‘Rescued’ big cats now in zoos? Free Diego, Albert, and Guacho!
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Background | Source 3dayz
The Mexican Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) recently seized 3 abused and neglected big cats – Diego, Albert and Guacho – from their so-called caretakers. Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado, USA has agreed to provide a safe haven for these cats and to cover all costs of transportation, but Mexican authorities have been reluctant to cooperate.
The Mexican Wildlife Act does not prohibit the purchase of cats if applicants meet certain requirements. However, in most cases the cats are seized by PROFEPA showing that wild animals should not be held as companion animals.
In the mean time lion Diego lives in Zacango Zoo, tiger Albert lives in Guadalajara Zoo and lion Gaucho lives in Papagayo Park (which is a zoo as well). Unfortunately zoos exist for the entertainment of people and not for the well-being of animals, who are caged and exploited for profit. Wild Animal Sanctuary on the other hand is a non-profit rescue center dedicated exclusively to rescuing captive exotic and endangered large carnivores. The center has 720 acres of rolling grasslands where the animals can develop their natural abilities.
Please contact PROFEPA and SEMARNAT (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) and ask them to grant permission for these cats to be relocated to Wild Animal Sanctuary and to revise the Wildlife Act so that animals such as big cats can no longer be held as companion animals! Simply fill in the form on the right and click ‘Send’. You can also edit the letter to your liking – personal letters carry much more weight and prove more effective than form letters.
Recently 3 big cats – Diego, Albert and Guacho – were seized by PROFEPA after receiving complaints of negligence, abuse, and the inability to provide them with the space required. To date, these animals live on sites that cannot provide in the basic needs for the cats.
Wild Animal Sanctuary (WAS) is a sanctuary located in Colorado, USA, and specializes in the rescue, relocation, and care of wild animals. In its history, it has housed animals seized in Mexico, Panama and Bolivia, and the United States. WAS has offered to provide a safe haven for Diego, Albert, and Guacho, providing living conditions that allow them to develop their natural abilities, providing a balanced diet and necessary veterinary care.
I would like to ask you to issue the necessary permits so that these 3 cats are moved to the United States and relocated to the Wild Animal Sanctuary without further delay.
I also urge you to revise the Wildlife Act, which applies to all of Mexico, so to offer complete and solid protection to big cats and other wild and exotic animals not to be kept as companion animals.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this important appeal.
we were born to be the lords of our domain,
in the driest of seasons and the
heaviest of rains.
but here we languish
in a zoo,
to be gawked at
and exploited by
humans like you.
there are kinder ones
who run a place, you see.
where we can feel as if we
and be what lions are
supposed to be.
so mexican authorities,
let us go to the Wild Animal
Karen Lyons Kalmenson