Target: Beijing Zoo
Goal: To demand that Beijing Zoo remove zoo animals from its restaurant menus
While some zoos are scrutinized for mistreating animals, most zoos strive to raise awareness and compassion for wild animals. Zoos are generally established in order to care for endangered animals and to educate the general public about these animals. Zoos hope to build tolerance and respect for animals in order to promote co-existence between human beings and animals.
Unfortunately, Beijing Zoo is doing little to promote tolerance and respect for animals. In fact, Beijing Zoo is doing the opposite by choosing to serve zoo animals on its menus. The zoo’s restaurant offers guests the option to eat “exotic” meals by providing them the option to eat the relatives of the animals on exhibit. While this already seems like a horrific act that contradicts the very mission of mosts zoos, Beijing Zoo has gone even further by providing signs on the animals’ cages that provide information on which parts of the animals are the tastiest and which parts of the animals can be used to make traditional Chinese medicine.
It is extremely irresponsible for a zoo to do something like this. This zoo is doing anything but promoting a love for animals and a desire to protect them. By allowing its guests to consume zoo animals, Beijing Zoo is encouraging the consumption of endangered animals and disrespect for animal life. China is already under constant criticism for its blatant disregard for animal welfare and its constant cases of animal cruelty. China is also seeing a rise in endangered species and yet nothing has been done to help protect these animals. Beijing Zoo is demonstrating that it is part of the problem and not the solution. Sign the petition below to demand that Beijing Zoo stop offering zoo animals on its menus.
Dear Beijing Zoo,
As a zoo, I find it absolutely appalling that you would offer to serve your zoo animals as an “exotic” meal to guests. This is extremely contradictory of a zoo’s mission. Until recently, you also provided signs on the animals’ cages providing information about which of the animals’ parts were the tastiest and which of the animals’ parts could be used in making traditional Chinese medicine. Instead of promoting respect for animals and educating the general public about the importance of these animals, you are encouraging the consumption of these animals; you are contributing to their further decline and potential extinction.
China already has a persistent problem when it comes to animal welfare and the preservation of endangered animals. Instead of helping find the solution to these problems, Beijing Zoo is a part of the problem. I am urging you to stop serving zoo animals on your menus and instead of educating the public about the “tastiest” parts of an animal, to educate them about the importance of preserving and protecting these animals.
[Your Name Here]
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