SAN JUAN (Puerto Rico Buzz) – Pet Friendly PR, a local non-profit, created a petition to close the Mayagüez Zoo, PR, in July.
The petition, which now has nearly 25,000 signatures, is addressed to Ricardo Roselló, governor of Puerto Rico, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA.)
Allegedly, the zoo has euthanized newly-born cubs and disposed of the bodies in an unnamed river.
“There is NO excuse to euthanize newly born baby cubs, and throw their bodies into a river,” said the Pet Friendly PR on the petition. “Organizations worldwide are willing to receive these animals, but we need to obtain custody in order to begin making travel arrangements.”
Pet Friendly has tried reaching administration officials, but has not been successful. Allegedly, the zoo has made employees sign non-disclosure forms.
“The Secretary for Parks & Recreation, current administration in charge of the zoo is not answering phone calls or emitted a formal communication to press,” said Pet Friendly PR. “They also had all of their employees sign documents saying they will not speak with anybody regarding the subject.”
The Mayagüez Zoo charges adults $16 and children $11 as an entrance fee. Additionally, vehicles pay a fee based on classification.
We have reached zoo administration officials, but have not received a response. We will update this article as new information develops.
You can view the petition here.
The full text of the petition is copied below:
Help Us Close the Zoo in Puerto Rico
For the past years, the Puerto Rico zoo, located in the municipality of Mayagüez has been in the midst of media controversy for the terrible conditions the animals have been living in. Dirty water tanks, lions sleeping in confined spaces on their own waste, among many many other forms of abuse.
Pictures and stories have been leaked to the media of sick lions, euthanize cubs, elephants in detriment conditions, rhinos alone and miserable.
There is NO excuse to euthanize newly born baby cubs, and throw their bodies into a river. Organizations worldwide are willing to receive these animals, but we need to obtain custody in order to begin making travel arrangements.
Changing the administration of the zoo is not the answer. Puerto Rico is in a very delicate economic situation with 72 billion dollars in debt, and currently PROMESA is restructuring the entities to reduce spending, the money for the zoo is their last priority.
Yesterday (6/26/2017)a Tiger by the Name of Angel was Euthanized at the Zoo. Angel was seen back in early 2015 by a USDA Inspector. At that time he told the then Curator/Vet, Dr. Luis Figueroa, that Angel look very thin and required further testing. The Zoo lacks the much needed radiological equipment as well as the much needed facility to provide the most basic of care (Is in the USDA Reports). He was told to contact outside locations to have the Animal evaluated further. The Zoo then decided to move Angel, the Tiger to a place at the Zoo away from the public eye where he remained hidden and alone until he was euthanized yesterday. From 2015 to yesterday he remained without proper Medical Care. The Zoo lost the then Curator after making headlines for killing Healthy Newborn Lion Cubs just last year. What type of Medical Evaluation and care received is a big question that must now be answered by the Zoo’s Administration and the Secretary of the Department of Recreation and Sports, who is the Agency in charge of the Zoo Operations.
Five Newborn Lion Cubs were born at the Zoo on Saturday, June 17th, 2017.
Allegedly, Vet checked them but did not isolate mom or feed the Cubs. Two died the same day. Two more on June 19, 2017. The last remaining Lion Cub died June 25th, 2017.
The Secretary for Parks & Recreation, current administration in charge of the zoo is not answering phone calls or emitted a formal communication to press. They also had all of their employees sign documents saying they will not speak with anybody regarding the subject. What do they have to hide Mr. Waldemar?
Puerto Rico is Open for Tourists
(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Travelocity® and Expedia Media Solutions®, in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, are ramping up efforts to help shift public perception of the situation in Puerto Rico, this week.
“Puerto Rico has always been a popular destination for travelers, as well as a fantastic, long-term partner, and we jumped at the chance to work with Travelocity to support the Puerto Rico Tourism Company,” said Wendy Olson Killion, global senior director for Expedia Media Solutions. “The collaborative campaign will ensure new and repeat visitors know Puerto Rico is again open for tourism, and that tourism will positively impact the island’s economy and contribute to recovery efforts.”
Approximately 68,000 locals are employed in the tourism sector, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. With this importance to the economy, the simple and enjoyable act of visiting Puerto Rico can make a huge difference. For more information on the Island, travelers can also visit SeePuertoRico.com.
“We are thrilled to have our Travelocity and Expedia partners join in spreading the word that the Island is, in fact, open for tourism,” said Carla Campos, acting executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. “It is with pride and hospitality, traits that characterize our people, that we welcome visitors with open arms, because coming to visit us is the best way to support us right now.”
The campaign, which was donated on behalf of Travelocity and Expedia Media Solutions, includes on site advertising placements, a dedicated page highlighting the hotels and resorts that are open for business in Puerto Rico, and useful content about the country on the Travelocity “Inspire” blog.
Travelocity is offering $150 off a $1500 package booking with code CARIBNOW from now until February 6th, 2018 for travel between now and September 16th, 2018. For full terms and conditions visit http://travelocity.us/PuertoRico.
Rosselló Asks Police Officers to Return to Work
(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló asked members of the Puerto Rico Police Department to return to work, Jan. 8.
The massive absenteeism of police officers has been largely attributed to the lack of overtime pay in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, but some say it goes back even further.
“I ask of any partner of the uniformed force that is not attending [work]at this moment – I ask of them to return,” said Rosselló. It’s not just about giving a message about a series of initiatives, but it’s a matter of safety for our people.
Rosselló is currently evaluating how police officers that missed work, will be reprimanded.
“We’re establishing which administrative measures will take place,” said Rosselló. There’s a lot of information that needs to be gathered.
At times, approximately 8,000 police officers have missed worked, out of about 14,000 islandwide.
Police union representatives have said that police officers are using their sick and holiday time available.
Watch Carmen Yulín Suck Up a Load of Bribe Cash
(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Here we go again. Another Carmen Yulín appearance on The Simpsons.
Spoiler alert: Donald Trump tries to bribe Robert Mueller with a room full of cash. Mueller leaves.
Then Carmen Yulín walks into the room dressed as a housemaid before revealing her usual “comandante de la revolución” outfit.
Yulín then pulls out a vacuum cleaner to suck up the loads of American cold-hard-cash bribe money.
Mueller Meets Trump, Season 29
— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) December 14, 2017
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