The Wild Welfare team are saddened and shocked to read the case of several emaciated lions at a zoo in Sudan. The photos splashed across social media and news outlets alike are both harrowing and cause for much concern but they also offer a startling reminder as to why organisations like ourselves exist.
Unfortunately, whilst Wild Welfare isn’t in a position to offer emergency relief in this particular case, we regularly see concerning welfare issues that remain consistently prevalent around the world. We aim to end these issues, through capacity building, education and up-skilling of animal care staff and, where we can, welfare reform through creating policy and legislative changes. Progress takes time and patience is required, but as we have seen in our previous experiences across the globe, change can happen.
There are animals suffering right now and we aim to end that, but it is not enough to ‘prop-up’ a facility with financial support or short-term help. The changes that need to be made to ensure that cases similar to these starving lions are a thing of the past, are much more complicated than offering temporary aid. We are so thankful for the charities that are able to offer immediate help, abating the initial problem but sadly it will not put a stop to horrific practices like this appearing in the future. To achieve that, we aim to build and facilitate long-term partnerships that offer support, guidance and empowerment.
We understand that in this particular case in Khartoum, Sudan, the political unrest and economical crisis is partially to blame for the appalling conditions that these lions are in. However, their case is a startling reminder that there are many thousands of facilities globally where animals undergo similar treatment and require immediate attention in order to receive urgent care and a dramatic improvement in welfare standards.
If you are looking for a way in which to help with this effort, ensure the only animal facilities you visit are ones that prioritise animal welfare above all else.
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Wild Welfare is a global organisation committed to improving animal welfare for captive wild animals. By uniting the world’s leading zoos, zoo associations and animal welfare organisations, we build trusting partnerships that help provide long-term solutions to critical wild animal welfare issues.
Our vision is to end the suffering of captive wild animals around the world and ensure full and sustainable protection is given to all animals in human care. Find out more at www.wildwelfare.org. Registered charity in England (no.1165941).
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