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Salvadoran Officials Are Looking For Those Responsible For The Death Of Gustavito The Hippo

Salvadorans are mourning the death of Gustavito, a 15-year-old hippopotamus who was brutally beaten to death by an unknown assailant at the National Zoological Park in San Salvador, El Salvador. In a country that has seen thousands of deaths over the past year linked to gang violence, the death of Gustavito has sent shockwaves through the Central American country.

Citizens in El Salvador are outraged over the senseless death of Gustavito.


Late on the evening of February 26, Gustavito died after a sustained and still mysterious beating from the week before. The hippopotamus was found with bruises and lacerations all over his body.

Salvadorans nationwide are mourning the death of one of the zoo’s most beloved animals.


“The Secretary of Culture regrets to inform the country that on Sunday, February 26, hippo Gustavito has died,” reads a press release from the zoo. “His death occurred due to serious complications in his health caused by the severe and forceful blows and injuries that he received on several parts of his body in a cowardly and inhumane attack that is being investigated. Veterinarians will perform the necropsy to determine, in more detail, the cause of death.”

Many can’t understand why someone would attack an animal in a zoo.


According to CNN, zoo director Vladen Henríquez said that “there were injuries inside his mouth” that were likely caused when “the animal tried to defend itself.”

Throughout El Salvador, people paid their respects to Gustavito.


“The death of #Gustavito has definitely moved us all,” wrote Twitter user @OwitOx.

In San Salvador, a candlelight vigil was held for the fallen animal.


According to NBC News, Gustavito was born and raised in Guatemala but was transported to the zoo in San Salvador 13 years ago.

Some are demanding that the zoo close and find those responsible.


In a country torn apart by violence, the death of Gustavito has dealt the country an unexpected blow.


According to the Washington Post, 5,278 people were murdered in El Salvador last year. Based on a population size of 6 million, El Salvador has the worst murder rate of the Western Hemisphere.

RIP, Gustavito.


Twitter user @Alexander2324lf wrote: “What heartless person could try to hurt a poor animal. #Gustavito ?”


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A Woman Who Decapitated An Owl For Social Media ‘Likes’ Has Been Murdered In Colombia

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A Woman Who Decapitated An Owl For Social Media ‘Likes’ Has Been Murdered In Colombia

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Months ago Mileydis Aldana of Colombia disturbed and shocked users online when she went viral for a disturbing video she posted. The content of the video sparked outrage after Aldana captured herself decapitating an owl and then posing with its carcass.

Dubbed the ‘Owl Killer’ Aldana was ultimately questioned by police for killing the owl after Colombia’s environmental agency was notified. According to reports, a local prosecutor Aldana was being probed for animal abuse. But the charges against Aldana have been put on pause after she was assassinated outside her home in the town of Corozal on Sunday. 

Six months after Aldana was named the ‘Owl Killer’ for the beheading, she was gunned down outside of her home.

In a story similar to Netflix’s trending series “Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer,” Mileydis Aldana attracted the ire of internet sleuths when she uploaded a video of herself decapitating an owl. Soon after the incident In recent weeks, several threats had been made against her on social media.

On Sunday, two men riding on a motorbike appeared outside Aldana’s home. One of the men shot at her six times before speeding off.

According to DailyMail, in recent weeks several threats had been made against Aldana on social media. Though Colombian authorities have yet to comment on a motive for her death, animal lovers celebrated her death. In their report about Aldana, DailyMail says “Andres Rojas Arenas described the event of her passing as ‘news that brightens the soul’… Meanwhile, Ramirz Juli said: ‘The owl came for her.'”

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Costco Pulls Chaokoh Coconut Milk Off the Shelves After the Brand Is Accused of Using Forced Monkey Labor

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Costco Pulls Chaokoh Coconut Milk Off the Shelves After the Brand Is Accused of Using Forced Monkey Labor

If you’re planning on buying Chaokoh coconut milk on your next trip to Costco, it’s best you look elsewhere. The wholesale giant has reportedly stopped stocking the Thailand-manufactured product due to allegations of forced monkey labor.

You read that right. USA Today reported that Costco expressed concern over Chaokoh’s labor practices after they were made aware of some upsetting accusations.

PETA alleges that monkeys are (often illegally) taken from their families in the wild and kept “chained” and “isolated” on “barren dirty farms” in Thailand where they have little opportunity to interact with their own kind. An investigator recorded upsetting footage.

The footage shows monkeys chained and caged in cramped quarters. One yanks on its cage, ostensibly trying to escape. The monkey are let out to climb trees and pick coconuts–sometimes up to 400 per day– and afterwards, they are once again confined to cages.

The coconuts they pick are used for the production of coconut milk, oils, yogurt, and other coconut-based products. While there, one of the workers told the PETA investigator that they supply their coconuts to Chaokoh.

While Costco will not publicly comment on the matter, USA Today obtained a letter a Costco executive wrote to PETA about the allegations.

“We have ceased purchasing from our supplier/owner of the brand Chaokoh,” wrote Ken Kimble, Costco’s vice president and general merchandise manager, in a letter dated September 29th.

Kimble added: “We have made it clear to the supplier that we do not support the use of monkeys for harvesting and that all harvesting must be done by human labor. In turn, our supplier has contractually required the same of all its suppliers. In addition, our supplier is in the process of visiting every one of its supplier farms to communicate the harvest policies.”

Although PETA has obtained footage of the monkey labor practices, the manufacturer of Chaokoh says they have conducted an internal audit of 64 farms out of 817 farms they source from. According to them, they “did not find the use of monkey for coconut harvesting.” They even presented USA Today with a 14-page document entitled the “Monkey-Free Coconut Due Diligence Assessment”.

Costco is not the only retail chain that stopped supplying Chaokoh. Walgreens, Duane Reade, ShopRite and Smart & Final are no longer selling the coconut milk brand due to the alleged animal abuse practices. Meanwhile, Target, Walmart, and Kroger still have the brand listed on their websites.

According to PETA, Thailand is the primary country that employs monkey-labor practices. Other coconut-heavy regions like Brazil, Colombia, and Hawaii use humane methods.

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