LA PAZ, Bolivia ( Associated Press) — With white candles, obituaries and demands for justice, several activists set up a symbolic wake Thursday to protest the death of animals in a biopark in the city of La Paz, Bolivia.
At the gates of the city hall, animal rights activists asked for the deaths in the Vesty Pakos biopark to be clarified. According to the mayor’s office, 50 animals have died in five months, but activists denounce that there are many more.
“We have the complaint that there are 90 animals, 60 of them are lizards that died of starvation. There are also three jaguars, a monkey, parakeets, among others,” Ana Serrano, from the organization Amor por los Animales Bolivia (APLAB), told The Associated Press.
Andrea Morales, vice president of the College of Biologists of La Paz, explained that in the biopark there is a “lack of capacity or immediate attention to sick or critically ill fauna.” From the mayor’s office they denied that it was because of this and they assured that they are elderly animals.
The mayor of La Paz, Iván Arias, requested that a report be carried out on the circumstances in which the animals died. A commission was also set up to carry out the investigation.
“We want the death of the animals to be clarified. This is a protest. We want justice for animals. Most of us who are here have come because the animals that died were not given a decent burial,” said activist Lesly Beltrán.
The Vesty Pakos Biopark was a zoo that is south of La Paz and its facilities have more than 400 animals.