Target: Hangzhou Zoo
Goal: Prevent animal abuse against zoo animals by strictly supervising all exhibits
Animal cruelty in Chinese zoos is not uncommon. Despite frequent criticism and supposed “crackdowns,” zoos in China are still seeing an alarming amount of animal abuse towards the zoo animals. Recently, a lion and lioness were mercilessly pelted with snowballs at Hangzhou Zoo. Action must be taken to prevent further instances of abuse like this from occurring again.
The snowball attack was initiated by a sole individual but he was later joined by others. This young man started the attack simply because he thought it would be hilarious to pelt the lion and lioness with snowballs. Those who participated in the attack ranged from adults to children. Visitors of the zoo need to remember that animal abuse is an unforgivable act of cruelty, not entertainment, and it is up to zoo management to provide adequate protection for the animals.
The lion and lioness were completely helpless against the attack. Their enclosure made them “sitting ducks” because the individuals were easily able to throw the snowballs down at the lions. It is clear from the pictures of the event that the animals were frightened; they were huddled together and desperately tried to find shelter from their attackers.
While zookeepers claimed that snowballs technically cannot hurt such large animals, this is no excuse for the animals to be treated in such a manner. It does not matter how big an animal is or if they can be “technically” harmed by their attackers; animal abuse is still an act of cruelty no matter how it is done.
Unfortunately, this is not the first instance of animal abuse that has occurred at Hangzhou Zoo. It has been reported that numerous visitors have been caught throwing things at the animals. Visitors have been known to throw whatever they could get their hands on. Some visitors have thrown trash and rocks at the defenseless animals.
Given the number of times this has occurred, the staff of Hangzhou Zoo can no longer ignore this issue. Please sign the petition below to urge the staff of Hangzhou Zoo to strictly supervise their animals so no more instances of animal abuse can occur.
Dear Staff Members of Hangzhou Zoo,
Recently, a lion and lioness suffered from animal abuse at your zoo. These animals were mercilessly pelted with snowballs in their enclosure. They were attacked by visitors of the zoo. During the time of the attack, staff members of the zoo were no where to be found. The defenseless animals were forced to endure the attack in its entirety because no one was able to stop the attackers.
Measures need to be taken in order to better protect the animals of your zoo. Security and supervision of the animals needs to be increased in order to prevent future acts of animal cruelty from occurring. This is not the first instance of animal cruelty to happen in your zoo. Please take the action to supervise your exhibits and visitors to ensure that the animals no longer have to face unnecessary acts of animal abuse at the hands of your visitors.
[Your Name Here]
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