Organization Sign-on Letter

  
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
 
 
Zoocheck is approaching organizations and groups, asking for their support in the campaign to transfer Yupi to a more appropriate home in a more suitable climate. Yupi has been living alone in a small, barren concrete enclosure in Mexico's warm climate for far too long.
 
Yupi needs your support.
 
The Morelia Zoo, as well as local officials, need to know that moving Yupi to a facility in a more suitable climate is in her best interests. We are asking organizations and groups to join our SIGN-ON letter (see a copy below) that will be sent to the Morelia Zoo director, as well as to the Mayor of Morelia and the Governor of Michoacan, Mexico.
 
If your group or organization would like to add their name to the growing list, please email your name, your organization's name and your location to Zoocheck here.
 
Thank you!
 
 
 
 
Here is a copy of the SIGN-ON letter that will be sent to the Morelia Zoo:
 
 
To: Morelia Zoo Director, the Mayor of Morelia, and the Governor of Michoacan, Mexico
 
Dear Sirs/Madames:
 
We, the undersigned, are concerned about the continued housing and display of Yupi the polar bear at the Parque Zoologico Benito Juarez (Morelia Zoo) in Mexico and support moving her to a more appropriate naturalistic accomodation in a more appropriate climate as soon as possible.
 
Polar bears are uniquely adapted for life in cold environments and do poorly in temperate and tropical climates. In the wild, they inhabit extremely large home ranges, occupying one of the largest living spaces of any terrestrial animal species. They spend significant time hunting and tracking prey, walking, socializing and playing.
 
At the Morelia Zoo, Yupi is housed in an antiquated, undersized, barren enclosure that does not satisfy her biological and behavioural needs. She is the only Arctic animal in a collection of temperate and tropical species and opportunities for viewing Yupi are extremely limited by her enclosure.
 
We believe Yupi should be moved for the following reasons:
 
  • Relocating Yupi would enhance the Morelia Zoo's reputation as a forward thinking, ethical facility and a leader amongst Mexican zoos.
  • Viewing opportunities are limited to partial observation through several cloudy windows.
  • As the only Arctic species, Yupi is out of place in the Morelia Zoo's collection of temperate and tropical animal species.
  • Morelia has a warm climate year-round and Yupi is not provided with a cold environment.
  • Yupi's enclosure is grossly undersized and does not provide enough room to facilitate natural movements, excerise and behaviours.
  • Yupi's enclosure is almost devoid of structural enhancements, furnishings or materials to encourage natural movements or behaviours. Yupi's daily management regime is predictable and simplistic.
  • Yupi is locked in a small off-exhibit holding area (a small concrete room) up to 16 hours each day. The floors are smooth concrete and there is sparse natural light inside the holding area.
  • Yupi's outdoor enclosure is comprised entirely of hard concrete surfaces. There are no natural substrate areas provided to encourage natural digging and foraging behaviours or for the making of day beds.
  • Yupi's outdoor enclosure does not provide sufficient shade or relief from Morelia's warm climate. The water in Yupi's pool is not cooled.
  • Yupi engages in prolonged bouts of stereotypic behaviours and/or is lethargic - clear indications of an abnormal interaction between herself and her surroundings.
We understand that there are suitable facilities currently willing to provide Yupi with a permanent home where she can enjoy an expansive natural space to roam, more complex environments, and a colder, more suitable climate.
 
For the reasons stated above, we strongly encourage you to do whatever you can to ensure that Yupi is relocated as soon as possible.
 
Thank you for considering this letter.
 
Sincerely,
 
 

Rob Laidlaw, Director

Zoocheck Canada Inc.

Toronto, Ontario, CANADA  

 

Ericka Ceballos, Director

Campaigns Against the Cruelty to Animals

New Westminster, British Columbia, CANADA  

 

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

UNITED STATES

 

Ric O'Barry

Earth Island Institute (EII)

UNITED STATES

 

Voice For Animals Society

Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA  

 

Brendan Price

Irish Seal Sanctuary

IRELAND

 

J. Belair, Director

Animal Defence League of Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA

 

Mark Jones, Programmes and Fundraising Director

Care for the Wild International

UNITED KINGDOM

 

Susan Millward, Executive Director

Animal Welfare Institute

Washington, DC, UNITED STATES 

 

Nanami Kurasawa

Iruka (Dolphin) & Kujira (Whale) Action Network (IKAN)

Tokyo, JAPAN 

 

Shirley McGreal, President

International Primate Protection League (IPPL)

Alaska, UNITED STATES

 

Lic. Gustavo Larios Velasco, President

Asociacion Mexicana por los Derechos de los Animales (AMEDEA)

Mexico DF, MEXICO

 

Annelise Sorg, President

Coalition for no Whales in Captivity (CFNWIC)

Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA

 

Dr. Cort Mackenzie, President

Canadian Marine Environment Protection Society (CMEPS)

Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA

 

Doug Imbeau, President

Oceanwatch Boaters Association of BC (OBA)

Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA

 

Brian Noseworthy, Director

Secret Bay Project (SBP)

British Columbia, CANADA

 

Eiji Fujiwara, President

Elsa Nature Conservancy

JAPAN

 

Sakae Hemmi, Director

Institute for Environmental Science and Culture, Inc.

JAPAN

 

Humane Society International

Washington DC, UNITED STATES

 

Raheema Pittalwala, Coordinator

Skinned

Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA

 

Humane Society of the United States

Washington DC, UNITED STATES

 

Nara Narayan Sharma, President

Society for Animal Welfare and Management (SAWM)

New Baneswor, Kathmandu Nepal

 

Elsa Cabrera

Centro de Conservacion Cetacea

CHILE

 

Centre for Marine Mammals Research (CMMR) Leviathan

CHILE

 

Carmina Gooch, President

Rabbit Advocacy Group of BC

North Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA

 

Edward Dorson, Founder/Director

Oceansmiths

New Jersey, UNITED STATES

 

Rosa Mertens

Animal Suffering

BELGIUM

 

Marcela Cruz Castillo, Founder

Mundo Vegania

MEXICO and SPAIN 

 

Anne Birthistle, Director
The AD-AV Society of BC

North Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA 

 

Taffy Williams

New York Whale and Dolphin Action League

New York, UNITED STATES 

 

Cecilie Davidson, Founder/President

The International Year of the Tiger Foundation

Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA

 

Sam Duncombe

reEarth

BAHAMAS


Tove Reece

Voice for Animals Humane Society

Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA

 

Kyriacos Kyriacou

Animal Responsibility Cyprus

CYPRUS 


Anja Korkeila

Captive Animal Welfare

FINLAND

 

Laura Zimprich

Animal Public e.V.

Duesseldorf, GERMANY 

 

Ben Noreikis, Chairman

Lithuanian Society for the Protection of Animals (LiSPA)

Kaunas, LITHUANIA 

 

Suzana Cruz, President

Naturanimales

MEXICO  DF


Carlos de la Cruz, Director

Protectora de Animales de Mexico

MEXICO DF

 

Monika Budzakova, Project Coordinator

Regional Association for Nature Conservation and Sustainable Development

SLOVAKIA 

 

Davorko Feil, President

Udruga Zivot

CROATIA 

 

Andrzej Kepel, President

PTOP Salamadra

POLAND

 

Elvir Burazerovic, President

Organization for Respect and Care for Animals (ORCA)

SERBIA 

 

Andriy Taras Bashta, President

Animals Research and Protection Association FAUNA

UKRAINE 

 

Brooke Aldrich, Campaigns Manager

Wild Futures

Looe, Cornwall, UNITED KINGDOM


Stephan Wymore
Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN)
IRELAND

Benoit Ayotte, Coordinator
Clan des Loups d'Amerique du Nord (CLAN)
Quebec, CANADA
 
David Joaquín Saldaña, Director
Naturanimales
Jalisco, Mexico

Karina Castillo Ramírez, Director
Naturanimales
Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Maricruz de la Heran, Director
Naturanimales
Tijuana, Mexico

Ana Silvia Cruz Garduño, Director
Naturanimales
Puebla, Mexico

Marcela Cruz Castillo, International Campaigns Coordinator, International Liason
Naturanimales Internacional
Europe, Arab Emirates

Miguel Reynaga Vinculación, Presidente
OVOPA, AC
Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Earl Bingley, Founder and President
Canadian Voice For Animals International
Canada

Coqui Montiel, Director
Canadian Voice For Animals
Argentina

Susan Zimmerman
4 Cats & Dogs 2
United States

Lesley Winton
The Winton Foundation for the Welfare of Bears
United Kingdom

FOCA - Friends of Captive Animals
London, Canada

Florine Morrison
Animal Outreach
London, Canada

Eileen Reeger and Ruth Repprecht
Saffari Rescue (Save A Furry Friend Animal Rescue, Inc)
Florida, USA


 
If your group or organization would like to add their name to the growing list, please email your name, your organization's name and your location to Zoocheck here.
 
 
 
Thank you! 

 

 

 


 




 
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