Olympic Torch Ceremony Ends With Fatal Shooting of Captive Jaguar

Published by Danny Prater.

Breaking news from Brazil indicates that a jaguar has reportedly been shot and killed after escaping her captors at a ceremony in the town of Manaus, where the Olympic torch was passing through on the way to Rio de Janeiro.

Disturbing photos taken at the event show the big cat, who was reportedly sedated, with a heavy chain around her neck as armed soldiers stand nearby. After the ceremony ended, this jaguar acted on her instinct to flee the second that she could. She paid the ultimate price, shot dead by a soldier.

When will people learn?

Wild animals held captive and forced to do things that are frightening, sometimes painful, and always unnatural are ticking time bombs—captivity puts animal and human lives at risk.

Everyone who is upset by the needless death of this jaguar, the gorilla Harambe,  or countless other exploited wild animals should stay far away from any business that puts living beings on display for human “amusement”—and should ask friends and family to do the same. Please share this story now and let people know that animals suffer—and die—when they’re used for entertainment.

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