Justice for Tigers Found in Maggot-Infested Cages

Target: Volodymyr Topchiy, Director of Mykolaev Zoo

Goal: Punish person responsible for the oversight that led to three tiger cubs being trapped in a maggot-infested shipping box for days on end.

Three tiger cubs destined for a Syrian zoo were recently rescued by Lebanese officials. The tigers were found in a cage too small for them to stand up or move around in, which was left in an airport for nearly a week before being found. During transport from a Ukrainian zoo, the tigers were apparently lost due to a “transport error,” though they were found in an unmarked crate that did not indicate the presence of live animals.

The Siberian tiger cubs were forced to urinate and defecate all over each other during this period, and their crate was infested with maggots when they were found. These maggots were found all over the back thighs and anal areas of the animals as well. The cubs were severely dehydrated and in need of medical care. According to rights group Animals Lebanon, the mixup with the animals’ travel route was ‘unacceptable’ and could have resulted in death.

This treatment of such a rare and important animal is shocking. It seems that the zoo sending the animals failed to make any indication that the shipment contained live animals, possibly in an effort to save shipping costs. Sign the petition below to demand that the person responsible for this oversight is terminated from their job for inflicting such suffering on these cubs.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Topchiy,

Three tiger cubs were recently rescued from a maggot-infested crate after being left in a Beirut airport for nearly a week. The tigers were crammed into a cage so small that they could barely move, which was then put into an unmarked crate. They were forced to urinate and defecate all over themselves, and were found with maggots living in their thigh and anal regions. The animals were severely dehydrated, and had they not been rescued, could have died.

It is currently suspected that the entire ordeal transpired due to a “transport error.” However, it is unlikely that this would have happened had the crate been properly marked with “live animals.” This oversight was incredibly cruel and potentially deadly. We, the undersigned, demand an investigation into this incident and that the person responsible be fired immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Keven Law

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18 Comments

  1. Kathryn Irby says:

    Three tiger cubs being trapped in a maggot-infested box is Unacceptable, and is blatant Animal Abuse!!! Shut Down this Zoo PERMANENTLY!!!

  2. Suzanne Casterlin says:

    This is disgusting!!!!!! These are wonderful sentient animals and should not be abused.People do not deserve zoos because of the manner in which they treat animals.Sometimes I think it would be a blessing if these animals became extinct,they wouldn’t be tortured any longer.

  3. Maij Carter says:

    Shut this zoo down now. These poor babies could have died a slow painful death. Give the owners a hefty fine and close the zoo for good.

  4. Destined for Syria? There’s nothing left of Syria thanks to the West and Assad’s cronies, so who are the morons who made the order to import these poor sweethearts to such a war zone? They should be strung up too.

  5. THESE THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO OPEN UP ZOO’S BECAUSE THEY DO NOT LOVE THE ANIMALS, THEY CARE ABOUT THE MONEY.

    • CLAUDIA BRISENO says:

      Not just third world countries sweetheart. We got plenty of that crap in our own back yards here in thr good ole U.S. of A

    • CLAUDIA BRISENO says:

      Not just third world countries sweetheart. We got plenty of that crap in our own back yards here in the good ole U.S. of A

  6. These poor tiger cubs! Those responsible are grossly negligent. I hope the 3 cubs are in a safe place now.
    Like BinaP, I can’t imagine what they were sending them to war-torn Syria for.

  7. I’ve understood that since 2012 the mother of these very cubs has given birth to at least 12 cubs. The other (so at least 9) cubs have all been sold off to private / undisclosed buyers.

    If this is indeed the case, writing to the (seemingly corrupted) zoo’s director is not going to make a difference. He’s likely to be in on it, and cares only about profit.

    Instead wouldn’t it be better to initiate a petition to have the zoo and its director and management investigated?

    Please let me know if I’ve missed something.

    Marj

  8. So sad ! And pathetic. .these poor animals are suffering once again because of humans..

  9. THIS STORY MAKES ME SICK AND MAD AS HELL. HOW COULD ANYONE BE SO IRRESPONSIBLE AND CRUEL TO NOT PROPERLY IDENTIFY THESE ANIMALS AND ALMOST COST THEM THEIR LIVES NOT MENTIONING THE HORRIFIC ABUSE AND CRUELTY THAT THEY SUFFERED IN THIS SMALL CRATE WITH NO FOOD,WATER, MAGGOTS ETC.
    I HOPE THEY RECOVER AND GO TO A SANCTUARY WHERE THEY ARE VERY WELL TAKEN CARE OF WHICH THEY DESERVE AND DEMAND.
    WHO EVER DID THIS MUST BE IDENTIFIED AND SEVERELY PUNISHED.

  10. UNACCEPTABLE TO TREAT THESE SACRED ANIMALS LIKE THIS NOW. GREAT PEOPLE TO SAVE THEM .

  11. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    Marj: thanks you have me wondering as well with the other 9 cubs sold to private buyers?…Why are these little ones being sent to Syria, a country that people are fleeing from really makes you wonder???
    Is this “ZOO” just breeding for profit?
    Poor labelling, and no follow-up, causing near death of these cubs, is totally animal abuse in any language!
    Independent investigation needs to be conducted as soon as on this so-called zoo.

  12. Sooo many sad stories of wonderful animals being severely mistreated sickens my heart. I do what I can and donate small amounts. I encourage everyone to do the same!! Imagine if we all pitch in $5 to animal causes how much good can be done!! Power in numbers!!

  13. Zoo??? What a joke! Responsibility? Another Joke! Activists Unite! Contact FOUR PAWS / VIER PFOTEN and help them to get these poor creatures to a reputable sanctuary! The manager(s) of that “zoo” are clearly incapable! Action must be taken. Petitions are not enough!

  14. SHUT THIS DOWN NOW ARSEHOLES

  15. OR ALL OF THESE INSANE AND INHUMANE BREED SOMEONE FORGOT MAIN THINGS IN HUMANES EDUCATION.
    WHO IS IT?

    ALL OF THAT  BARBARIC  MUD AND RESPONSIBLE  NONPERSONS  ARE ONLY SENSELESS FOR ALL OTHER TERRESTRIALS – RECYCLE THEM  TO ALLIGATORS – THE SINGLE MEANING OF THESE SCUM!

  16. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗️?

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