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January

Lion/Lioness Hanging - A Killer in the Surabaya Zoo

by Cee4life - Conservation & Environmental Education 4 Life

Lioness murdered in Surabaya Zoo - Photo by Cee4life

On Monday 6th January 2014, a Lion/Lioness of Surabaya Zoo was found hanging from a snare inside of her cage.

The lion/lioness had lived in a dark dungeon like cage for a number of years and had displayed numerous signs of having deteriorated in a mental capacity.  It is thought that this deterioration was caused by her barren and desolate environment which consisted of a cement cell.

From first report, it is likely that someone from within or connected to the Surabaya Zoo has slung the hanging noose inside the cage then awaited for the lion/lioness to be near enough to tighten the noose around its neck and pull it up, eventually hanging the creature.

Director of Cee4life, Sybelle Foxcroft, said "This is a shocking development.  To resort to the killing of this Lioness/Lion by hanging, is something that is not only deplorable but a heavy insight into the characters in or involved or have obvious access to the Surabaya Zoo."

Foxcroft continued, " I am so shocked that I have barely any words for this heinous crime. I support the Indonesian authorities in finding those responsible and urge that the Indonesia authorities allow Cee4life and other organisations into Surabaya Zoo to help immediately with aid to the other animals and education and training to the staff."

Cee4life urges the Mayor of Surabaya and the Director of Surabaya Zoo to immediately act on this crime, apprehend those responsible and prosecute them for the murder of a protected animal.

The death of this lioness/lion has sent shockwaves throughout conservation and animal loving community.  This brutal act is highly condemned worldwide and once again the Mayor of Surabaya is urged to act and allow animal welfare, veterinarians and animal skilled specialists and professionals into the Surabaya Zoo to bring immediate aid to these suffering creatures.

We understand that some people believe and/or think of animals as lower life form, resulting in horrific abuse on animals in both captivity and in the wild.  Over the years, via science and intense studies in animal welfare and behavior, it is well known and documented that animals in captivity have specific needs, have emotions and display specific behaviors when lacking any of their needs, they feel pain etc.  Education is vtial ingredient in preventing the human abuse towards animals type of thought process. 

With the huge amount of media on the Surabaya Zoo exposing this abuse, along with the enormous amount of aid offered to Surabaya Zoo from conservation, animal welfare and zoological organisations, and now with the obvious deliberate killing of the lioness of Surabaya Zoo, again, we urge the Indonesian Authorities, the Mayor of Surabaya, the Director of Surabaya Zoo to allow conservation, animal welfare and zoological organisations into Surabaya Zoo to aid these animals and provide education to the staff.

The hanging death of this long suffering Lioness/Lion is unacceptable in any form.

Cee4life has a current petition which will be handed into the Mayor of Surabaya in the early part of 2014. Please take a moment to sign this petition - http://www.thepetitionsite.com/460/875/313/surabaya-zoo-animal-welfare-action-cee4life/

For further information, please contact Public Officer, Donna Reynolds, donna@cee4life.org

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