Footage Shows 14-Month-Old Lioness Getting Declawed So Children Can Play With Her

Some believe they have power over the less fortunate. It’s sad how humans believe that their power should never be questioned.

Humans have reached dangerous heights, and there’s no coming back now. Some things can’t be unseen. We give you the story of Falestine.

The poor lioness was just 14 months old when staffers at the Gaza zoo decided to declaw her. Wonder why? They wanted to make the lioness “fit” for plat so kids could touch and hug her.

Last year, animal rights activists shared the video from the Rafah roadside zoo in the Gaza Strip. It became viral, and the world was disgusted with the brutal act that left the poor animal in agony. Millions of people condemned the cruel practice.

In the footage, we can see Palestinian veterinarian Fayyaz al-Haddad clipping off the claws of Falestine using wire cutters and sheers. Falestine’s wounds were sewed up, but you can’t ignore the blood drips.

According to the owner, Mohammed Jumaa, 53, they were just trying to “reduce the aggression of the lioness so it can be friendly with visitors.”

Lioness Falestine has her head pushed down into the dirt as she lies helplessly in the Gaza strip, far from her natural habitat.

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Falestine was declawed “so that they would not grow fast and visitors and children could play with her.”

The veterinarian explained that their only intention was to “bring smiles and happiness to children while increasing the number of visitors to the park, which suffers from high expenses, it does not lose its innate nature.”

Animal right advocates didn’t approve any of this:

“For big cats, removing the claws is a particularly vicious procedure which causes long-lasting damage,” Four Paws explain. “Natural behavior, such as grabbing food or climbing, is hardly possible without an animal’s claws. Since the amputation was not done in a proper vet clinic, the chance of infection is high.”

PETA issued a statement, warning the world of the possible consequences of such act.

“Whether her claws grow back or not, declawing her or any cat is an invasive and extremely painful mutilation. The surgery involves at least 10 separate amputations—not just of cats’ nails but also of their joints.

Declawing can lead to a lifetime of painful and debilitating complications, including lameness and arthritis. Some animals even die as a result of the procedure.”

A few month after the video was released, the zoo was shut down completely. Four lion cubs were left to freeze to death. The tragedy shocked the world, and the animals were relocated to Jordan animal sanctuaries.

The zoo was destroyed during an Israeli army bulldozing operation in Rafah in 2004, before Jumaa re-established it two years ago.

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The horror was brought to an end. Four Paws veterinarian and head of mission Amir Khalil said the poor animals had to live in cruelty for too long. They are safe now.

A lot of animals have die in rocket attacks and war battles. The zoo was destroyed during an Israeli army bulldozing operation in Rafah in 2004. Jumaa re-opened it two years ago.