Casimiro the lion has now, after years in captivity and after severe negligence, died in the Guariche zoo in Venezuela.
Over a period of weeks, Casimiro's health deteriorated, allegedly due to a degenerative disease. According to reports, the lion had been evaluated by several veterinarians, but very little seems to have been done to improve his health condition.
Casimiro should not have been left to die on the concrete floor of a zoo cage.
Please also sign this petition:
First and most importantly, I politely ask for the immediate closure of the Animal Park of Guariche, for the maltreatment and neglect of Casimiro. From what I understand, other zoos in Venezuela do not maintain a significantly better standard in regards to the welfare of animals. I strongly urge the government to seriously consider a full ban on zoos in Venezuela. Animals in zoos suffer tremendous psychological distress, often displaying abnormal or self-destructive behaviour. Animals belong in their natural habitat in the wild – it is a breach of their rights to take them by force into captivity.
In the meanwhile, the managers of this park must be immediately replaced with people who may at the very least ensure the well-being of these animals, to the extent that is possible for imprisoned animals, whereas the ones responsible for the death of Casimiro must be punished for severe negligence and maltreatment. Furthermore, frequent monitoring of the welfare of animals in this park should be undertaken in order to prevent any such negligence from re-occurring within the near future, until appropriate measures have been taken to shut down the park.
Thank you for your time.