Then, last July, Tri Rismaharini, the mayor of Surabaya, took control of the zoo following even more complaints. While some hoped she would bring a welcome change, the mayor reinstated the zoo's longtime senior veterinarian, Liang Kaspe, who does not believe in using contraceptives for animals and "allows much more crowding of animal pens than most zoos," according to the Times:
Ms. Liang also disapproves of euthanasia, citing a moral reluctance to take life. When Chandrika, an elderly white tiger, injured its tongue several months ago and had trouble eating, she did not tranquilize and operate, she said, because she thought the tiger was so old that it would die on the operating table. The tiger instead became more and more gaunt, to the horror of animal activists around the world, until its weakened immune system was unable to fight off pneumonia, and it died.
You can learn more about the Surabaya Zoo's history of animal abuse here, and sign a petition to close down the zoo here.