14-Month-Old Lioness Declawed In Zoo So Kids Can Play With Her

14-Month-Old Lioness Declawed In Zoo So Kids Can Play With Her

A Palestinian zoo, in an attempt to bait visitors into visiting the zoo, decided to declaw a 14-month-old lioness in their possession so the guests could play and interact with the animal. The incident took place two weeks ago in the Gaza strip, where there’s a lack of proper veterinary facilities.

Falestine, the lioness, was tranquilized and shrouded before a veterinarian named Fayez al-Haddad got to work. He deliberately clipped off her claws one by one using a pair of shears before he sewed her up.

He completed the job on Tuesday, when the poor lioness was subjected to much pain once again. One can only imagine the confusion the animal experienced when she realized that she no longer has her claws, and the Four Paws charity says that the procedure is similar to a person losing their fingers up to their knuckles. Mohammad Jumaa, the zoo owner, and the veterinarian, however, both seem to be morally unaffected by what they did.

Rafah zoo opened 20 years ago, but animal welfare is clearly not on the top of their list of priorities. The zoo is located on the border of Egypt in the southern part of the Gaza strip. The zoo was closed down from 2004 to 2017, and Jumaa got it running again two years ago.

According to Four Paws and many other organizations, the zoo has bo business staying open, as there is no improvement in the well-being of the animals that are held captive there. Four newborn lion cubs were left to freeze at the zoo, and there are at least 49 other animals trapped in pitiful enclosures.


Yes this is cruel and should be made to stop, They are wild animals not toys so treat them with respect.

This is awful. And it makes absolutely no sense as many have noted the lioness will just use their teeth. There are stupid, ignorant people all over the world and many of them hurt or kill animals. I am more than uneasy about how quickly people who are commenting here are jumping to “in this part of the world” or “they kill reporters too” etc. etc. There are more than enough pictures of fat white men from America or Germany or Switzerland posing with pictures of big game that they have killed etc. Animals that could not have hurt them. In those cases most of us condemn the individuals. We don’t condemn white men or fat people or christians. Here there is a rapid switch to critiquing “the people in that part of the world”.

Animal cruelty a cat or a lion or a tiger or any species of cats this is wrong and cruel and not needed at all! How would you like it if someone came and cut off your fingertips so some kids could come and mess with you

All I have to say Is your retarded to d claw any cat they will forever get stuff inside their paws and their life span drops by almost half think about you using your claws to go to the washroom and have all that stuff go into your pink not nails yah that’s how it feels for a cat #pathetic

And when she bites one of their faces off it will be her fault, right? Not the fault of the cognitively-deficient zoo admins or parents.

So are they going to pull all of her teeth out?
This is just sick imo.

And they will rip out her teeth when she opts to bite someone? She’s still a baby!
I almost hope she does and someone sues to shut it down again, but not at the cost of euthenizing her. She’s had enough trauma.

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