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Close Indonesia’s Surabaya Zoo: sample letter

March 21, 2012


Indonesia’s Surabaya Zoo has recently come under fire yet again for keeping animals in filthy, severely crowded, inadequate enclosures and for the long list of animals who have died or gone missing at the decrepit facility. The most recent death was the zoo’s only remaining giraffe, who died after ingesting plastic, which is believed to have been thrown into the animal’s enclosure.

Last year, the Ministry of Forestry demanded a change in the zoo’s management, but there have been no improvements in the welfare of the animals at the facility. Please write to the Ministry of Forestry and Surbaya city officials and demand that the suffering of animals at the hands of the Surabaya Zoo be ended for good. Please ask them to close the zoo and transfer the animals to more suitable facilities.


Please note that is disabled, but I will keep it in in case it gets reactivated. But you can send a free fax, directions are below, it only takes a minute or two, thank you.

The Honorable Zulkifli Hasan
Minister of Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia
+62-21-570-4501-04; +62-21-573-0191

Please also write or call the Indonesian embassy in the U.S. and ask the ambassador to do everything in his power to intervene on behalf of these animals.

His Excellency Dr. Dino Patti Djalal
Indonesian Ambassador to the United States
2020 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
202-775-5365 (fax)

Contact details for Indonesian embassies outside the U.S. can be found here.

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Dear Honorable Zulkifli Hasan and His Excellency Dr. Dino Patti Djalal,

I am writing today to encourage Indonesia’s Surabaya Zoo to close and relinquish the animals to appropriate sanctuaries, rescues, or reserves, and I am respectfully requesting that His Excellency Dr. Dino Patti Djalal do everything in his power to intervene and help these animals.

Please allow me to elaborate. Despite new management, the zoo has once again been exposed to inadequate care, neglect, and abuse. These beings have been subjected to enslavement; forced to endure inadequate, dirty spaces; given inferior medical treatment and care if any; suffer from lack of companionship; and are denied food and fresh water. In fact, a giraffe recently died and was found to have ingested exorbitant amounts of plastic that was believed to be thrown to him. As the result of a more attentive and compassionate group, individuals comprising a large global audience concerned with these animals have been respectfully offering scientific and medical evidence establishing the debilitating natures to which these animals are exposed. Sadly, however, corporate greed and indifference have resulted in their deteriorating mental and physical states. By refusing to release them, management has established their approval of animal cruelty, and I am appalled to learn of the deliberate involvement in the exploitation of animals.

Although Indonesia’s Surabaya Zoo may assert that humane protocols must be followed, the visual evidence validates the position that these directives are being ignored in favor of park management profit; nevertheless, establishing a threshold of humane treatment is ambiguous at best, these standards being implemented by those with questionable interests, its oversight managed by those who exploit animals for funds.

I hope Indonesia’s Surabaya Zoo makes the compassionate decision to close the facility; please discontinue your imprisonment of these animals and reject complicity in the unethical industry that profits from their suffering. However, as  long as the Surabaya Zoo continues to unnecessarily capitalize on the exploitation, imprisonment, and maltreatment of them, I will not financially support Indonesia. It is important to recognize that consumers are increasingly rejecting those destinations via tourism and commerce that are complicit in the suffering and unnecessary treatment of animals by shifting their loyalties to those places that do not participate in the exploitation of them, and I hope that Indonesia’s Surabaya Zoo will extend such an ethical and empathetic gesture as well.

I know your time is limited and I thank you for your attention; I look forward to a positive response.


surabaya zoo
shame on you
to treat as animals
as badly as you
please close
down your killing
release the animals
to sanctuaries
so they do not
suffer any more

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

One Comment leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    March 21, 2012 3:11 pm

    surabaya zoo
    shame on you
    to treat as animals
    as badly as you
    please close
    down your killing
    release the animals
    to sanctuaries
    so they do not
    suffer any more


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