Outrage hits Brazil Olympics as jaguar used in torch ceremony shot dead.
A jaguar named Juma has been shot and killed after being used in an Olympic torch ceremony on June 20 in Manaus, Brazil. The large cat, which was chained up on a stage, reportedly approached a soldier at the conclusion of the ceremony. The soldier fired a single shot which killed the jaguar.
The use of a live animal during the torch ceremony has fueled criticism and outrage from the public as well as officials. “We made a mistake in permitting the Olympic torch, a symbol of peace and unity, to be exhibited alongside a chained wild animal,” the organizing committee Rio 2016 said in a statement. “This image goes against our beliefs and our values. We guarantee that there will be no more such incidents at Rio 2016.”
Ipaam, the State’s environmental authority is investigating the incident to see if the use of a wild animal, without correct permits, was illegal.
A jaguar named Ginga is the official mascot for Brazil’s Olympic team.