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Indonesia’s Largest Zoo Accused of Animal Abuse

Indonesia’s largest zoo has come under investigation for animal abuse after a 30 year old giraffe died, with 40 pounds of plastic trash found in its stomach.  However, Kliwon, the giraffe, was not the first to die in Surabaya Zoo as more than 15 out of 4,000 animals at this particular zoo die per month.

The animals live in littered, tiny cages, many of them emaciated and injured, including a white tiger with back problems and covered in skin lesions.  The entire zoo is overcrowded with 180 pelicans practically piled on top of each other in their one volleyball court-sized cage, and breeding is out of control as the males and females are not separated due to lack of space, and contraceptives are too expensive.  The animals are just exhibits in this zoo as the entrance fee is less than $2, clearly not enough to feed and care for all the animals, and the visitors throw food and garbage into the cages.

The staff at Surabaya Zoo have also been accused of stealing the meat meant for the lion’s food to sell at the local market, and some animals, which had disappeared, are suspected of being sold in the exotic pet trade.  Tony Sumampouw, a government appointed experienced zookeeper, has desperately been trying to repair the zoo and has considered “…about privatizing or transferring some of the animals”.

Check out the original article here, at The Huffington Post.

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I am stunned.  It took me a while to consider if I even wanted to write this post because of how pissed I was – and am – just thinking about what is going on at this zoo.

First off, I don’t understand what took so long for this zoo to be accused of animal abuse.  In the original article (the link is above), it states that before Tony Sumampouw was appointed by the government to run the zoo, there were 20 deaths a month, with him bringing the death rate down to fifteen.  If there are 20 deaths a month at one zoo, let alone the country’s largest, and probably most popular, zoo, then why weren’t they investigated before?!  It doesn’t make any sense.

After reading the article, it’s obvious that the 4,000 and some animals are treated with absolute zero respect, especially if the staff of the zoo are stealing the animal’s food and selling the animals to the exotic pet trade!  

The article does not state how we can all speak out against the Surabaya Zoo, but I have done my research and have found the zoo’s email address and phone number.  

I have sent them an email stating that I will never ever be a visitor of their zoo until they find a solution, such as privatizing it like Tony Sumampouw said, or completely renovating it.  I beg you all to do the same, because if we have enough concerned animal lovers speaking out against them, then possibly, along with the bad publicity they are currently getting, things will change and animals could be saved.

So please, pass this along, comment, rant, rave, and give us your opinion of what is going on.

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*Note:  Click on the link above to read the full article and to check my source.  The picture was taken from the source.  I, however, summarized the article (the italicized section at the top) in my own words, and the opinions, thoughts, phrases, and words in this post are my own: © Kalie Lyn, 2011.*

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Miracle Dog’s Story: Let’s Not Let It Happen Again

Miracle Dog

Daniel, a beagle mix dog, emerged scared but unharmed from a gas chamber on October 3rd, after trying to be euthanized by Animal Control in Alabama.  He is now considered “Miracle Dog” because he survived.

Daniel was eventually flown to Eleventh Hour Rescue in New Jersey, a volunteer based organization which saves dogs from being put down.   Now, two weeks later and he has found a home.  Joe Dwyer and his family, along with four other dogs – a two dachshunds, a beagle mix, and a pit bull mix – have given Daniel a comfortable and permanent home.

This article really touched me in different ways.  First, I was so glad to hear that the “Miracle Dog” Daniel was able to become adopted after surviving such a horrible death attempt.  And while that is all good and dandy, it irks me to no end that nowhere in the article (the article above is my “summarized-in-my-own-words” version) does it mention the horrors of gas chambers and how to stop shelters and animal control facilities from using them.  

So, because it was not mentioned anywhere in the article, I will take it into my own hands and cover how truly inhumane a gas chamber is and how we can try to stop them.

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Humane vs. Inhumane:  Euthanasia by Injection (EBI) vs. Gas Chambers

It takes up to 25 to 30 minutes for an animal’s life to end in the gas chamber and during that long half hour, the animal does not lose consciousness and brain function until after their organs shut down, which causes a prolonged suffering.

It takes 3 to 5 seconds for the animal to lose consciousness and brain function with EBI and death happens within 2-5 minutes.  The fact that they lose conciousness before they die means they have less suffering and pain.

Euthanasia by Injection is done one animal at a time with a worker who comforts and and holds the frightened animal when it is injected; maybe the only kindness that animal has known.

In gas chambers many animals, of the same species, are put there in at once.  The noise, heat, and smell of the gas coming into the chamber frightens the animal and causes them to fight and attack one another, making it an even more inhumane way to die.

It has obviously been reported, as seeing from “Miracle Dog” above, that not all animals die from gas chambers, making their experience that much more horrifying.

All animals humanely and peacefully die with EBI.

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The above was summarized from the Humane Euthanasia of Shelter Animals Fact Sheet from the American Humane Association.  Click on the fact sheet’s link to read detailed reasons why gas chambers are chambers of horror.

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Now, how to stop shelters from using gas chambers.  It is reported that only nine states have laws that ban all forms of gassing on every animal in shelters.  To see that list, visit the fact sheet link above.

How can you get your voice heard against  the use of gas chambers as a method of euthanasia?  Well, for starters, visit the American Human Association’s Stop Gassing page and see what you can do to speak out and help.

Remember, we are a voice for animals.

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*Note:  Click on the links above to read the full articles and to check my sources.  The picture was taken from the source.  I, however, summarized the article (the italicized section at the top) in my own words, and the opinions, thoughts, phrases, and words in this post are my own: © Kalie Lyn, 2011.*