Close/Reform Surabaya Zoo
Andrew Leite

State College, PA

#1 Apr 23, 2014
- WARNING: the contents of this article and pictures on the link below may be upsetting or distrubing to some
http://www.change.org/petitions/dr-susilo-bam...
A lion hanged in his cage. A giraffe, dying from a lump of plastic in her stomach. A young, highly endangered tiger, found dead, unable to breathe.
These images sound like a nightmare of a terrifying torture compound where animals go to die. Most would not believe that these instead are true accounts of incidents at the Surabaya Zoo in Indonesia. Established in 1916 It is one of the oldest and most famous zoos in the South Pacific. In the past few decades, however, its reputation has been edging more towards infamy.
What little solace some of these animals may find in this captive habitat is by no means an argument to rival the evidence to the contrary. A quick Google Image search of ‘Surabaya Zoo’ shows enough sad and destitute that these beautiful creatures are kept in. It is clear from several sources and accounts that overcrowding, mistreatment, and carelessness are common amongst the cages and enclosures of Surabaya. Animals that are protected from similar treatment in their natural habitats have been ignored, mistreated, and abused on a daily basis. In fact, as atrocious the environment they have constructed is, Surabaya contains several animals that are high on the international endangered species lists, such as the Sumatran tiger and the Komodo dragon.
Surabaya has announced plans to completely update the way the zoo is managed and how visitors can learn and experience the exhibits, and this course of action is a wise one. But it would be beneficial for both the administration and the animals themselves for these animals to at the very least be relocated to a safe, clean and medically supportive environment.
At this point it seems as though the best solution is a shutdown of the zoo, at the very least temporarily. This petition is a cry for help to the President of Indonesia, Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, presenting a 5-step process to help the animals as quickly and efficiently as possible. It is understandably difficult to come to terms with the fact that certain areas of the world are not yet ready to support certain kinds of more high-maintenance public works. But in truth, the Surabaya Zoo has really only fallen into this advanced stage of disrepair and mismanagement within the last couple of decades.
The facility itself may not be beyond reform. Several of the steps that this well presented petition offers certainly seem to step in that direction, and I advocate that after each and every animal has been seen safely to a well maintained and professional environment, the government officials who have recently taken over the administration of the Surabaya Zoo take every measure to restore the facility under the supervision of experts and specialists to make the ideal living space for any and all animals under their care. The process will take time and money, yes, but the current zoo reform efforts that the Surabaya administrators are working towards focus upon the learning experience and interactions opportunities that the zoo presents to its visitors. It is obvious that we can all learn more and have a more positive experience overall in a zoo where the animals we come to see are happy, healthy, and engaged in their artificial environments.
Lets do everything we can to turn this nightmare into the dream it strives so hard to become. It may not seem like it, but your contribution to this petition could turn the tide and save the life of the next animal who has suffered too long from malnourishment, abuse, or neglect.
Andrew Leite

State College, PA

#2 Apr 23, 2014
Also please leave your own comments with your thoughts or opinions. Thank you all.
Jean Kulhthamer

Paris, France

#4 Apr 24, 2014
One question : Who the fck care ? LMAO

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#5 Apr 26, 2014
Animals die. It has been happening that way since life on earth began. Animals ingest things and die all the time. Animals also asphyxiate them selves. Dead tigers unable to breathe (I don't get the problem with this one. Dead beings usually don't breathe but whatever). If you don't like zoos, don't go to zoos but there is no need to deprive others of the experience because you (irrationally) feel sad.
Faith

New Baltimore, MI

#6 Aug 7, 2014
USA R0CKS wrote:
Animals die. It has been happening that way since life on earth began. Animals ingest things and die all the time. Animals also asphyxiate them selves. Dead tigers unable to breathe (I don't get the problem with this one. Dead beings usually don't breathe but whatever). If you don't like zoos, don't go to zoos but there is no need to deprive others of the experience because you (irrationally) feel sad.
You are a coward. You are nothing but a little p**sy hiding behind a keyboard. Punk.

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