Dead lion protest surprises passersby in front of Chile’s presidential palace

Staff of the personal Zoo Los Angeles in Chile stand subsequent to a useless lion exterior La Moneda presidential palace to protest in opposition to authorities insurance policies relating to captive animals, in Santiago, Chile January 20, 2023. (Zoo Los Angeles/Handout by way of Reuters)

 The carcass of a lion in entrance Chile’s presidential palace shocked passersby on Friday as zoo staff protested in opposition to a authorities company they blame for the feline’s demise.

Subsequent to the corpse of Zeus, a 14-year-old male lion, an indication learn “The federal government kills animals” as shocked passersby took pictures and movies.

The zoo’s house owners blame the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG), which required sedation in an effort to learn animals’ microchips.

“SAG compelled us to seize and anesthetize all of our animals to learn their microchips,” mentioned Cesar Chanampa, authorized consultant for the Los Angeles Metropolis Zoo, about 470 kilometers (290 miles) south of Santiago.

“We advised them that animals face the identical dangers from anesthesia as people do,” Chanampa mentioned. “They made us stain our fingers with blood.”

SAG mentioned in an announcement that sedation is normal process for the security of the animal and personnel. “Sadly, one of many animals that underwent this process died,” the assertion added.

Chanampa mentioned SAG ought to have extra skilled and competent workers so anesthesia shouldn’t be required only for studying microchips.

SAG mentioned the protest violated the animal’s dignity and that it might think about taking authorized motion in opposition to the zoo, which it accused of “insufficient dealing with of the animals.”

The police cordoned off the world exterior the palace and later eliminated the lion‘s stays.

—Reporting by Reuters Televison; Writing by Natalia Ramos; Enhancing by Alexander Villegas and Sandra Maler