FOUR PAWS transports five rescued lions to the lion…

(Hamburg/Bethlem, South Africa) – The global animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS has successfully relocated five rescued lion siblings to the LIONSROCK big cat sanctuary in South Africa. On August 10th, this year’s International Lion Day, the five youngest siblings out of a total of seven siblings arrived at their last home. The two older brothers, Simba and Elsa, are staying at FELIDA because they need special care.

In September 2021, FOUR PAWS rescued big cats from dangerous conservation conditions in Picio de Munte, Romania and brought them to the FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary in the Netherlands. Siblings Roman, Vincent, Dolph, Ellie and Gina have arrived safely at LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary after a long journey. At FELIDA, Simba and Elza receive the tailored care they need.

“These lions have never been allowed to live a life appropriate to a species in Romania. At LIONSROCK they can live as a group in large-scale natural enclosures, expressing their natural behavior and individual personalities. They can explore, play and hide if they so choose We are glad they are finally allowed to live a better life We hope that their younger brother Aslan will not soon be kept as a pet and exploited in music videos,” says Barbara Van Geen, who is responsible for wildlife rescues at FOUR PAWS.

Hamburg/Bethlem, South Africa, August 15, 2022 – World animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS has successfully relocated five rescued lion siblings to the LIONSROCK big cat sanctuary in South Africa. On August 10th, this year’s International Lion Day, the five youngest siblings out of a total of seven siblings arrived at their last home. The two older brothers, Simba and Elsa, are staying at FELIDA because they need special care.

In September 2021, FOUR PAWS rescued big cats from dangerous conservation conditions in Picio de Munte, Romania and brought them to the FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary in the Netherlands. Siblings Roman, Vincent, Dolph, Ellie and Gina have arrived safely at LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary after a long journey. At FELIDA, Simba and Elza receive the tailored care they need.

“These lions have never been allowed to live a life appropriate to a species in Romania. At LIONSROCK they can live as a group in large-scale natural enclosures, expressing their natural behavior and individual personalities. They can explore, play and hide if they so choose We are glad they are finally allowed to live a better life We hope that their younger brother Aslan will not soon be kept as a pet and exploited in music videos,” says Barbara Van Geen, who is responsible for wildlife rescues at FOUR PAWS.

Concern for the lions left in Romania

Although the owner separated from seven of his lions, he kept three and, contrary to a written agreement, forbade the FOUR PAWS team from spaying the adult male lion. FOUR PAWS fears that the owner will not stop breeding as agreed and calls on the Romanian authorities to take action to protect these and other wildlife from such exploitation. The Animal Welfare Organization continues to fight for the parents of the rescued lions and a one-year-old lion named Aslan, whose owner refuses to give up. The conditions in which lions are kept in Picior de Munte in southern Romania are not safe for animals and pose a danger to humans in the event of an outbreak, and there is no specialized veterinary care for the animals. Like Simba before him, Aslan had to appear in a shocking music video.

“It is incredible that these lions appear in the music videos. This is another clear indication that the owner is not allowed to keep lions. It is a disgrace to the animal welfare laws of Romania. He refuses to give up the remaining lions or breed as agreed, they will stop Permanently. We will do everything we can to prevent more animals from living in inappropriate private possession or commercial exploitation. We ask the owner to honor the written agreement with us and with the authorities to help us do this to give these lions a better life,” says Ioana Dongler, Head of Life Wilderness at FOUR PAWS.

Wild animals are exploited in the European Union for recreational purposes

Romania has banned the breeding of big cats and other wild animals in circuses since 2017. Private stocking is only allowed with official permission. In the European Union and around the world, thousands of lions and other wild animals are exploited and abused each year for the commercial wildlife trade, including recreational.

“Inside and outside Europe – including in Romania – important measures have already been taken to better protect wild animals by law. Despite this, many lions and other wild animals are often kept privately in conditions that are inappropriate for circus performances, pictorial interactions or In backyards, Dongler said, they are bred for their body parts, skin and bones or used as pets for entertainment.

LIONSROCK: A species-fitted home for over a hundred rescued big cats in South Africa

The LIONSROCK Big Cat Conservation Center near Bethlehem, South Africa provides a species-friendly and lifelong home to more than a hundred rescued big cats. FOUR PAWS rescued the majority of animals from zoos and circuses destroyed in the war, from private property and from hatchlings. Captive animals cannot be returned to the wild.

The Natural Habitat promotes natural behavior of the highest standards, as well as the medical care of animals. and packaging safety standards. The hunting, trafficking and breeding of big cats are strictly prohibited in LIONSROCK. In addition, interaction between visitors and wild animals is also prohibited.

Source and contact address:
FOUR PAWS – Animal Welfare Foundation Oliver Windhurst, Spokesperson Schomburgstr. 120, 22767 Hamburg Phone: (040) 399249-0, Fax: (040) 399249-99

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