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Animal Welfare Incident in Tbilisi, Georgia

To the World Wide Fund for Nature ,

My name is Elene Egoyan and I am a citizen of Georgia and resident of Tbilisi. Last night (13th June 2015) Tbilisi experienced an unusually severe storm that resulted in local flooding. One area of the city that was most affected was where the zoo is located.

Aside from the terrible conditions that the animals were housed in, during last night's storm there was no thought for the safety and rescue of these animals. Consequently, many of the animals were caught in the water and drowned. Some managed to escape their cages and were able to run free through the city. In trying to detain those animals that did escape, many were killed rather than sedated so they could be returned to safety.

I would like to register my complaint with the organisation to ensure that animals are not held in such conditions in Georgia and that future procedures will be duly put in place to prevent this tragedy happening again.

If you would like to contact me, you can reply to this mail or call on +995555539340.

Sincerely,

Elene Egoyan
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  • Miriam (Official Rep) June 14, 2015 08:50
    Hello

    Thank you for your message to WWF and concern about this issue.

    Thank you for your message.  As WWF works firstly at the local level, we encourage you to contact your National WWF office to see how they might assist you.
    The contact details of our WWF Office in Georgia can be found at
    http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/where_we_work/black_sea_basin/caucasus/?referer=wwfin
    https://www.facebook.com/WWFGeo

    As your issue concerns a zoo – you may wish to contact a UK based organization called "Born Free Foundation" http://www.bornfree.org.uk/index.shtml

    All the best.
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