Dear Drs. Members of the Judiciary of Mendoza,
We strongly urge you to obtain the release and relocation of the Polar Bear Arturo to a "Specialized Center for Polar Bears" in Canada.
Arturo is deprived of his liberty in the Mendoza Zoo, Argentina.
He is the only polar bear who remains in Argentina. It is urgent that he is relocated to a facility where his biological needs can be met.
His life is currently at risk due to enduring extreme temperatures of 40c and above in Mendoza. These same high temperatures led to the death of Winner, a polar bear at the zoo in Buenos Aires in December 2012.
We have collected more than 300,000 signatures requesting Arturo’s transfer. Greenpeace is also concerned about the unacceptable living conditions of Arturo and requested his transfer on January 21, 2014:
Polar bears are the largest land carnivore on Earth. They are so well insulated they can easily become overheated! They swim to hunt, cool down on warm days and are known to submerge to depths of up to 15ft. On land in the wild they can reach speeds of 40 kilometers per hour (25 mph) and can range inland as far as 150 kilometers (90 miles).
Keeping polar bears in captivity in zoos is a challenge since there are no modern devices that can recreate the animal's habitat and meet their biological and behavioral needs as revealed by current studies:
People from countries around the world have supported the cause by spreading the information, signing petitions, sending letters calling for justice for Arturo, asking that he has the life he deserves with other polar bears in Canada.
The message has been unanimous:
"Do not let him die slowly in Mendoza Zoo, in a habitat that is unsuitable in every aspect.”
He does not even have a deep pool. He only has a shallow little pool filled with dirty, hot water, not even deep enough to cover his bulk, let alone to dive or swim in!
As shown in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0p1GhDOUbAw
If Arturo is left in the Mendoza Zoo he is doomed to both mental and physical health issues, and to die without any consideration or respect for his life and the fact that he is a majestic animal from a land vastly different to Mendoza. At this zoo he is treated like an object, not a living creature who has rights.
In the eighteenth century, human slavery was considered normal, slaves were not "people" but "possessions." Humanity has evolved and it's time to take another step forward. Zoos are institutions of the nineteenth century and currently many countries are eliminating them, or at least upgrading to zoo parks, such as Assiniboine Zoo who wants to take Arturo.
For your edification, please note that at Cambridge in July 2012, a group of pre-eminent scientists publicly proclaimed that nonhuman animals have consciousness. This event took place at the Francis Crick Memorial Conference and was witnessed by Dr. Stephen Hawking. This famous quote from the conference sums up the declaration:
"Humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness."
More information can be found:
Animals are not things, they are not owned by anyone, they are living beings that deserve to be respected, and who are a vital part of a healthy, balanced ecology.
We rely on your prudence, wisdom and reasonableness Your Honors. "The ball is in your court" with this ruling and the fate of thousands of INNOCENT captive animals are awaiting their turn on the road to FREEDOM!
Thank you very much for your attention,
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