Recently, PETA Asia-Pacific has been receiving complaints about young crocodiles who are being kept in a glorified fish tank in the Krocodile Grille's Greenbelt restaurant. The crocodiles were removed after the restaurant chain was flooded with complaints, but sadly, the cruel exhibit has now returned.
Our investigators found a sad situation for these animals: Not only are the tanks barely large enough for the crocodiles to turn around in, they also provide no mental stimulation for the animals whatsoever. The crocodiles' current environment denies them of everything that is natural and important to them and provides just enough space for them to lie side-by-side in their barren prison day after day. Many captive animals begin to express their frustration and loneliness through obsessive, repetitive, and even self-destructive behavior. Also known as "zoochosis," this type of behavior is far more likely to develop in situations in which animals have little mental stimulation or environmental enrichment, putting crocodiles in Krocodile Grille restaurants at a very high risk.
In the wild, crocodiles are powerful swimmers who spend their days hunting for food and basking in the sun. Larger breeds of crocodiles can grow to up to 6 meters, but even smaller breeds like dwarf crocodiles and caimans average 1.5 to 2.5 meters. And contrary to popular belief, crocodiles do not grow to fit their enclosure—they will reach their adult size regardless of the size of the tank that they're kept in.
Even the largest enclosure cannot provide the space, exercise, privacy, mental stimulation, and other vital needs of these animals. We have sent a letter to the owner of the chain, Jimmy James Juan, asking him to hand the crocodiles over to our organization so that we can find them a more appropriate home.
Send a text message from your cell phone to the owner of Krocodile Grille, Jimmy James Juan, at +63-917-535-7626 and ask him to secure a better life for the animals immediately.
Or click here to use Krocodile Grille's automated Web form to send a letter to Mr. Juan. Personalized letters always work best, but feel free to use the text below as a base for your letter. Keep in mind that your message will carry more weight if you write your own customized message and subject line.
You can also send written correspondence to the address below:
Jimmy James Juan, Owner
Level 1 Streetscape, Shangri-La Plaza Mall
Dear Mr. Juan:
I am writing to express my concern about the crocodiles who are languishing in cramped enclosures in Krocodile Grille restaurants.
Crocodiles are meant to spend their days swimming, basking in the sun, and foraging for food. It's no wonder that confinement can cause these intelligent animals significant stress. As if the trauma of being confined to an area that's millions of times smaller than their natural environment with no mental stimulation weren't bad enough, the crocodiles have to endure the taunting of diners.
The animals imprisoned at Krocodile Grille restaurants are doing nothing to attract business—in fact, most people would be saddened by their plight. I urge you to take immediate action and find these animals a safe, secure, and permanent home where they can have space to engage in their natural behaviors.
Respectfully yours,[Your name]