Help Close the Greater Vancouver Zoo & Save the Animals
Please sign this petition to help close the Greater Vancouver Zoo and save the last remaining animals by sending them to a sanctuary.
The Greater Vancouver Zoo has suffered a string of large animal deaths that are extremely troubling.
2015- 08- 17: Rakesh, a 15 month old male red panda died of a fungal infection at the Greater Vancouver Zoo two months after being transferred from Winnipeg as part of a program to preserve endangered species. Veterinarians in Manitoba had not diagnosed Rakesh with the illness because he wasn't showing any symptoms and there was no information in his medical cards.
2014-04-29: Hani, a 3 year old Siberian tiger was found dead. The necropsy results were never made public. Hani died after just a day of showing symptoms of being off her food and lethargic. The median lifespan of a female Siberian tiger in captivity is 14 years.
2013 December: Sweetie an 18-year-old Siberian tiger was euthanized who was suffering breathing problems, a loss of appetite and ongoing lethargy. It was later found to be a hernia.
2013 July, The zoo euthanized 'Charlie' a 46-year-old white rhino. The necropsy determined his teeth had deteriorated and food had blocked its esophagus.
2012 November, a 12-year-old giraffe named 'Jafari' was found dead inside his 'heated' barn. He had no apparent previous health conditions.
2011 November, Jafari's mate 'Eleah' and son 'Amryn' were found dead inside their barns.
There is ONE surviving giraffe left. His name is 'Pompy' and he is 5 years old.
2011 the Zoo was forced to put down an 18-year-old African lion after an inoperable tumor was found in his chest.
2009 April, it was reported that 4 zebras had died after 2 African Buffalo were introduced to their enclosure. The zoo did not make the incident public at the time. A spokesperson for the Vancouver Humane Society stated that the zebras were between 5 and 15 years old, and died from exertional myopathy, a muscle disease causing damage to muscle tissues which is caused by physiological changes (often extreme exertion, struggle, or stress). The spokesperson also stated that African Buffalo are extremely dangerous and although the two species co-exist in the wild, they should NOT have been placed together in an enclosed space.
2008 May, a thief broke into the zoo when it was closed, and entered the Spider Monkey enclosure. The thief killed Jocko the male monkey, via skull fracture. The thief kidnapped Mia the female monkey. She was never found. The 2 spider monkeys cohabited for 15 years.
2008 June, Skye, a female Golden Eagle, was killed by a lioness after landing in the lion enclosure, following a run-in with a group of crows.
2008 August, a four-year-old boy was landed on by a Harris Hawk. According to the zoo's spokesperson, the hawk mistook the boy's head for a perch. However, questions have been raised as to what motivated the bird to leap off the lure and fly towards the boy.
2006 May, the Crown Counsel of British Columbia laid formal charges against the Greater Vancouver Zoo, in accordance with the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, for failing to provide adequate facilities for a baby hippo acquired in October 2004. "Hazina" the baby hippo that found fame after appearing in a TELUS Christmas advertising campaign, spent 21 months living indoors secluded from the public in a concrete pen and spent her days in an 8 foot by 8 foot pool. This was the first case of a major Canadian zoo being charged with cruelty to animals. However, in January 2007, the case was stayed, as crown counsel believed, with the opening of a new habitat for hippos, that it was no longer in the public interest. THE ZOO LOST ITS ACCREDITATION FOR 2 YEARS. (Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums- CAZA)
In 1997, two reports by Zoocheck Canada and UK veterinarian Samantha Lindley called on the Greater Vancouver Zoo to improve conditions for the animals it holds, such as rhinoceros and big cats. By 2003, few improvements had been made. Recommendations were made to the zoo, including gradually moving away from its current function of a zoo and becoming a sanctuary for native species; however, the zoo refused as they wanted to carry on displaying exotic species.
This petition is not affiliated with BCSPCA or the Humane Society. It is a petition for people who want to voice their opinions regarding the inhumane treatment of animals at the Vancouver "zoo". Giraffes, Tigers, Rhinos, Zebras, Camels, Hippos and African buffalo are not native to Canada and should not be suffering through our climate.
Vancouver's lack of sunlight, increasingly cold and damp winters is an inappropriate climate for exotic animals accustomed to living in a desert environment. Clearly this is evident in the amount of preventable animal neglect cases and deaths.
The Greater Vancouver zoo is doing relatively little conservation work. They're still primarily about putting animals on
display for profit. Animals were not put on earth for our amusement.
The Greater Vancouver Zoo is a 120-acre (49 ha) zoo located in Aldergrove, British Columbia.
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