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"Please protect the weak and helpless... this includes the animals!"

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The animals at Giza Zoo are in grave danger during unrest in Cairo!

August 5, 2013 - Due to the emerging disharmony in Cairo and as Egypt seeks to stabilize its society, Egypt's Ministry of Interior recently published an official statement in which they mentioned that they will be using tear gas, poisoned gas and water canons to end the protest in El Nahda Square. This would occur close to Giza Zoo where about 2,600 animals spent their life in captivity.

These animals cannot defend themselves! They cannot run away, they can not put on gas masks, and they would inevitably suffocate to death! Plants and trees would also be affected...

Two years ago, during the unrest in Cairo, the use of tear gas outside the Israeli embassy, which is situated opposite of Giza Zoo, resulted in the death of some of the animals.

Only weeks ago, following more unrest that saw the President being taken out of office, celebrations included F16 fighter jets and helicopters flying over the city which caused the animals inside the zoo to panic. This resulted in the near deaths of the giraffes as well as other animals. Our beloved Meshmesh (the single remaining chimpanzee at Alexandria Zoo who suffered from depression and who had only a few months ago been transferred to Giza) suffered a heart attack from which he did not recover.

On August 4, 213, Egyptian animal rights activists hand over a personal letter to their Ministry of Interior "NO to tear gas!"

Dina Zulfikar, Doaa M. Sallam, Mariam Mohamed Aly and  Ayman Brayz  (Ahram newspaper) held a meeting with different representatives of the Egyptian government concerning the safety of the 2,600 animals who spend their life in captivity at Giza Zoo.

During this meeting with the Directorate of Security, the General Public Relation and the Security Directorate of Giza (Sherif Roshdy), they handed over a personal letter begging for the safety of the animals inside Giza Zoo.

Please HELP us to protect the animals at Giza Zoo.

Please sign our petition that sends instant emails to the Chairperson of the General Organization of Veterinary Services, Military General and Dr. Osama Selim, as well as to several other Egyptian government officials.

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