JAGUARS ARE NOT KITTENS

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The founder of Attica Zoological Park stated: “Jaguars are not kittens!”

Για το λόγο αυτό, κατά τη γνώμη μας, αν υπάρχει ένα παρόμοιο περιστατικό στους επισκέπτες μέλλον, πάρκο, και τα δύο παιδιά και ενήλικες, μπορεί να μην είναι τόσο τυχεροί!

Public safety in Attica Zoological Park has been brought to the attention of responsible authorities by our Federation. Unfortunately, extra safety measures or discussions on the topic have not been taken. Many are the incidents, when wild animals have escaped from zoos or parks killing their handlers or unsuspected visitors. Repeatedly, we have been informed of similar situations in the world news.

This time it was in Greece that the world saw in the news. Luckily there were no human victims. It had been approved that handlers are not capable to handle these captive animals which suffer also from stress because they are not in their natural environment.

This fact should be taken into consideration by parents and teachers who organize school trips to the Attica Zoological Park and its Dolphinarium. It is mandatory that we remind, there are specific guidelines by the Ministry of Education which urges teachers to avoid visits to zoos and dolphinaria.

In addition, the component ministries: Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Rural Development and Food and Ministry of Education should take into consideration all deplorable facts in the Attica Zoological Park which our Federation has mentioned. Eight animals have died in this park up till now. Our Federation only became aware of this fact as their death had been made public.

The death of these two jaguars had not been posted on the site of the park. However, two days ago their death came to light by Greek and foreign activists.

Many questions arise. Was it by accident? Was it by coincidence that the same happened when six dolphins had died and it was made public after days when the information leaked to the press?

The owner of the park claimed that the protocol was followed but he had not mentioned what the protocol is. He also argued that visitors are not in danger!

If this were the case, why were the jaguars shot dead? Why were they not stunned and instead executed?

PFPO will send a letter to all component ministries requesting to take a position on facts and procedures happening at the Attica Park.

Our Federation stands strong on the fact that it is unethical exploiting wild animals for profit. It is not in the animals favor to live in captivity, encaged and even tortured. Once again, it has been proved that behind the curtains of zoos and parks there is only misery.  Wild animals are exposed to the public only for the profit of specific businesses.

Every zoo is a place where innocent animals are kept in captivity!

We are these animals’ voices and we really regret for the unjust and tragic death of these two animals! Their death is also related to a decrease of the operational income of the Attica Park which is not a concern to us nor the public.

Farewell Jenny and Spotty.

We disappointed you…. but we will keep protesting and protecting animal rights for freedom.

Panhellenic Animal Welfare and Environmental Federation