Omega, a twelve year old chimpanzee, was safely flown to a sanctuary in Brazil after being rescued from a zoo in southern Lebanon. Animals Lebanon was notified about the small zoo in April 2010, and successfully worked with the owner to close down the zoo and send the animals to sanctuaries.
Experts from across the European Union will join stakeholders in Lebanon for the first national workshop on animal welfare on May 18th and 19th. Held under the patronage of the Lebanese Minister of Agriculture, HE Dr. Hussein Hajj Hassan, this two day workshop is a major initiative to enact national animal welfare legislation.
Stopping animal abuse starts with individual animals - the dog shot while living on the streets, the cat forced to scavenge from dumpsters, and the monkey displayed in a tiny cage in a pet shop. At the same time, stopping abuse starts with some of the most important international conventions.
On 4 March, at the Radisson hotel, Animals Lebanon held a press conference to explain the importance of having national legislation for animal welfare ? and the important work being done to make sure these laws are drafted and enacted.