According to the ‘Petersburg Diary‘ ( «Петербургский дневник») online residents of a residential complex located along one of the cities avenues, noticed a lion cub on the street, who was frozen (-5C°) and placed himself sunder a car to keep warm. It turned out that the animal belongs to a man living in a house near the place where the little inhabitant of savanna was found by shocked pedestrians.
The owner of the lion cub said that sometimes he walks with the lion cub, but sometimes he releases him into streets alone, he plans to sell the cub in the nearest future, because he is “growing very fast”. The owner was not punished for cruelty, and the animal was returned to him as if nothing wrong happened.
Although Russia signed to CITES the black market of wild animals flourishes. Lion cubs are in high demand for photo shooting at parties, and events. There are companies renting lion or tiger cubs for an evening for a photo session for weddings, or fashion presentation.
However they grow quickly, and owners are willing to get rid of them, selling to private zoos, where the stay in misery locked in cages until the end of their days. Some of them are sold to circuses to be trained by electroshock collar to jump through the fire ring. The Stone age entertainment, subsidized by the Ministry of Culture.
Two rare jaguars (Panthera onca) have been killed earlier this month after the escapade in Attica zoo near Athens. The animal rights groups are indignant about the incident, demonstrating the utter disregard of life of rare spices.
The incident happened earlier in December but it was only revealed through an announcement by the Attica Zoological park this week.
According to the announcement, the two big cats, named Jenny and Spotty, escaped their controlled area, triggering the security protocol.
The announcement says that there was no danger to visitors and the staff during the incident, but it does not specify exactly how the two animals escaped.
“While every effort is made to prevent the escape of potentially deadly animals, it is impossible to predict all possible circumstances, and occasionally, such animals do manage to leave their enclosures, causing a very real risk of injury or death to people in the vicinity” said the text of the statement signed by David Williams-Mitchell Director of Communications of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).
The explanation of the killing given was that anesthesia cannot be effective with such animals has raised outrage in social media. Many Greek animal rights activists users cited the incident at a New Orleans zoo in July when a vet team sedated a jaguar that had escaped from its habitat and killed six animals.
Jaguars have the strongest bite force of all cats and they kill their prey by biting through the skull. They enjoy a good dip and are excellent swimmers. In fact, they typically live near water and have a taste for aquatic creatures. (Video above).
Leading websites Google and eBay are fighting the sale of rare creatures and their body parts over the internet in an illicit market worth millions of pounds. Illicit wildlife trade is the fourth largest black market in the world, worth $20 billion annually, impacting more than 7,000 species of animals and plants.
A recent investigation by the International Fund for Animal Welfare discovered online ads for ivory, rhino horn, live big cats, orangutans and gorillas as well as the skins from tigers, lions, cheetahs and leopards. Parrots, owls and birds of prey are also being sold in high numbers along with turtles and tortoises.
Nowadays the fight against using cyber technologies for profits of illegal wildlife is bringing together government bodies, conservation campaigning organisations and the major internet names in increased efforts to stop to systemic damages to spices.
The leading players of the among IT companies expressed their confidence that the way e-commerce, technology and social media companies are working together will end the global criminal network.
Wildlife trafficking is not a new phenomenon, but its scale, nature and impacts have changed considerably in recent years. Poaching has reached unprecedented levels for some species, and the world is currently facing a dramatic surge in wildlife trafficking.
Wildlife trafficking has become one of the most profitable criminal activities worldwide, with devastating effects for biodiversity and negative impact on the rule of law due to its close links with corruption. Its role in financing militia and terrorist groups has been mentioned in the recently proposed EU Action Plan on the fight against terrorist financing. The EU has an important role to play in addressing this traffic, as Europe is currently a destination market, a hub for trafficking in transit to other regions, as well as, for some species, the source region for illegal trade.
The tiger that killed Zoo keeper Rosa King has not been put down so far and was unharmed, police said. However there are concerns of the animal rights defenders, who oppose the idea of killing the wild animal for exposing natural instincts. Tigers belong to the wilde, but not to the cages in zoo.
A joint investigation by police and Huntingdonshire District Council – which is responsible for licensing the zoo – is currently under way. Rosa King, 34, died at Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire on 29 of May as a result of encounter with one of the tigers, entering anciently the enclosure. Ms.King was a very experienced animal caretaker, however her skills of working with big cats did not protect her from the abhorrent end.
The tragic death of zookeeper raises questions of public safety and ethics of keeping wild animals in the zoo – it is neither educational, no entertaining. The exposure of the keepers risking lives deprives the entire endeavour of the maintenance of wild animals in captivity of any joy. Even more, it is to be blamed to those who pay for the tickets while knowing that any moment an accident can occur, and a human life would be sacrificed for a distant glance at a wild beast one can watch close-up at any digital screen.
The friends of Rosa King are sure she would not approve of the killing of the tiger to whose natural predator instincts she had fallen a victim. The responsibility lies on those who regard zoo as an entertainment, and who pay money for the ticket encouraging to import wildlife, sentencing the tigers to life-long misery in captivity, and the keepers risking to die an atrocious death in claws of the beasts. Hopefully in 21 century one can switch to more civilized ways of spending bank holidays, than watching people mauled by tigers like at arena of Ancient Rome. #BANzoo #RespectNATURE