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Nora's fate tells the story of striped hyenas in Lebanon
23 January 2012

 

One of our supporters contacted us urgently after seeing a hyena on television that someone had caught - telling us that the animal looked terrified and appeared to be in severe pain. We got in touch with the television station to introduce the work of Animals Lebanon. Fortunately they appreciated the need for speedy action and helped us contact the person who had featured in their program. We discovered that five days earlier he had seen the injured hyena crossing the road, caught her with a rope and taken her to his house.

We sent our team to the location and explained that we needed to take the hyena for treatment, rushing the animal to a veterinarian where x-rays revealed the extent of her injuries. We were shocked to find that her body was riddled with shot gun pellets. The hyena had an open wound on her lower thigh and a badly broken leg. Immediate surgery was needed to clean her infected wound and a further operation was planned to fix her leg.
 
People are now familiar with the other hyenas Animals Lebanon has rescued in the past. For many their image of hyenas comes from a television wildlife documentary showing a bunch of scruffy, dog-like animals tearing at a carcass. So why do we need to protect these creatures and what is their role in our ecosystem?

Our Lebanese wildlife is gradually disappearing: over the last hundred years at least ten Lebanese mammals have become extinct. The combination of the destruction of habitat and unregulated hunting means hyenas are at risk of becoming extinct in Lebanon. It is vital that we act now to save those hyenas at risk before they disappear from our countryside like so many other animals.

It was extremely sad to see this beautiful animal lying on her side, barely able to breathe and covered in blood, shivering and hoping her nightmare was over. We called her Nora. Shortly before this story was posted Nora sadly died of her injuries, but it does not have to end there. We need to use this sad case to highlight the plight of the striped hyenas in Lebanon and help give this species hope for survival.
 
Where does such cruelty end? Animals Lebanon has launched the campaign to enact national animal protection and welfare legislation, and we are now working with all of our resources to make sure this draft law is enacted. No longer will these animals be allowed to be captured for use in zoo, private collections or pet shops.

 

The draft law provides for substantial penalties, including fines and imprisonment, but also encourages education and awareness to help prevent such abusive and destructive acts from happening at all. 

 

Donate today to help animals like Nora, or click here to join us in our campaign to enact animal protection and welfare laws.

 

 


 

With the national animal protection and welfare legislation campaign officially launched, Animals Lebanon volunteers and supporters are out on the streets of Lebanon to spread awareness, garner support, and secure petition signatures of those in support of the law. 

 

In addition to taking to the streets, Animals Lebanon volunteers are holding awareness events at schools and universities across Lebanon. Most recently, the organization coordinated an event at Haigazian University where they worked with the school’s Environmental Club. Organized on December 19-20, 2011, Animals Lebanon supporters and the club members wholeheartedly campaigned on the campus to gain petition signatures, and ultimately, enact the national animal legislation.

 

Commenting on the event’s success, the president of the Environmental Club said, “Around half of the university’s students signed the Animals Lebanon petition and many shared the petition online.” She continued, “The club’s members are eager to help in spreading the message because they recognize that animal abuse is wrong and, as such, should be made illegal.”

 

Animals Lebanon volunteers and Haigazian University students put an impressive amount of effort into trying to reach out to many people and the members are still willing to do more in future collaborations.

Thus far, the organization has secured over 5,000 signatures and will continue to work toward its goal of 25,000 signatures in support of this law and meeting individually with parliamentarians, while cooperating with the Ministry of Agriculture to see the legislation is enacted in the immediate future. Given the success of the event held at Haigazian University, Animals Lebanon plans to hold several more awareness events at schools elsewhere in the country
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#2 LebanonNoura Traboulsi 2013-03-07 14:31
This is really sad , I can't believe these beautiful animals are tramped without any help
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#1 LebanonFady 2012-07-05 06:58
The Lebanese communities lack education and awareness regarding the Lebanese wildlife.

Working in rural development, this issue stroked me many times.

I really believe that an awareness campaign that will target the students in rural schools (public and private), farmers, shepherds and local stakeholders as well as responsible tourism tour operators can stimulate the Lebanese rural communities to better understand their ecosystems.

If you are planning to work on such a campaign, please do not hesitate to contact me
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