Sign the Petition: Stop More Animals From Suffering at the Manila Zoo
After a life filled with suffering, boredom, and isolation, Sisi, the Manila Zoo's lone orangutan, has died. At the Manila Zoo, Sisi was denied the opportunity to fulfill her most basic needs. Since 1981, she had been incarcerated in a tiny, litter-filled concrete-and-steel enclosure. Sisi was continually on display in a cage that was surrounded by noisy souvenir stands and food vendors, and she was provided with nothing to hold her interest, help her pass the time, or stimulate her keen senses. Although orangutans are tree-dwelling animals, Sisi spent her life on the ground or clinging to cage bars. Please sign the below petition and do your part to make sure that no more animals meet the same fate as Sisi.
Animals at the Manila Zoo are housed in cramped, barren cages that can't compare to their natural habitats. Many of the species housed at the Manila Zoo roam territories of hundreds of kilometers in the wild, but the entire Manila Zoo measures only 0.055 square kilometers. Many animals are exhibiting neurotic behavior, such as constant pacing, swaying their heads, and walking in small circles. Because of the lack of funding and resources, the zoo's infrastructure has deteriorated and conditions for animals have grown steadily worse.
Recently, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim announced a desire to acquire more animals for the Manila Zoo—and even requested an elephant from Thailand Ambassador to the Philippines Kulkumut Singhara Na Ayudhaya. Given the zoo's decrepit condition, it would be extremely cruel to subject even more animals to such miserable conditions. PETA Asia-Pacific and nine other Philippines-based animal protection groups—Animal Kingdom Foundation Inc., Animal Welfare Coalition (AWC), CARA Welfare Phils (Compassion And Responsibility for Animals), International Wildlife Coalition Trust, LovePets.com, Network for Animals, Palawan Animal Welfare Association Inc., the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and SAFE International Monitoring Program—have cosigned a petition urging Mayor Lim to abandon plans to import more animals for the Manila Zoo.
Please sign the below petition and join PETA Asia-Pacific—and animal protection groups worldwide—in asking Mayor Lim to halt plans to acquire more animals for the Manila Zoo. Instead, ask him to improve the lives of the animals already there or, better yet, to close the zoo altogether.
The giraffes, horses, turtles, crocodiles, rabbits, and deer who live at the Manila Zoo are crammed into extremely crowded cages. Sisi, an orangutan who lives all by herself, has only enough room in her cage to stretch out her arms. Mali, an isolated elephant, is housed alone in a concrete pen, and the tigers, who love to swim, are provided nothing more than a puddle.
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