such neglect and abuse in the future. We therefore urge you to carefully investigate this case and to do everything possible to ensure Figueroa spends the maximum time in prison if he is found guilty of these actions. Animals deserve to have to best possible care, not to be neglected and abused by the humans they trust.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Orkomedix

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12 Comments

  1. This monster was paid to take care of animals yea right he did just that he killed them off after he abused,tortured them first.

    HE DESERVES TO GO TO JAIL FOR AT LEAST A YEAR, FINED A HUGE AMOUNT AND BANNED FROM HAVING OR BEING AROUND ANIMALS.

    I hope that the rest of the animals are well taken care of now by a people who care about them. We must follow up to make sure that happens.

    RIP ALL THE ANIMALS THAT DIED BECAUSE OF THIS AND MAY THEY GET THE JUSTICE THAT THEY DESERVE FOR THEIR DEATHS.

  2. The WORLD is watching! Prosecute to full extent Figueroa for the suffering he placed upon these animals. How will the city manage this zoo? Send the animals to sanctuaries, shut the zoo down.

  3. Take this guy f****** Beauties the s*** out of this mother f***** I wish I could have a few minutes with him where I could literally beat the living f*** out of this Prick what a piece of s***.
    This mother f***** needs to be punished and punished big time I think you should be punished until you f****** dies

  4. Karen Tipping says:

    Make sure this irresponsible cretin pays for what he has done.

    Cruelty and neglect of these sentient souls cannot go unpunished and people like me will speak out for them every time. Right is might

  5. Mania Azad says:

    A curator being paid for torturing and killing the animals in his own care? What exactly was he paid for?

  6. please let us not throw our humanity overboard with name calling and threats of violence against the perpetrators of abuse and neglect towards animals. through our efforts in this forum and in the world we have the capacity to enact the changes that are needed without added hostility. to be sure, justice will be served to those who thoughtlessly endanger animals, either in this life time or the next.

  7. How did this sadistic creep come to be in charge of this zoo anyway? He should be put away for a long time.
    Please close this zoo down, and send the animals to good sanctuaries where they will be safe from harm and properly cared for.
    As more and more information comes to light, we are finding that zoos are generally PLACES OF HORROR for the poor animal inmates. Zoos should be phased out, the animals sent to sanctuaries, and kindness and compassion toward animals – instead of sadism and barbarity – need to be taught and to become the NORM.

  8. Really ? Check this out : ” This is a sick lion in an African park….: ” This was our first lion encounter (@Klein Namutoni waterhole) in the Etosha National Park. As you can see the lion was rather skinny and it looked a bit like it had one shoulder displaced. Later we saw it with two other female lions so I think he is going to be ok…” https://www.flickr.com/photos/orkomedix/6731273585

  9. GUILTY NOW. JUSTICE FOR THE ANIMALS HERE NOW.

  10. Julie Windsor says:

    Disgusting behaviour towards innocent animals in his care. Should face lifetime ban from keeping any animal.

  11. This putrid Figueroa must be punished to the fullest extent of the law!!! He abused and neglected animals to death!!! His mean and callous actions are not acceptable by any standard!!!

  12. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    animal cruelity was proven to not work!

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