Target: Hector M. Timerman, Ambassador of the Argentine Republic to the U.S.
Goal: Investigate the treatment of bears, lions, and tigers at Lujan Petting Zoo in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Lujan Zoo in Buenos Aires, Argentina allows visitors to pet, feed, and take pictures with its animals. These animals include lions, tigers, and bears, ranging from cubs to fully-grow adults. Uploaded pictures and videos from visitors at the zoo show people riding lions and tigers, and holding up tiger cubs and bear cubs. Visitors have noted that most animals appeared to be sleepy or possibly sedated. The Lujan Zoo is putting humans and animals at risk by having them together in such close proximities. Urge Argentinian authorities to investigate the animal welfare and human safety regulations at the Lujan Zoo.
The general manager of the zoo claims that the animals are raised with dogs to teach them how to behave around humans. Apparently, the animals are also kept well fed before interacting with humans. However, some visitors have said that the animals looked like they were sedated so that people could pet them. In order to ensure that visitors got a good picture, trainers throw water on the animals’ faces or dangle meat in front of them. Pictures also show zoo visitors roughhousing with bear cubs and grabbing them by their back legs to keep them still for photographs.
These types of interactions are dangerous to the humans and animals. Diseases and infections can easily spread between humans and cubs. In addition, wild animals should not be exploited for monetary gain. Zoos should be promoting the concept of keeping wildlife in the wild by respecting animals and having visitors learn about them from a distance.
The Lujan Zoo is risking the lives of many innocent people by putting them in such close proximity with large and dangerous animals. Unfortunately, whenever a human becomes a victim of a wild animal attack, the animal is usually shot and killed as well. Although these animals are supposedly well trained, wild animals are always unpredictable. Many wild animal owners have been mauled and attacked by their own pets. The Lujan Zoo needs to be investigated to ensure that neither animals nor humans are put in danger. Sign the petition below to ask the Argentinean ambassador to the United States, Hector Timerman, to launch an investigation into the Lujan Zoo’s business practices.
Dear Mr. Timerman,
I would like to bring to your attention the Lujan Zoo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This zoo allows visitors to pet, feed, and take pictures with large predatory animals such as lions, tigers, and bears. Zoo visitors can sit on and ride adult lions and tigers, as well as hold and feed cubs. The Lujan Zoo is putting humans and animals at risk by having them together in such close proximities. I would like to urge you to investigate the animal welfare and human safety regulations at this zoo.
Some visitors have observed that the animals looked sedated and lethargic. Visitors also saw trainers throwing water on the animals’ faces and dangling meat in front of them to ensure that they would take a good picture. The manager of the zoo claims that the animals are well trained and well fed before interacting with humans. However, the fact remains that these animals are wild, and therefore, unpredictable. In addition, diseases and infections can easily spread between humans and cubs.
The Lujan Zoo should be promoting wildlife conservation and teach visitors how to appreciate wildlife from a distance. Instead, the zoo seems to be exploiting these animals for monetary purposes, while putting human lives at danger. Please launch an investigation on the Lujan Zoo to make sure that neither humans nor animals are put in danger.
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