Animal rights group blames Lolong’s death on its captivity



In this Sunday Sept. 4, 2011 file photo, police and residents pose with Lolong, following its capture by residents and crocodile farm staff along a creek in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. An animal rights group implicitly blamed the death of the crocodile Lolong on its captivity. AP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—An animal rights group implicitly blamed the death of the crocodile Lolong on its captivity.

In a statement, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) said the death of Lolong was “tragic but, sadly, not surprising,” and added: “Scientific studies have shown that captive animals die younger than their wild counterparts.”

“Lolong suffered and died because people wanted to make money off [its] captivity,” Peta said, noting that the crocodile had spent its last

18 months in a concrete pen instead of in the Agusan Marsh, where the crocodile belonged.

“Crocodiles shun contact with humans, and captive crocodiles like Lolong never become tame,” Peta said. “No zoo can come close to providing what even small crocodiles need, much less a crocodile the size of Lolong.”

The group said crocodiles were born to roam freely and seek out mates on their own and hunt for food, and such instincts could not be replicated in captivity.

“When you consider the immense size and strength of Lolong, there is no doubt that being contained in a cramped enclosure caused [it] extreme distress and misery,” Peta said.

The group expressed hope that Lolong’s death would motivate the government to avoid capturing animals from the wild only to lock them up in cages. It cited the case of Mali, the elephant at Manila Zoo, which it said had already been accepted in a sanctuary, “where her life expectancy and happiness can be increased.”

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  • paul

    mukhang pera kc c mayor, dapat xa ipalit jan sa cage.

  • Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

    Outrageous. They should organize another naked picture protest to show their outrage!

    • Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

      many many protests are needed!

      • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

         I TOTALLY agree. More naked protests i mean.

        And bring mineral oil. lots and lots of mineral oil. Splash it amongst your selves in sign of protest!  Rub it gently, and delicately at your skin, and each other….

  • John

    Breaking News: Gloria was given a permit to be transferred to Bunawan agusan where Lolong used to live. More tourist are coming micky mouse will  be the tourist guide Miguel and vicky2 will manage the gate for the fee entrance the town will prosper under Mayor Flash Elorde

  • Fred

    Peta, para kayong pulitiko kung magsalita!
    Nakita ba ninyo si Lolong personally?

  • Scot Summer

    PETA is not a an expert on Animals and Wild life LOLONG dies because they place it on CAGE then ans. this WHY Australia has be biggest Crocs belong LOLONG still alive until now?

    Its true that they want to make money with this Crocs. But the way u explain how LOLONG dies shows that you are not an Animal Expert nor a Biologist

  • regd

    If PETA means releasing Lolong into the wild and continue with his human-eating routine, Nope, sorry. I want him exactly where he is right now.

  • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

    Interesting theory, but we need proof.


  • Rogers Nelson Uy

    yung buwaya nabuhay ng milyong milyong panahon at tinalo pa nya yung mga dinosaur mabuhay,  namatay ng ilang buwan nung mahawakan ng mga politiko.

  • kilabot

    it’s now out. 
    lolong committed suicide because it could not stomach what his siblings in congress are doing.

  • Tyler Sterling

    I agree 100% peta seeks laws against snakes to be kept in captivity   but snakes love small cramped spaces however crocodiles and lizards have large ranges in the wild but only few breeders can replicate this in captivity, we will never really know if lolong had in proper housing but its a fact professional US keepers could have made a better attempt IMO

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