Petition to save Arturo the 'World's saddest animal" approaches 200,000 signatures

The petition is asking for Arturo to be moved away from Argentina to a specialist Polar Bear Conservation facility in Winnipeg, Canad

A petition to save Arturo “the world’s saddest animal” has seen nearly 200,000 people adding their voice to a campaign to get the polar bear transported away from his "inhumane" enclosure in Argentina.

At the last count, just under 184,000 people had signed the petition that called for Arturo to be re-homed in a specialist polar bear sanctuary in Canada.

A report in the Sunday People this weekend, brought the plight of Arturo, who for twenty years has had to endure terrible conditions as a tourist attraction in Argentina's Mendoza Zoo, to the British public.

The report showed that the animal, who in the wild would be used to freezing Antartic conditions and expanses of icy glaziers, had for the past two decades been cooped up in a small concrete enclosure that can reach up to 40C.

It got even worse for Arturo two years ago when his long-term companion and enclosure partner, Pelusa, died.

According to animal experts, these conditions have led to concerns over Arturo's mental well-being, with the polar displaying many behavioural traits that indicate depression in the animal.

 

In the wake of the report, there has been a surge in those supporting calls for Arturo’s removal from Mendoza Zoo.

The petition, created by Canadian Laura Morales on Change.org,  asks the Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, as well as other diplomats to “exercise their authority” and transport Arturo to Assiniboine Park Zoo in Canada, where she says “a natural habitat and a better life is awaiting him.”

She also pleads with those that run the Zoo to, "Say No to death and suffering!” and Help Mendoza be part of change, be part of the future. Help Mendoza go back to being good news to the world!"

The Change.org petition page that has seen over 180,000 signatures The Change.org petition page that has seen over 180,000 signatures

Alongside the online petition, there have also been rallies by protesters and a trending Twitter campaign all asking for Arturo to be moved.

In February, plans had been put in place to transport Arturo to the Assiniboine Zoo, where a new International Polar Bear Conservation Centre has just opened, but this was vetoed after workers at Mendoza Zoo claimed the bear would not survive the two-day trip.

Zoo director Gustavo Pronotto said at the time: “The medical board decided unanimously that, due to the high risks at his age, Arturo should not be moved.”

 

Yet, a number of animal rights groups criticised the decision saying that it would have been beneficial to the animal.

Gabriel Flores, of the Ecologists United movement, told the Mirror’s website that he thought the evaluation was,  "a half-way fake evaluation and those carrying out the tests only did a visual assessment, “without touching him, observing him from a distance.”

In captivity Polar bears can live into their 30s, it is hoped by animal rights campaigners that 29-year-old Arturo can be transported as soon as possible, so he can enjoy his last few years in the more comfortable surroundings at Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo.

To sign the petition click here



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News
people
Sport
FootballGerman sparks three goals in four minutes at favourite No 10 role
News
Rumer was diagnosed with bipolarity, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder: 'I was convinced it was a misdiagnosis'
peopleHer debut album caused her post-traumatic stress - how will she cope as she releases her third record?
Sport
A long jumper competes in the 80-to-84-year-old age division at the 2007 World Masters Championships
athletics
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Sport
Radamel Falcao was forced to withdraw from the World Cup after undergoing surgery
premier leagueExclusive: Reds have agreement with Monaco
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvHe is only remaining member of original cast
Life and Style
Walking tall: unlike some, Donatella Versace showed a strong and vibrant collection
fashionAlexander Fury on the staid Italian clothing industry
Arts and Entertainment
Gregory Porter learnt about his father’s voice at his funeral
music
Arts and Entertainment
tvHighs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
Life and Style
Children at the Leytonstone branch of the Homeless Children's Aid and Adoption Society tuck into their harvest festival gifts, in October 1936
food + drinkThe harvest festival is back, but forget cans of tuna and packets of instant mash
Sport
Lewis Hamilton will start the Singapore Grand Prix from pole, with Nico Rosberg second and Daniel Ricciardo third
F1... for floodlit Singapore Grand Prix
New Articles
i100
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
life
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Volunteer Trustee opportunities now available at The Society for Experimental Biology

Unpaid Voluntary Position : Reach Volunteering: Volunteer your expertise as Tr...

Early Years Educator

£68 - £73 per day + Competitive rates of pay based on experience: Randstad Edu...

Nursery Nurse

£69 - £73 per day + Competitive London rates of pay: Randstad Education Group:...

Primary KS1 NQTs required in Lambeth

£117 - £157 per day + Competitive London rates: Randstad Education Group: * Pr...

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam