Save the Last Captive Polar Bear in Argentina

Originally published on July 25, 2014, at

Target: Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, President of Argentina

Goal: Convince the people of Argentina to liberate their last captive polar bear from extreme heat and poor living conditions

Arturo, Argentina’s last captive polar bear, suffers each day in Mendoza Zoo exposed to the excruciating heat of the sun. But zoo officials refuse to transfer Arturo to a colder climate or even provide Arturo with proper medical treatment. The government of Argentina needs to put an end to this animal cruelty and move Arturo from Mendoza Zoo before his health deteriorates any further.

Forced to live in a concrete cell in harsh temperatures, Arturo the polar bear languishes in the sun all day for the entertainment of zoo patrons. His current climate is anathema to his original polar environment. Arturo’s body was built to survive in snow, not sun-baked concrete.

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