quarta-feira, 4 de maio de 2016

A happy ending for 33 Lions rescued from circuses in Latin America

A new life for those animals that showed clear signs of abuse. Now, living in a private Reserve, with 5000 acres, in the province of Limpopo. For here have travelled by plane and then arrive in trucks, for several hours, from Johannesburg to the North of the country.

For an employee of Animal Defenders International, ADI, a non-governmental organization with a branch in Colombia, Yani Matthew, this was a great moment because these lions "suffered greatly in the past".

According to this NGO 24 lions were removed to circuses in Peru. Are part of a group of more than 100 animals rescued with the help of Peruvian officials and with the objective to fight against the illegal trafficking of wild animals.

Says who witnessed the moment when these lions were "freed" it was a moment of happiness for the animals who had never stepped on the Earth:

"When we see them rubbed against trees, for the first time, it's really magical. Everything we have been trying to do with this project is to give these lions life they have been stolen for years in these circuses, itinerant, cruel, "explained Vice President of ADI, Tim Phillips.

The Lions are still free in the African jungle because would not survive. Many of them were removed the teeth, for example. One of them is nearly blind and another missing an eye.

"These lions are now in the stage of clausura (...) in what will remain for six months to a year. This is your time of adaptation that is the crucial stage, they come from a continent, completely different. Need to be monitored closely. Then they will be released for phase two, which is, obviously, very wide and that will last the rest of their lives ", the founder of this sanctuary, which exists since 2012, Savanah Heuser.

Bears, monkeys and other wildlife, rescued in Peru, operations were transferred to shrines in the South American country and a tiger was taken to Florida. The nine Lions of Colombia were handed over voluntarily by a circus.

According to ADI the two countries have already banned the use of wild animals in circuses.

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