LINCOLNWOOD & IL DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE: PLEASE SEND SPUR, THE TORTOISE, TO SANCTUARY

LINCOLNWOOD & IL DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE: PLEASE SEND SPUR, THE TORTOISE, TO SANCTUARY

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Chicago Alliance for Animals (CAA) started this petition to Jesal Patel, Lincolnwood Village President and

Dear Lincolnwood (IL) and Illinois Department of Agriculture Officials:

On multiple occasions, members of the public have witnessed no water, food, a heat lamp or enrichment in the enclosure of Spur, the tortoise, at The Animal Store, located at 4364 W. Touhy Ave. in Lincolnwood, Illinois.

We are pleading with you to please require Spur, the tortoise, to be relinquished and sent to a reputable sanctuary that can provide her with room to move, explore, heat and a much more suitable environment than inside a tiled enclosure inside a pet store in Chicagoland.  Please know that we will not be visiting, staying, dining, shopping or spending money in Lincolnwood until The Animal Store is shut down and animals are no longer bred, bought, sold and treated like material goods.

Please view this sad video that shows how badly Spur wants out of her disturbingly unnatural prison.  SHE CONTINUALLY TRIES TO CLIMB UP THE TILE, BUT THEN FALLS DOWN - https://www.facebook.com/512476668/videos/4405852546169046/

We haven't seen any enrichment.  According to Google: "Tortoises need to be stimulated both physically and intellectually in order for them to live a healthier life."

We haven't seen any heat lamps.  Again from Google:  "Because tortoises are cold blooded, they aren't able to produce their own body heat, and will need to spend time basking under the sun in order to function normally.  In artificial enclosures, the way to produce heat in order to raise a healthy tortoise is by using a tortoise heat lamp."

According to The Animal Store's website, Spur is a Sulcata Tortoise and according to Google:  "The Sulcata tortoise is native to the Sahara Desert and the Sahel, a transitional eco-region of semi-arid grasslands, scrub, and savannah in northern Africa.  Again from Google:  "The Sahara Desert is one of the driest and hottest regions of the world, with a mean temperature sometimes over 30 °C (86 °F) and the average high temperatures in summer are over 40 °C (104 °F) for months at a time, and can even soar to 47 °C (117 °F)."  This environment and temperature is so extremely different than Lincolnwood, IL.

Officials:  Please do the right thing and and send Spur to a proper sanctuary that can provide a much more natural habitat and a much happier life for her.
 
Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

 

To those who've signed: 

If you want to make your signature count even more, please consider calling and/or sending a message to the following officials:

Illinois Department of Agriculture

217-782-4944, 217-782-2172  and/or 217-782-6657  (Phone)

www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr/About/Pages/ContactUs.aspx  (Website contact form)

https://www.facebook.com/illinois.agriculture  (You can post on their FB page and/or send a FB message here)

https://twitter.com/ILAgriculture  (Twitter)

Jesal Patel, Lincolnwood Village President
 
(847) 745-4717 (Phone)
 
jpatel@lwd.org
agaura@lwd.org
gherrera@lwd.org
msaleem@lwd.org
jhalevi@lwd.org
asargon@lwd.org
cklatzco@lwd.org
bherman@lwd.org
dhammel@lwd.org
cmeyer@lwd.org
(Please put the first one to Mr. Patel in the To field and CC the rest)
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006762405271 (You can send him a FB message here)
 
Anne Marie Gaura, Lincolnwood Village Manager
 
847-745-4717 (Phone)
 
Douglas Hammel, Lincolnwood Community Development Manager
 
847-745-4796 (Phone)

Charles Meyer, Lincolnwood Assistant Village Manager

(847) 745-4715  (Phone)
 
Village of Lincolnwood, IL
 
(847) 673-1540 (Phone)
 
https://www.facebook.com/LincolnwoodIL  (You can send them a FB message here)
 
https://twitter.com/LincolnwoodIL  (Twitter) 

THANK YOU FOR TAKING ACTION FOR SPUR!

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