Thursday, November 12, 2009

Call to Action: Save the Cancun Tigers!


There are nearly a dozen tigers and other exotic animals suffering in Cancun, Mexico today and their lives hang in the balance, as they wait for someone to help them!

In 2005, Hurricane Wilma hit Cancun, Mexico causing massive destruction. Before the hurricane hit, the owner of Pepé’s (previously a restaurant) fled, leaving the animals behind to fend for themselves. When he returned to his property, he found that some of the animals had escaped and some had died, while others were found battered and bruised still inside their enclosures.

Returning to Mexico with no money, Pepé did not reach out for help in caring for these animals, instead he left them in their decaying environment. He is quoting as saying he feeds them whatever he can and often the tigers feed on stray animals that accidently wander into the cages. One female tiger in particular desperately needs medical attention for an inured leg; she is seen in the video severely limping.

Since the summer of 2008, The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) located in Colorado has been working with Last Chance for Animals (LCA) in California and a group in Mexico called Gente Por La Defensa Animal (GEPDA) to rescue these desperate animals. The Mexican government revoked Pepé’s permits and officials from the Mexican Wildlife Department (PROFEPA) met with representatives of GEPDA, LCA, and TWAS to discuss a rescue mission to save the animals in Cancun. The Mexican Government had originally agreed to rescue these animals and have them transported to TWAS in the US, but changed their minds a few days prior to the scheduled rescue--leaving the animals to suffer in their filthy environment.

For more information on this situation and how you can help, please watch the following video made by The Wild Animal Sanctuary. More information can also be found on a website that has been created to save these tigers at www.savethecancuntigers.com.

Save the Cancun Tigers from Wild Animal Sanctuary on Vimeo.


ACR is urging our members to please help rescue these tigers in Cancun, Mexico. Take a moment to watch TWAS’s video regarding the story and contact Mexican and US government officials to express your concern for these beautiful creatures and their desperate need to be rescued.

Contact Information:

United States:

Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan
Embassy of Mexico
1911 Pennsylvania AV, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

Tel: (202) 728 1600

Mexico:

Name: Secretario Juan Rafael Elvira Quezada
Title: Titular de la Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales
(Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources)
Address: Blvd. Adolfo Ruiz Cortinez 4209
Jardines en la Montaña
C.P. 14210
Tlalpan, D.F.
México
Email: c.secretario@semarnat.gob.mx

Name: Dr. Hernando Guerrero Cácerez
Title: Coordinador de Asesores Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales
(Chief of Staff to Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources)
Address: Blvd. Adolfo Ruiz Cortinez 4209
Jardines en la Montaña
C.P. 14210
Tlalpan, D.F.
México
Email: hernando.guerrero@semarnat.gob.mx

Name: Martín Vargas Prieto
Title: Director General de Vida Silvestre
(Director of General Wildlife)
Email: martin.vargas@semarnat.gob.mx

Name: Patricio Patrón Laviada
Title: Procurador Federal de Protección al Ambiente
(Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection)
Address: Camino al Ajusco No. 200, Piso 8 Ala Sur
Col. Jardines en la Montaña
C.P. 14210
Tlalpan, D.F.
Mexico

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