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Justice for Juma the Jaguar

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Once again there has been another needless animal death. This time it was in the name of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. Juma, an endangered Jaguar, was trotted out on a chain for an Olympic torch event. Despite many people, unfamiliar surroundings, and lots of noise, Juma showed no signs of aggression during the event. Hours later, she would be shot dead.

Juma was being kept at a zoo in the Amazon. The zoo is maintained by the military, and on that day the jaguar escaped into an open space at the zoo. There were no civilians in the area and the animal was shot with tranquilizers. Before they were able to take effect, the animal approached a soldier who shot and killed Juma.

This would have never happened had Juma had not been used for a photo-op.

One of the world’s biggest events should know better. Wild animals have no place being forced into stressful, unnatural situations for our entertainment or publicity. Ironically, the jaguar is the mascot of the 2016 Olympics. There is now one less jaguar -- already extinct in Uruguay and El Salvador -- because of the games.

We need to be sure this never happens again. To do so, we are requesting an official investigation by the Brazilian army. This is the only way we will know what happened, who was responsible for requesting the jaguar, and set in place measures to be sure this never happens again.

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