The Mexican Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) recently seized 3 abused and neglected big cats - Diego, Albert and Guacho. Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado, USA has agreed to provide a safe haven for these cats and to cover all costs of transportation, but Mexican authorities have been reluctant to cooperate.
The Mexican Wildlife Act does not prohibit the purchase of cats if applicants meet certain requirements. However, in most cases the cats are seized by PROFEPA showing that wild animals should not be held as companion animals.
In the mean time lion Diego lives in Zacango Zoo, tiger Albert lives in Guadalajara Zoo and lion Gaucho lives in Papagayo Park (which is a zoo as well). Unfortunately zoos exist for the entertainment of people and not for the well-being of animals, who are caged and exploited for profit. Wild Animal Sanctuary on the other hand is a non-profit rescue center dedicated exclusively to rescuing captive exotic and endangered large carnivores. The center has 720 acres of rolling grasslands where the animals can develop their natural abilities.
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