The tragic killing of a five-month-old bear cub who wandered into a town in Mexico is almost beyond belief. Locals and members of law enforcement were documented smiling and laughing as a tiny, terrified bear cub was tortured and strangled to death. Please take action now to make sure every individual who inflicted harm on this endangered animal, as well as those who stood idly by, are charged and sentenced with the maximum penalty under the law.
Mexico News Daily shared the heartbreaking details of a young black bear cub who entered the town of Castaño, Coahuila in Mexico in search of water. In a mob-like fashion, residents of Castaño surrounded the terrified bear and callously celebrated as they tortured her. They tied her mouth and legs with rope and dragged her tiny body along the ground. They yanked at the ropes until she suffocated to death. Photos posted to social media show police smiling as the small bear suffered and took her last breaths.
The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA), a Federal environmental protection agency, stated that it was preparing a criminal complaint against those responsible for the killing of the endangered black bear, which could be classified as a “crime against biodiversity.” The agency said that the perpetrators could face jail time and fines and stressed that it is committed to the protection of wildlife.
Governor Miguel Ángel Riquelme Solís weighed in on the horrific event on Twitter and stated that the government of Coahuila “vigorously rejected the outrageous actions” of the individuals involved and indicated that “Profepa and the Coahuila environmental protection agency are in charge of the investigations into the death of an endangered specimen and the mistreatment to which it was subjected.” Governor Riquelme added that the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) was also investigating and would seek to punish those responsible for abusing the animal.
Governor Riquelme, PROFEPA, and the State Attorney General’s Office appear to be taking this matter seriously. However, we must let all decision-makers know that the world is watching and demands justice for the endangered bear cub who was barbarically tortured and killed.
Contact Governor Miguel Ángel Riquelme Solís, Head of the State Attorney General Office, Dr. Gerardo Márquez Guevara, and PROFEPA to demand that the sentencing of every individual involved in the callous torture and killing of the endangered black bear cub is a top priority.
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“The world demands justice for the helpless black bear cub who was tortured & killed in Castaño, Coahuila. All individuals involved, including law enforcement, must be charged & sentenced for the violent death of an endangered animal.”
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- Dr. Gerardo Márquez Guevara — State Attorney General of Coahuila
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