My name is Eva Mignault, I was born in Ecuador, South America. My mother is french Canadian so I have always lived in the 2 countries.
It has always been my dream to go to Asia. I finally made it on February 2014, I arrived in Thailand where I discovered Backpackers Asia magazine, it showed me lots of magestic places to discover. After I went to Vietnam and arrived in Cambodia in April, which is now one of my favorite countries in the world. The bio diversity in animals, plants and nature is magnificent. The people have big hearts and they irradiate love and hope of a good future even though the hardship they had to go through not long ago.
When I was travelling accros Cambodia I visited Kampot, and I went to Teuk Chhou Zoo, I am like many I did not want to go to zoos because I know the conditions are terrible but someone asked me to take food to the animals so i did, On my first visit, I was very upset to see the animals living in horrible conditions with no food or water, and in very small cages. I stayed longer in Kampot and visited the zoo many times to take food to the animals.
I started Investigating and the zoo is private, owned by Cambodia's Senior Minister H.E. Nhim Vanda, First Vice President of the National Committee for Disaster Management. And he owns 2 zoos in Cambodia. Prey Veng Zoo is also known as Bayap Zoo (Wikipedia)The zoo is about one hour from Phnom Penh in Kamchay Mear District, Prey Veng Province. The animals have no food, no clean fresh water, no shade from the sun, and no grass or soft ground to walk on. The birds are in small cages and cannot fly. There are many bad reports on Tripadvisor.
I had to continue my travels but I decided to start a petition the old way, going up to people and telling them what I saw. I collected more then 200 signatures in 1 month while visiting Cambodia.
Now I'm back home and campaigning to give voice to the poor animals I saw dying in Cambodian zoos.I have sent the petition, asking the Forestry Administration in Cambodia to visit the 2 Zoos and close them down immediately. They took the campaign very seriously and sent investigators. They replied me only once, saying wellfare of animals is concerning And that they will discuss further with the owner on possible improvements.
I hasked my friend, who is travelling Asia at the moment, to go to Prey Veng Zoo and he took photos and video. The situation for the animals is even worst than Kampot Zoo. They are dying and need our help.
So now I started an on-line petition (7500 signatures collected in 1 month) on care2 petitions : The Zoo of Death - Close down Prey Veng Zoo in Cambodian l http://www.thepetitionsite.com/556/869/973/the-zoo-of-death-close-down-prey-veng-zoo-in-cambodia/
Facebook page : The Zoo of Death - Close down Prey Veng Zoo in Cambodia.
This is the video of the animals on youtube : Zoo of Death - Close down Prey Veng Zoo in Cambodia March 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pE2HlzOgCAM
the Cambodia daily newspaper has done a story.
And the Animals for Asia Coalition sent a letter to the Government. In regards of the information and petition that I sent.
I really need your help to get more signatures, send it to your friends and lets help those animals.