Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Candlelight Memorial Vigil For Zoo Victims

In Defense of Animals (IDA) and the San Francisco Unitarian Universalists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will join together this Thursday for a candlelight memorial vigil to remember the two young victims who died Christmas Day at the San Francisco Zoo. The vigil, including remarks by IDA Founder and President Elliot Katz DVM, Dolores Perez Priem and Rev. Fred Rabidoux of the Unitarian Universalists, will take place in front of the main entrance to the San Francisco Zoo. Please join us.

What: Candlelight Memorial Vigil for Carlos Sousa and Tatiana the tiger
Where: San Francisco Zoo Main Entrance, At the western end of Sloat Blvd.
When: Thursday, January 3, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Contact: Melissa Gonzalez at or (415) 388-9641, ext. 228 for more information.

San Francisco, the city named for St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, who taught love and respect for all life, is now shrouded in a terrible light. IDA and Unitarian Universalists are calling for the City of St. Francis to live up to his benevolent teachings by recognizing that its zoo cannot humanely house tigers and other big cats. Both organizations request that the city transfer the cats to a sanctuary, close the big cat exhibits, and reassess whether the San Francisco Zoo should continue to hold captive large species who require considerably more space than the zoo can provide