Target: Fairfax County, Virginia Executive Edward L. Long, Jr.
Goal: Shut down Reston Zoo, which severely neglects its animals
Although roadside zoos are known for their lack of proper care for and inhumane treatment of animals, some are worse than others. Reston Zoo of Vienna, in Fairfax County, Virginia, has earned notoriety over the years for its extreme animal neglect.
In 2012, the director of the zoo was arrested after she drowned an injured wallaby instead of seeking help for it or putting it down humanely. She was fined as well as arrested, but the zoo is still operating below acceptable standards. It houses various exotic monkeys, including zebras and leopards, but these animals are forced to live in dirty, poorly made structures that appear as if they could fall apart at any minute. The animals’ housing is also entirely insufficient for protecting them from weather conditions; in the case of a major storm, many animals would surely suffer injuries.
The zoo has made news recently for a variety of other scandals. A spider monkey was discovered suffering from frostbite and also injured, and it had received no medical attention. Unidentified euthanasia was also found on zoo grounds, even though none of the zoo employees are trained in euthanasia, or in the use of medical equipment.
The animals living at Reston Zoo are in constant danger because of the unacceptable conditions they are forced to live in. Although the zoo director was arrested, the zoo is still operating below any acceptable standards, and its animals are living in a harmful environment. Demand that the zoo be shut down and all of the animals moved to safe and healthy sanctuaries.
Dear Executive Count Executive Long,
The Reston Zoo is notorious for its gross mistreatment of its animals. It has made national headlines again and again for its neglect and for the disturbing events that have taken place there. A place like this is a danger for animals and a blemish upon the country.
The scandals that have taken place at Reston Zoo are well-known, and do not need to be reiterated: cruel deaths, harmful neglect, and questionable medical practices have made the zoo famous. Its failings are nationally known, and it is viewed by all who hear of it as a horribly inhumane home for animals. It fails to meet any acceptable standards for housing animals, and all of the animals living there are forced to live with improper living conditions and shelters. It is dangerous to keep animals, especially exotic animals, in such conditions. The animals already living in the zoo must be sent to safe sanctuaries, and the zoo must be shut down.
The zoo is dangerous for the animals living in it, and it is a place of cruelty that still exists in our country. It must be shut down in order to ensure animals can have a better chance at living healthy lives, and the animals already living in the zoo must be transported to sanctuaries where they will be properly cared for.
[Your Name Here]
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