The Mexican government has seized eight tigers and two jaguars who were found starving and living in poor conditions in a notorious makeshift Cancun zoo run by Jose Juarez Gil. Five cubs born at the facility in November had already died because of neglect.
Animal protection groups like Gente Por La Defensa Animal (GEPDA) have advocated for these big cats for years, and last year, it looked as if the animals would be transferred to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado. However, Gil managed to secure a last-minute injunction to stop the rescue! Now, a judge and Mexico's federal environmental protection agency will decide the cats' fate in court.
Please write to Mexico's Federal Office for Environmental Protection. Ask officials to release the big cats to The Wild Animal Sanctuary—a reputable facility in Colorado that can provide these animals with the proper space, care, environmental enrichment, and respect that they deserve.
Your letter will be sent in Spanish to Federal Office for Environmental Protection officials, but it will be translated as follows:
Please Release Cancun Tigers and Jaguars to a Sanctuary!
I was grateful to learn that Jose Juarez Gil's big cats were recently seized by government officials, and I understand that their fate is in your hands. Wild animals suffer terribly in captivity, so I respectfully ask that you allow for the tigers and jaguars to be sent to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado. This is a wonderful facility that is eager to provide these animals with the proper space, care, enrichment, and respect that they deserve.
Thank you for your consideration.