Investigate Controversial and Dangerous Petting Zoo

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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.

PETITION LETTER:

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.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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7 Comments

  1. ITS IS CLEAR THAT THESE ANIMALS ARE BEING EXPLOITED ITS APPAULLING THAT THEY ARE CAGED FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT OF THE PEOPLE OF ARGINTINA. BUT TO MAKE MONEY FROM PUTTING HUMAN LIFE AT RISK BY DRUGGING THESE ANIMALS FOR PEOPLE TO GET SO CLOSE TO THEM IS A DISGUSING FORM OF EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE OF WILD EXOTIC ANIMALS. PLEASE AMBASSSATOR STOP THIS. THESE ANIMALS SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT AT THE VERY LEAST TO A WILDLIFE PARK DO THE RIGHT THING PROTECT YOURE MAGNIFINANT WILDLIFE ANIMAS AND HUMAN LIFE ALSO.

    DENISE WEARS UNITED KINGDOM

  2. Animal abuse has many masks.

  3. Andrew Gill says:

    End these idiots practise now!

  4. THESE BARBARIC SCENERIES ARE MONSTERSWORK, NOT HUMANDEGRADING, ABSOLUTELY WRONG & UNACCEPTABLE AND TO BAN IN THE MOMENT! THIS HAS TO STOP IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!

    Pure infantile primitivism – what kind of unhumane monsters are able to handle and destroy LIVING BREATHING CREATURES in that way is unbelievable.

    HAVE YOU ALL LOST YOUR HUMANITY AND BRAIN, FERAL PERSONS RESPONSIBLE??

    People need to vote unacting authorities and officials acting irresponsibly to futuregenerations and living creatures out of occupations ONCE AND FOR ALL!

    DEFORMED UNHUMANE MONSTERS SHOULD SEPARATED AND LOCKED AWAY FROM CIVILIZED CITIZENS FOR DON´T DISTURB THEIR FEELINGS IN A NONHUMANE WAY!

    MONSTERHUNTERS NEEDED

    IT IS TIME N O W TO DEMAND ALL BRUTALIZERS and KILLERS ONTO A LIST TO CONDEMN THEM TO EXTRACHARGE FOR NGO´S working for FUTUREGENERATIONS!

    HOW CAN HUMANS ARE AS MONSTEROUS AS YOU, PERSONS RESPONSIBLE, LET A LIVING CREATURE IN THIS SITUATION – HOPE YOU EARN THE RESULT AS YOU DESERVES!

    THESE KILLING- AND DESTROYING-HABITS ARE TO STOP – UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED BRAINHAVING SOCIETIES AND NOT EXEMPLARY FOR CHILDREN.

    MONSTERS should not have the right to live together with humanbeings.

  5. Carole Joyce says:

    Weather these poor animals are drugged or is irrelevant !! Can’t believe ppl are asking this. It is cruel treatment of these animals is why this is happening , and before someone says that woman in the picture could get hurt , I really don’t care she made that choice to go in the cage , that lion did not end of

  6. Someone needs to be appointed to the position of looking after this kind of animal cruelty and needs. These zoos doping, killing letting animals suffer needlessly, there has to be a meeting of global heads at UN level to appoint someone or group to stop the crap NOW!!!

  7. Travissa Hoffman says:

    We would never be able to exist in such confines…..no animal should. Do we truly trust that God believed we would be as callous as we are.

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