DEMAND CLOSURE OF THE EAST LONDON ZOO

The unacceptable cruelty, suffering, neglect and appalling conditions found at the East London Zoo needs to be addressed urgently.

The most recent incident only highlights the necessity for immediate action.

An inspection by the NSPCA's Wildlife Protection Unit where inspectors found a male Chacma baboon, William, suffering from a form of paralysis in his hind legs.

Inspector said the male baboon appeared lethargic in his enclosure. He moved by dragging his lower body.

"In the light of his severely limited movement and his general body condition, which was considered to be shocking, the NSPCA Inspectors issued a warning in terms of the Animals Protection Act, requiring the baboon to be examined by a veterinarian by close of business and the report to be forwarded to them."

The baboon had not been assisted and was left to suffer.

"The NSPCA's return visit the following day revealed a significant deterioration in the condition of the baboon. He had open, bleeding wounds and was found in the exact area as the previous day."

She said the concrete flooring around the animal was covered in blood and pieces of his flesh were visible.

"The stench of urine was overpowering and unbearable. Flies were swarming around the animal. In my opinion, the baboon was in severe distress."

The baboon had large open wounds and lesions on his buttocks and its flesh had been eroded away.

The wounds appeared to be infected and were infested with maggots. The baboon appeared to be grossly underweight.

To prevent further suffering, the baboon was humanely euthanised on site.

This is not the first incident of severe animal cruelty and it will most certainly not be the last. SO PLEASE LET'S PUT AN END TO THE SUFFERING OF INNOCENTS. Please sign my petition!

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