Shocking Footage: Gaza Zoo Declaws 14-Month-Old Lioness So That Children Can Play With Her

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Shocking Footage: Gaza Zoo Declaws 14-Month-Old Lioness So That Children Can Play With Her

An activist has released footage showing a 14-month-old lioness called Falestine being declawed in a Zoo in Gaza, sparking an international reaction of anger toward the practice. In the video, Palestinian veterinarian Fayyaz al-Haddad is seen clipping off the lioness' claws through the use of a pair of wire cutters and a pair of sheers. Fayyaz told Fox news that,


"The claws were cut so that they would not grow fast and visitors and children could play with her,"



"We want to bring smiles and happiness to children while increasing the number of visitors to the park, which suffers from high expenses, it does not lose its innate nature," he said.



Animal rights advocates activists, however, disagree. Animal charity, Four Paws has explained:


"For big cats, removing the claws is a particularly vicious procedure which causes long-lasting damage. Natural behavior, such as grabbing food or climbing, is hardly possible without an animal’s claws. Since the amputation was not done in a proper vet clinic, the chance of infection is high."


The video footage is truly disturbing and makes one wonder how a veterinarian like Fayyaz al-Haddad, who is meant to treat animals rather than torturing and depriving them of their basic survival assets that were given to them by nature, -how does he, stand up to his moral duty as a doctor and whether he should be allowed to carry on his practice.



The particular zoo in Gaza has often been accused of mistreating animals. Shortly after the video was released, the zoo had to shut down after four lion cubs froze to death.


In a statement to the AFP, Four Paws and head of mission Amir Khalil stated that the group was happy to see that the zoo was finally closing.



"For far too long, the animals of Rafah Zoo have had to live under unimaginably dreadful conditions. We are happy to finally put an end to this horror," Khalil said.


All of the animals that were kept in the zoo at the time of the closure, including five lions, several hyenas and porcupines, are relocated to animal sanctuaries in Jordan.


Image credits: Image credit: FOUR PAWS USA

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An activist has released footage showing a 14-month-old lioness called Falestine being declawed in a Zoo in Gaza, sparking an international reaction of anger toward the practice. In the video, Palestinian veterinarian Fayyaz al-Haddad is seen clipping off the lioness' claws through the use of a pair of wire cutters and a pair of sheers. Fayyaz told Fix news that, "The claws were cut so that they would not grow fast and visitors and children could play with her,”
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