Amid Complaints of Animal Neglect, ‘Worst Zoo in the World’ Closes Its Doors in Croatia

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“As a member Country of the EU ( Croatia joined only last July 2013 ) I have to ask why this filthy, decaying & pitiful excuse of a zoo; has been allowed to have its doors open for so long???”

Split, Croatia’s second largest city, is situated on the Adriatic coastline and is one of the country’s most popular vacation destinations thanks to its location and historic monuments, some of which date back to the Roman times.

While tourists have often been satisfied with their visit to Split, one particular attraction – the Split Zoo – has left many visitors disturbed.

A number of low-level reviews have been left about the unaccredited zoo on TripAdvisor, with one visitor stating, “This is by far the worst zoo I have ever seenThe bears had … feces everywhere … and the food being given to the animals looked like it was completely rotten … Someone please shut this place down and send the animals somewhere else!!!”

Another reviewer reported, “The zoo in Split is located at the very top of the Marjan Hill and can be reached by foot from the old town in about 20 – 30 minutes. Unfortunately, on the top of the hill, you will find a very sad place and tears may easily wet your eyes.”

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For years, animal protection groups in Croatia have been trying their best to shut this zoo down, deemed the “worst zoo in the world” by tourists for its poor care of animals and small, dirty enclosures.

Non-profit advocacy group Animal Friends Croatia sent a letter to Split’s city authorities urging them to close the zoo in both 2005 and 2012, calling it a “genuine animal torture space” in their 2005 letter.

After years of pressure and a recent exposé and call to action in the national newspaperJutarnji List, the zoo has finally decided to close its doors.

News Link:-http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/amid-complaints-of-animal-neglect-worst-zoo-in-the-world-closes-its-doors-in-croatia/

ACTION Splicani and morning’s stop terror and save the animals suffering!

Author: Zrinka Korljan Posted: 03/13/2014

Exotic species should be moved elsewhere, and Marjan establish a reserve of domestic animals.

Split Zoo in Split for years was known only by the poor: astounded tourists to sites of Split, the garden is described as the worst memory of your vacation, and local activists persistently struggle to re-zoned area.

Recently all shocked by the news that Tiger Demetrius limp, and that nothing is being done to address the situation. In addition, they say that all they were in the garden, animals makes strange noises. After some time, the problem with the big cat’s paw is resolved, but strangely voting left. Combined with the generally depressed impression in the garden, say activists, tiger voting sounds really painful.

Split is better not to have any zoo than this which violate all the rules, and the animals are kept in really awful conditions – says Srdjan Marinić, president of the Society “Marjan”, which this week sent a request to the Veterinary Inspection to monitor the keeping of animals and health conditions in the zoo … Read the full article at: http://www.jutarnji.hr/1168994 (Vojko Basic / Getty)

Link to pictures:- http://www.jutarnji.hr/zivotinje-u-splitskom-zoo-u-u-nehumanim-uvjetima/1168982/

Translated link:-http://www.jutarnji.hr/splitski-zoo–prekinimo-uzas-na-marjanu–spasimo-zivotinje-koje-pate—/1172972/

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GRAPHIC IMAGE: Danish zookeepers kill healthy baby giraffe with a bolt gun because he was ‘surplus to requirements’ – then feed him to the LIONS

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WTF…this young giraffe didn’t have to die, this is so fxxxxd up! Marius was offered numerous homes along with a guy willing to pay thousands of pounds to save the animal. This is more than tragic & has shown us the public, an insight into these so called Conservation breeding programs! If these zoo’s allow these births, then they should be prepared to re-home the animals if they do not fit in the correct genetic make-up!! 

Thanks to my dear friend on twitter.com/9marbar9 for heads up on these. Please sign:

  1. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/666/714/094/boycott-zoosrevenge-for-marius/
  2. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/142/274/832/they-killed-marius/#next_action
  • Marius was shot with a bolt gun at Copenhagen Zoo
  • Spokesman said they were unable to find Marius a home at another zoo
  • Thousands had signed petitions appealing for a change of heart
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park reportedly put in a last-ditch offer to take Marius in

This is the horrific moment schoolchildren crowded around to watch as the body of a perfectly healthy giraffe was chopped up before being fed to lions.

Despite more than 20,000 people signing an on-line petition to save two-year-old Marius, staff at Copenhagen Zoo yesterday went ahead and shot the animal with a bolt pistol.

Young children stood at arm’s length as his carcass was skinned and dissected before the meat was thrown to the lions.

Perfectly healthy: The giraffe named Marius who was shot dead and autopsied in the presence of visitors to the gardens at Copenhagen Zoo

The Danish zoo said the drastic move was needed to combat inbreeding and insisted the display was educational.

But animal rights campaigners last night condemned the killing of Marius, saying it exposed the cruel reality of welfare even in Europe’s top zoos.

Marius’s plight had triggered worldwide outpourings of protest, including an offer to re-home him in Britain, with many saying they were sickened by a zoo killing a healthy animal.

Copenhagen Zoo said it was told by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) that Marius was genetically too similar to the other giraffes in its breeding programme. Because captive animals are bred from a limited gene pool, zoos are monitored to prevent inbreeding and ensure the health of future generations.

After announcing plans to have Marius put down, the zoo received offers of a new home – including one from Yorkshire Wildlife Park – as well as a private buyer who offered 500,000 euros (£410,000).

A crown gathers for the public autopsy on Marius’s body

But bosses said the rules of EAZA membership meant animals could not be transferred to institutions that did not follow its rules on breeding programmes.

The zoo’s scientific director, Bengt Holst, said it was the same as parks culling deer to keep the whole population healthy.

He said: ‘Giraffes today breed very well, and when they do you have to choose and make sure the ones you keep are the ones with the best genes. The most important factor must be that the animals are healthy physically and behaviourally and that they have a good life while they are living, whether this life is long or short.’

Marius (centre) was shot with a bolt gun and will be chopped up for the other animals’ dinner.

Mr Holst said the zoo didn’t give its eight giraffes contraceptives due to ‘unwanted side effects on the internal organs’ and in order to allow animals to display natural parenting behaviour. According to Danish media, Copenhagen Zoo destroys 20-30 animals a year, including bears, tigers and zebras.

Mr Holst told the BBC spaces at institutions such as Yorkshire Wildlife Park should be reserved for ‘genetically more important’ giraffes and that the campaign to save Marius had gone ‘much too far’.

To supporters’ horror, the zoo yesterday announced Marius had been killed with a bolt gun instead of a lethal injection, which would have contaminated the flesh.

His carcass was then skinned and chopped up while visitors crowded around and the meat was fed to the lion population.

A lion feasts on the remains of Marius at Copenhagen Zoo after the mammal was put down earlier in the day

A spokesman said parents were allowed to decide whether their children should watch what the zoo regarded as an important display of scientific knowledge about animals, adding that it would have been ‘foolish’ to let the meat go to waste. Doncaster-based Yorkshire Wildlife Park, whose Danish head of ‘hoofstock’ offered to re-home Marius, said it was ‘saddened’ by the news.

‘We have a state-of-the-art giraffe house built in 2012 with a bachelor herd of four male giraffes and the capacity to take an extra male, subject to the agreement of the European studbook keeper,’ it said.

However the park said it received no response by the time it learnt that Marius had been destroyed.

Stine Jensen, of Denmark’s Organisation Against the Suffering of Animals, said the killing showed Copenhagen Zoo was not ‘the  ethical institution that it wants to portray itself as being’.

Longleat Safari Park yesterday admitted it put down two lions and four cubs. The Wiltshire park said it had too many lions and they were growing violent. But visitors asked why new homes were not found.

Copenhagen Zoo Kills Giraffe Rare Red “Marius” Giraffe Killed for Science feed to carnivores (Not Graphic)

 

Published on 9 Feb 2014

Rare Red Giraffe Put Down at Copenhagen Zoo Marius Giraffe Killed for Science. Efforts to win a last minute reprieve for a young giraffe called Marius at Copenhagen Zoo have failed and the zoo has put the animal down. 
Scientists defended the action saying that giraffes had to be selected to ensure the best genes were passed down to future generations.
Thousands of people had signed an online petition urging the zoo to find the giraffe another home. The carcass will partly be used for research and partly to feed carnivores.Malcolm Brabant reports.

Graphic Video: Animals Are Not Ours To Use For Entertainment : Petitions to sign

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Most people go to circuseszoos, or marine parks because they “love animals” and have no idea what happens behind the scenes or how unnatural it is for animals to be captured, confined, and forced to perform for our entertainment.

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Undercover investigations have shown that elephants, tigers, and other animals on the road with Ringling Bros. and other circuses are electro-shocked, beaten with long metal rods called “bullhooks,” and denied proper veterinary care. Animals used in circuses spend most of their lives chained inside boxcars and never get to live freely with other animals, as they would in the wild.

Life in a zoo isn’t much better: Animals often live in barren enclosures—hundreds of times smaller than their homes in the wild. To make money, zoos breed animals in order to have babies to showcase, and sometimes older or less popular animals are even shipped off and replaced with cuter ones.

Even under the best of circumstances at the best of zoos, captivity cannot begin to replicate wild animals’ habitats. Animals are often prevented from doing most of the things that are natural and important to them, such as running, roaming, flying, climbing, foraging, choosing a partner, and being with others of their own kind.

Zoos teach people that it is acceptable to interfere with animals and keep them locked up in captivity, where they are bored, cramped, lonely, deprived of all control over their lives, and far from their natural homes.

Similarly, marine parks like SeaWorld give orcas and dolphins nothing more than what is essentially a concrete bathtub to live in. Forced to perform for large, noisy crowds, orcas become frustrated, bored, and aggressive.

If zoos, circuses like Ringling Bros., and marine parks like SeaWorld really cared about animals, they would let them live freely in the wild and wouldn’t force them to suffer for profit. You can show these industries that YOU care about animals by never purchasing a ticket to a zoo, a marine park, or a circus that uses animals and by spreading the word to your friends and family

News Link:-http://www.peta2.com/issues/animals-are-not-ours-to-use-for-entertainment/

Petition to support ‘last animal circus’

( If this petition is launched & you love animals; please don’t sign it)

The promoter of what is being billed as “the last animal circus” in Malta is planning to launch a petition in favour of the genre.

Pressure to ban animal circuses from the island has grown over the years. Last summer an overwhelming 94 per cent of those who took part in a public consultation exercise said they believe all animals should be banned from circuses.

Animal rights activists have staged repeated protests arguing that animals are often beaten during the training process.

And in the last Budget it was announced that a White Paper would be issued on banning circus animals.

Local circus organisers have always insisted that the animals they use in their shows are not ill-treated.

In the face of this trend, two circuses – an animal and a marine one – will be set up in Malta in the coming weeks.

The Viviana Orfei circus, featuring tigers, horses, hippos, zebras, camels and ostriches, among others, is at Gżira this weekend. Its promoter, Silvio Zammit, said in a statement that this was the last opportunity to see an animal circus in Malta.

However, on Facebook he said a petition would soon be launched in favour of animal circuses, in reply to one person who thought they had already been banned.

In his statement he said the animals were born on the circus and formed part of the circus family. Animal cruelty, he added, was totally condemnable.

News Link:-http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20131209/local/Petition-to-support-last-animal-circus-.498170#.UqjScdLud84

Petition to sign against using animals in circuses:-

Circus tigers give birth on way to Malta

Animal circuses are accompanied by controversy every time they come to Malta at Christmas time.

But this year’s circus at Gżira came with a twist after two female tigers gave birth to six cubs on their way to Malta. 

The cute twist is unlikely to fend off criticism from animal lovers who feel animal circuses are wrong. But as the cubs whine under the watchful eye of their mothers the Viviana Orfei circus owners insist the birth of the cubs is proof of the good care they give animals.

Born in captivity, the owners argue the animals know no better. “They are part of our family,” they insist.

Video & News Link:-http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20131211/local/tigers.498545#.UqjVHNLud84

Page full of petitions to sign: WE MUST HELP THE VOICELESS:-

http://preciousjules1985.wordpress.com/more-up-to-date-petitions-that-need-your-signature-please/

Italian man mauled to death by three tigers in closed-down zoo

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A 72-year-old man was killed by three tigers in a closed-down zoo in northern Italy after he entered the animals’ cage to feed them, according to media reports.

Tigers relax in their enclosure at the private park in Pinerolo near Turin Photo: EPA/ALESSANDRO DI MARCO

The zoo, in the mountainous area of Pinerolo near Turin, was closed due to financial difficulties in 2009 and its owners had not managed to relocate nine tigers and one leopard kept there, the Corriere della Sera daily reported.

The tigers attacked the zoo’s caretaker suddenly as he was feeding them, and his wife raised the alarm, state broadcaster RAI said. Emergency services confirmed his death at the scene

Locals had previously expressed concerns about the tigers, which were not sterilised and recently had cubs.

Edited for Telegraph.co.uk by Barney Henderson

News Link:-http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/10156624/Italian-man-mauled-to-death-by-three-tigers-in-closed-down-zoo.html

After Tiger & Bear Death – Is Help Finally Coming For The Remaining Animals Of Surabaya Zoo

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“Few words are needed to describe this zoo, dirty, overcrowded, dilapidated; hell on earth for it’s poor residents. Many need moving to specialist zoo’s who can undo the harm caused at this disgusting hovel. There are rumours that meat brought in for the animals is shared amongst the staff to take home either for themselves or to sell on; that would account for the animals being so thin! Also talk of  wildlife trafficking as some animals have gone missing in the past! 

“Even the Mayor, although disgusted with the zoo, seems to have her hands tied. I have tried to cover as many stories as possible, so that you may read at your leisure. Although I found nothing concrete about the welfare of the animals until I came across this Facebook site:-Surabaya Zoo Animal Welfare Action – Cee4life

I feel slightly relieved, now that I can see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel! Now Surabaya Zoo Animal Welfare Action – Cee4life are involved, hopefully things will start to change for the better for the remaining animals, along with the zoo management planning updates to more cages etc. 

“I’ve included more news links about the zoo below; before I found out about Surabaya Zoo Animal Welfare Action – Cee4life getting involved; I think it important that people know the full history on this pathetic place. Please sign, cross post & share all the petitions; especially this one:-http://www.thepetitionsite.com/330/792/006/stop-the-deliberate-cruelty-of-surabaya-zoo-animals/

Boycott Indonesia, don’t vacate there until something is done about Surabaya Zoo, where animals are literally dying of hunger & disease!! The best site for up-to-date  information is Surabaya Zoo Animal Welfare Action – Cee4life the Facebook page of:-https://www.facebook.com/SurabayaZooAnimalWelfareActionCee4life/timeline

Yet another Surabaya Zoo animal dies

Sumatran tiger at Surabaya Zoo in Surabaya, East Javadied on early Thursday after suffering digestive and respiratory problems for two years. 

The zoo’s curator, Penta, said that Rosek, a 13-year-old Sumatran tiger, was found dead in its cage by a zookeeper. “We had been trying to treat Rosek and gave it enzymes for digestion. We also took the animal outside its cage for a walk and some sun,” Penta told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

He said Surabaya Zoo now had only 10 Sumatran tigers, seven of which were females. One female tiger is currently undergoing treatment for an illness similar to that of Rosek. “Her name is Melani, see her picture below, it’s hard to believe a tiger in a zoo, could be left to get so bad!”

Internal conflict has plagued Surabaya Zoo since 1998 and peaked in 2007, when a number of animals died allegedly due to poor treatment. On Sept.8, 2012, Santi, a white tiger, died due to paralysis“The video below is of a white tiger”

Data show that almost 250 animals at Surabaya Zoo died in 2011, including a mountain goat that suffered digestive problems.

An autopsy found plastic bags in its stomach. The zoo’s veterinary team also found 25 stones in the stomach of a dead crocodile.

From June to August 2010, 20 animals died at the zoo, including a Sumatran tiger and 13 baby komodo dragons. Most of the animals died from pneumonia, dehydration caused by diarrhoea and malnutrition, while other problems included a dirty and poor environment and lack of nutritious food. (asw/ebf)

News Link:-http://m.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/04/04/yet-another-surabaya-zoo-animal-dies.html

SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP)An emaciated female Sumatran tiger was in critical condition at Indonesia’s largest zoo Wednesday and may have to be put down after another rare tiger died at the problem-plagued facility earlier this month.  (Please see a very positive update to this story below, regards the beautiful tigress Melani…courtesy of  Surabaya Zoo Animal Welfare Action – Cee4life ) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=408313559283212&set=a.407286619385906.1073741828.407276089386959&type=1&theater

Melani was born at the Surabaya Zoo 15 years ago and has been suffering from an undiagnosed digestive disorder for the past five years. Her weight has dropped to less than 60 kilograms (132 pounds), down from 75 kilograms and below the normal range of 75-110 kilograms. Her eyes look sunken and bones can be seen beneath her skin. “See the video below!”

Monday, April 15, 2013 photo, a keeper tries to feed Melani, a 15-year-old female Sumatran tiger that has been suffering from an undiagnosed digestive disorder for the past five years, in her cage at Surabaya Zoo in Surabaya, Indonesia. The emaciated female Sumatran tiger was in critical condition at Indonesia’s largest zoo Wednesday and may have to be put down after another rare tiger died at the problem-plagued facility earlier this month. (AP Photo)

“I think euthanasia is the best option to end her suffering because it is difficult to be cured,” said Tony Sumampouw, chairman of Indonesia’s zoo association, who was appointed to oversee the Surabaya Zoo after the government took control of it in 2010.

He added that Melani’s illness is likely the result of mismanagement and poor nutrition since she was young.

Melani is one of 10 Sumatran tigers — the world’s most critically endangered tiger subspecies — left in the zoo following the death two weeks ago of Rozek, a 13-year-old male. He suffered similar gastrointestinal problems for four years.

Melani has now been transferred

The zoo’s remaining Sumatran tigers, which are part of a breeding program, are kept in dirty, cramped cages along with 10 Bengal tigers. All appear healthy, but remain at great risk, Sumampouw said.

Chaerul Saleh, the WWF wildlife group’s campaign coordinator on endangered species protection, said he hopes the latest tiger cases will force government and zoo authorities to do more to safeguard the animals. Strong action is needed to change the culture of neglect and corruption within the facility, he said.

The zoo has been plagued by uncontrolled breeding, a lack of funding for general animal welfare and suspicions that staff members may be involved in illegal wildlife trafficking.

Full News Link:-http://bigstory.ap.org/article/sumatran-tiger-may-be-euthanized-indonesia-zoo

A Surabaya Zoo health worker checks the pulse of a sick 35-year-old female elephant named Fitri, which was suffering from swollen joints in her leg Picture: AFP/Gett

Questioned in Berlin, Surabaya Mayor Ashamed of Zoo

TEMPO.COSurabaya Surabaya mayor Tri Rismaharini received many questions about the management conflict in Surabaya Zoo (KBS) when she visited Berlin a few months ago. As the result of the continuing conflicts, some animals died and abandoned“I was truly ashamed when they highlighted KBS. I could not do anything,”

Risma could only explain that the management of the Zoo is conducted by the Ministry of Forestry and not her authority. “They asked, how does your country manage this? I am honestly ashamed at the time,” said Risma.

Full News Link:-http://en.tempo.co/read/news/2013/06/29/206492180/Questioned-in-Berlin-Surabaya-Mayor-Ashamed

The Sorry State of Surabaya Zoo 

Published on 18 Jun 2013

Melani the Sumatran tiger heaves herself painfully to her feet, walks to the fence and is hand-fed a few pieces of chicken cut into small chunks. She’s skin and bone, but she eats less than a child might before returning to chew, like a sick domestic cat, on the grass.

There are less than 400 of Melani’s kind still roaming the dwindling forests of Sumatra, and soon this zoo-bound specimen will also be dead, after spending most of her life in squalor in Surabaya Zoo.

She suffers from an unidentified wasting disease which means her food, even when it’s minced, passes through her, almost entirely undigested. 

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/ani…

Surabaya Zoo – Animals Severely Neglected 

Published on 13 Mar 2012

The Surabaya Zoo is a nightmare, plagued by uncontrolled breeding, a lack of funding for general animal welfare & staff are involved in illegal wildlife trafficking.

Zookeepers have been taking meat meant for the tigers and selling it in the local market. The tigers are emaciated & the 180 pelicans packed so tightly they cannot unfurl their wings without hitting a neighbour.

Last week, a giraffe died with a beachball-sized wad of plastic food wrappers in its belly. “This could be the white tiger that has already passed away; a blessing I think, seeing the state she was in”

News from Surabaya Zoo Animal Welfare Action – Cee4life  25th June 2013 MELANI has now been moved

Melani has been transferred to Taman Safari.

FANTASTIC NEWS – MELANI. Not long ago, I have been informed by Zoos and Aquaria and Taman Safari, Indonesia, that the beautiful tigress Melani, has been safety transported and arrived at Taman Safari.

She is eating well, however her front and lower K9′s are looking quite rotten. Her demeanour is wonderful and she is now currently under going further veterinary testing. This is Melani when she arrived hours ago at Taman Safari. 

On a side note, we understand that people are very passionate about this case, however please DO NOT write abusive or threatening letters to either Zoos and Aquaria or Taman Safari, as these are NOT the people who have had control over Surabaya Zoo.

In any case, if you write, please keep your language polite, however instead of cluttering up the good peoples email boxs with your demands, please work together in a positive way. As you can see, Melani is now getting the correct care she needs, she is safe and in the best hands now.

That does not mean the other animals of Surabaya are to be forgotten about. Please keep signing and sharing the petition http://www.thepetitionsite.com/330/792/006/stop-the-deliberate-cruelty-of-surabaya-zoo-animals/ We will let it run until we leave for Indonesia. Thank you so much for your support, more to come on Melani soon ~ Sybelle

News from:Surabaya Zoo Animal Welfare Action – Cee4life :-https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=408313559283212&set=a.407286619385906.1073741828.407276089386959&type=1&theater

Please Read Additional News on the condition of the Surabaya Zoo & it’s animals:

In this photograph taken on March 1, 2012, Surabaya Zoo personnel attend to a 30-year-old ailing giraffe named Kliwon. The last remaining giraffe in the zoo died with 20 kilograms of plastic found in its stomach, the latest in a string of unusual animal deaths at the country’s biggest zoo. Picture: JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty Images

Related post on giraffe death:-http://preciousjules1985.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/surabaya-zoo-giraffe-death-brings-indonesia-animal-abuse-to-light/

White tiger dies in Surabaya zoo (sadly this could be the one on the above video):-http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/09/09/white-tiger-dies-surabaya-zoo.html

Zoo takes terrible toll on animals:- http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/zoo-takes-terrible-toll-on-animals-20130526-2n5ct.html

10 Photo/News article by CBS News:-http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-202_162-10011625.html

Disturbing state:-http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/03/15/the-disturbing-state-of-indonesias-zoo-of-death/

49 Animals Transferred From Surabaya Zoo – At last some are rescued (they call it transferred)

TEMPO.COBanyuwangi – As many as 49 animal collections from Surabaya Zoo (KBS) were transferred to Mirah Fantasia, Banyuwangi. The transferred animals include elephants, orang utans, iguanas, hippos, bekantans, gazelles, and some other mammals and birds.

From Surabaya, the animals were transferred by trucks to Mirah Fantasia. Rahmat Suharta, the Chief of Health Department from Surabaya Zoo, said that some of the animals must be transferred because KBS has been overloaded.

Rahmat also informed that Mirah Fantasia has already gained a conservation center operational license from the Natural Resources Conservation Office.

Ketut Suwardika, Mirah Fantasia Deputy Director, expected that the new collections will increase the number of visitors.

News Link:-http://en.tempo.co/read/news/2013/06/05/206486062/49-Animals-Transferred-from-Surabaya-Zoo

A baby elephant pulls against the chains secured around its legs as it moves around a cramped, concrete cell. One of the keepers tells Sumampau the chains are used to train the young elephant to walk.

Tony Sumampau was brought in by the Indonesian government to lead a temporary team to improve conditions when it took over the privately run zoo in 2010. He now spends two days a week trying to teach zoo staff how to care for animals kept in cramped and unsanitary living conditions for far too long.

Before Sumampau arrived, about 25 of the zoo’s 4,000 animals died each month, many of them prematurely, from disease and neglect. Among them was a cheetah, a gift from South Africa’s President, whose leg was bitten off by a tiger and later died.

Poor sanitation and uncontrolled breeding also remain serious challenges for the zoo.

Lutvi Achmad, the head of the East Java Natural Resources Conservation Center, who works with Sumampau, told CNN, “This overpopulation has been going on for so long, there’s inbreeding and for sure this won’t be a good thing for the Surabaya Zoo.”

The biggest problem Sumampau says is the lack of understanding of animal welfare and conservation. He is slowly training the zoo’s 70 keepers but faces resistance from some who have worked in the zoo for years, even decades.

Read More Of the Above News:-http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/24/world/asia/indonesia-surabaya-zoo

Read the following horror stories regarding Surabaya Zoo:-

Like This Facebook Page:-https://www.facebook.com/savetheanimalssurabayazooindonesia

Petitions to sign, please spare 5 minutes & help save the animals of the Surabaya Zoo

The last petition relates to Surabaya Zoo Animal Welfare Action – Cee4life The petition has gained many signatures & I am hopeful that when handed over, things will change at the zoo, for the better! So please if you only sign one petition, let it be this one, Sponsored by: Cee4life Conservation & Environmental Education 4 Life

Surabaya Zoo – Joining Forces – Cee4life has joined forces with Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) to help aid the animals of Surabaya Zoo. We are very happy and excited to have connected with JAAN. Together we can do extraordinary things ~ Sybelle

FaceBook Page:-https://www.facebook.com/SurabayaZooAnimalWelfareActionCee4life/timeline

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Beno the black bear dies at Surabaya Zoo. R.I.P

Unfortunately, whilst writing this (over several days), I have just found out more tragic news from the above site. Beno the black bear suffering from a terrible skin condition & or cancer, has sadly passed away.

R.I.P Beno, I hope you have now found the freedom & health, that was so cruelly denied you whilst caged up at Surabaya zoo!

Although the above is very sombre news indeed, I am just thankful that Surabaya Zoo Animal Welfare Action – Cee4life have got involved. If anyone can kick their ass…it will be Sybelle!!

Animals For Asia Coalition- Neglect & suffering: – http://asiaforanimals.com/coalition-voice/latest-news/item/63-neglect-and-suffering-at-surabaya-zoo-indonesia

http://embassy-finder.com/indonesia_embassies

Read the Letter Sent from the ASA on behalf of the following organisations: http://asiaforanimals.com/images/PDF/AFA%20letter_zoo%20licensing_apr12.pdf:-

 Asian Animal Protection Network
 Animal Guardians
 Animal People
 Animals Asia Foundation
 Animal Concerns Research & Education
Society
 Humane Society International
 Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society
 International Animal Rescue
 International Fund for Animal Welfare
 Royal Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals (UK)
 Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals, Hong Kong
 World Society for the Protection of
Animals

Tiger Tests Life in Captivity, Chooses Freedom

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A tiger walks into a zoo.

That may sound like the beginning of a joke, but in this case, it’s just the start of an fascinating story. Cats are known for their innate curiosity, and an endangered Bengal tiger in India proved to be no exception.

In April, keepers at India’s Nandankanan Zoo discovered that the wild male tiger had left the forest and — somehow — entered the zoo’s enclosed grounds. The zoo staff had no ideahow the tiger had gotten in, but it didn’t take long to figure out why. By all indications, the lovestruck kitty was attracted to the zoo’s female tiger, which, unsurprisingly, lives in an enclosure.

Concerned by the presence of a dangerous animal wandering the grounds, the zoo prepared a twenty-person team to capture the wild cat before he could attack anyone. However, before the plan was implemented, zookeepers tried a wild idea: opening the female’s cage door.

Amazingly, the wild tiger strolled right in, happy to meet his potential new mate. The zoo staff then found themselves with a new problem on their hands: what to do with the second tiger. The cat, however, had no such worry.

For a month, he made himself at home, availing himself to the free food, shade and sedentary lifestyle that comes with being a captive animal.

But then he apparently got bored.

Tired of life in a cage, the tiger opted to leave the zoo as suddenly as he arrived. Using the same ninja skills that got him into the zoo, he broke out — a feat that should have been impossible. The cat escaped by scaling the zoo’s two-story security wall, an exit that was mostly caught on video, until, like any good escape artist, the tiger severed the camera’s wiring.

“The Central Zoo Authority guidelines prescribe a 16-foot height for enclosure wall, but this enclosure wall was higher,” Chief Wildlife Warden, J D Sharma, told the New Indian Express. “The tiger apparently climbed the walls using the angle irons fitted at 8 feet and 16 feet height to support the structure. There is enough evidence of it walking on top of the wall.”

As for the animal’s current whereabouts, locals say the tiger hasn’t been seen since its prison break, although they believe he may still be in the nearby forests.

Smart kitty.

News Link:-http://www.ecorazzi.com/2013/06/07/tiger-tests-life-in-captivity-chooses-freedom/

 

Detroit’s Tiger Cub Photo Represents The Opposite Of Hope For Big Cats

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UPDATE: Since this posting, the Detroit Tigers organization has taken these photos down from its website and Facebook page….

Today is the official opening day for Major League Baseball in America.

For many, the day signifies hope – a new season, a fresh start, a promise of a good year. Millions of fans from all over the nation flock to stadiums to cheer on their favorite baseball heroes. Many of these fans are children who look up to the athletes as role models and emulate their behaviors.

This is why we were especially disappointed to hear that, last Friday (March 29), the Detroit Tigers organization posted photos on its Facebook page of its star players handling a tiger cub at a spring training game.

The photos got so much attention that they were subsequently posted on USA Today’s website.

Undoubtedly, the Tigers, like so many other animal enthusiasts in the U.S., did not realize that cub photo ops represent the very opposite of “hope”.

Not only do the photos send the wrong message that handling a wild big cat and treating it like a “pet” is an acceptable thing to do, and frighteningly, despite the fact that 17 adults and 5 children in the U.S. have been killed and nearly 300 other people have been injured by captive big cats within recent years, many people added comments to the Facebook posting that express enthusiasm for owning a tiger, but these photo op’s also represent less than a hopeful situation for the poor cub.

After all, he was brought to the ballpark by Dade City‘s Wild Things Zoo, a private zoo that shamefully allows the public to swim, bottle feed and cuddle with tiger cubs and has repeatedly been cited by the USDA due to poor veterinary care, improper cub handling, and unacceptable fencing, among other disturbing issues.  

Dozens of U.S. traveling zoos and roadside exhibitors profit from charging the public a fee to pet and pose with tiger cubs and other large big cats.

People don’t realize when they patronize these facilities that they are contributing to a huge public safety and animal welfare problem that exists in the U.S. today.

After the cubs grow too big and dangerous for handling, all too often they could be kept in someone’s backyard; sent to a roadside zoo; bred incessantly to further fuel the cub handling trade, or could even be killed.  

In one notorious incident of severe cruelty, investigators found more than 90 dead tigers, including 58 cubs stuffed into freezers, on the property a self-professed animal “rescuer” who charged admission for people to visit the tigers.

This is why passing the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act – a nationwide ban on private big cat ownership and breeding that will soon been reintroduced in Congress-is so important.

The Detroit tigers now have a key opportunity to use their national voice to turn this around and pledge that they will, in the future, choose not to pose with tiger cubs because they would never knowingly want to support an industry that thrives off the exploitation of big cats.

This would be a most appropriate way to kick off a season of hope. -TC

For more information about our efforts to protect big cats in captivity, visit our campaign page.

Petition link:-http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/get-involved/support-big-cat-and-public-safety-protection-act

News Link:-http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/news/detroits-tiger-cub-photo-represents-opposite-hope-big-cats

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