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FOUR PAWS in Gaza 2019



Shocking abuse revealed

Shocking images have revealed animals are currently suffering in the Rafah Zoo, Gaza. Devastating footage of a 14-month-old lioness being declawed with garden shears by the zoo owner and a veterinarian was published by local media in early February. This horrific event followed the tragic death of four newborn lion cubs at the zoo due to unusually cold weather and lack of proper care.

FOUR PAWS demands the closure of Rafah Zoo, where over 40 more animals are being kept in horrible conditions. Dr. Amir Khalil and his team have already begun negotiations with the relevant authorities and we hope to have positive news to share soon.

These animals urgently need our help. SIGN OUR PETITION and add your voice!

 


The owner of the oldest zoo in Gaza allows visitors to play with this 14-month-old lioness, which is why she had her claws cruelly removed with garden shears.

 

Gaza animals need our help

The small zoo in Rafah was opened in 1999, located in the southernmost part of the Gaza Strip, close to the border with Egypt.

 

Currently, dozens of animals – including five lions, a hyena, several monkeys, wolves, emus, cats, dogs and exotic birds are suffering at the zoo and need our urgent help. Will you help us save them?

SIGN OUR PETITION and add your voice!



What do we know about Rafah zoo?

In 2004, the zoo in the southernmost part of the Gaza Strip was almost completely demolished. Some of the animals were killed, stuffed and are on display at the zoo.




Our past rescues in Gaza

We want to finally put an end to the suffering of the animals of Rafah Zoo and the first negotiations with the responsible authorities have already begun.

FOUR PAWS is active in Gaza since 2014 and has already evacuated and closed down two zoos – Al-Bisan zoo and Khan Younis zoo – in the region. The former zoo inhabitants were transferred to FOUR PAWS' sanctuaries around the world.

Rafah Zoo is well known to us. In 2015, the owner of the zoo sold the two lion cubs Max and Mona to a local who gave them to his grandchildren. The cubs ended up in a refugee camp from where we confiscated them and brought them to Al Ma'wa for Nature & Wildlife sanctuary in Jordan.

Now we want to put an end to the suffering of the animals of Rafah Zoo once and for all. The first negotiations with the responsible authorities have already begun.

 

We will keep you updated about our mission to save the animals of Rafah Zoo via Facebook and emailSIGN OUR PETITION and add your voice!



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