Category Archives: Animals & Wildlife

Beirut Municipality Drops “Dog Ban” Proposal

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Beirut Municipality has dropped its proposal to ban dogs on sidewalks in Beirut and clarified that they will put in place regulations and procedures to improve safety and public hygiene, and that they will not resort to banning dogs from walking on sidewalks.

Animals Lebanon have been following up this issue from the start and a ‘Beirut S(h)it In’ was being planned to protest the decision but it’s no longer needed. The good news as well is that they will be holding meetings with the municipality in the coming week to discuss dog welfare and managing homeless dogs.

The municipality should sit with concerned NGOs and organizations for all matters related to the city and they should provide proper funding to figure out long-term solutions to pets and other matters. The municipality of Beirut is very far from the people and its reputation has been quite bad for years now but it’s never too late for a change.

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Beaten Sea Turtle is Doing Better

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Here’s a quick follow up on the giant marine turtle that was hit on the head and pulled out of the water to be used as a photo prop. The turtle’s skull is damaged but he is in safe hands now and was moved to a pool to recover.

This sea turtle cannot eat on his own or dive under the water. Days ago he was carried on shore, used as a photo prop, and beaten on the head with a stick. The blows were so strong that his skull is damaged.
To better care for him we bought a large pool and sun shade. The pool was set up this morning next to the port and sea water pumped in. By noon the turtle was moved in and looking more relaxed.
The Ministry of Agriculture and the Civil Defense have been great in caring for this turtle. [Animals Lebanon]

The turtle will be set free once the recovery process is over, but no one can guarantee the animal’s safety as long as there are no sanctuaries for these endangered species and there’s no law to protect them. Till now, the Lebanese parliament hasn’t approved the law to protect all animals that was submitted by Animals Lebanon and got approved by the Council of Ministers.

Rare Marine Turtle Almost Killed By People Taking Selfies in South Lebanon

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Selfie-Turtel-Lebanon via GreenArea

A sea turtle was reportedly pulled out of the water at a Rmeileh beach and people started taking selfies with it and stepping on it. To make things worse, the turtle was hit repeatedly on the head and a parent forced his kid to walk on the turtle. The giant sea turtle was later on rescued by the Civil Defense after being contacted from GreenArea. The organization also contacted the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture as well as Animals Lebanon.

This is a clear violation of Agriculture Law 1/125 that prohibits the poaching of marine animals. Unfortunately, this is not the first time sea turtles are killed in Lebanon.

I will never understand why people willingly harm such beautiful creatures. What’s the point in hitting a sea turtle on the head and leaving it to die? Where’s the fun in that? Seriously? Would you like someone to hit you on the head repeatedly and take selfies?

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Nadine from Newsroomnomad first reported the story and posted a lengthy article on this matter. I recommend you read it [here].

VIDEO: Two Teenagers Torturing A Small Chick

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chick via APAF ( Animals Pride And Freedom )

Young and stupid. The school should reprimand the two teenagers as well as the person filming them. I can’t believe they are scouts. Nevertheless, I am totally against harsh punishments such as kicking them out of school. Someone should sit down and explain to them what they did wrong otherwise they will commit worse acts later.

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Is This still Acceptable in #Beirut These Days?

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PS: I cropped the lower part to make the picture less gruesome.

There are so many wrongs in this picture that I don’t even know where to begin, whether with the fact that these poor animals are being killed in a barbaric way in the middle of the street or the fact that there are still people willing to sacrifice sheep to welcome leaders.

And let’s not get started with public health issues. What a shame!

Four Female Sea Turtles Killed in Less than A Month in Tyre (Mansouri Beach)

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Less than 5% of the Lebanese Coast remains clean and untouched and there are at least two turtle reserves known, both in the South (Mansouri and Kolaila beaches). Both are recognized as being protected natural areas by the municipalities but they are still not protected by law and are often threatened by projects or simply fishermen.

In the past four months, four female sea turtles were killed by dynamite and lannate poisoning even though using these substances is forbidden by law. The Orange House Project, an NGO working for the protection and conservation of sea turtles in South Lebanon, shared pictures of the dead turtles and urged the authorities to do their job and stop these criminals.

Sea turtles travel from all over the world to lay their eggs and reproduce on our beaches. They are beautiful yet endangered turtles and something needs to be done to declare the Coastal area that stretches from the Naqura Cliffs (South of Tyre) to the Tyre Reserve a protected area and sea biosphere reserve!

Say No To Spring Hunting in Lebanon!

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Spring hunting is extremely damaging to wild birds as they are flying back to nest and provide the next generation of birds. If we don’t allow these migratory birds to breed during this sensitive time, their populations stand no chance of recovery.

The Indiscriminate Killing of any type of Migratory or Resident Birds,.at any time of the year (and surely increasing at the Migratory Season), ..the shooting that is happening at any Location (not just in the Bekaa Valley, or High lands),..between Olive groves, Fruit gardens, agriculture fields, between houses in villages, the use of hunting guns by people as young as 7 years old,….this is not just killing beneficial birds that help control the ecological balance (the birds help in harmful insects reduction and therefore directly contribute to a healthy agriculture and to the farmers reducing the use of chemical fertilizers) but also spreading all “heavy metals” / “toxic chemicals” from the bullets shot in the air, powder falling on the soil, on the fruits, olives, vegetables, infiltrating the soil and polluting the ever rare fresh water…

This is simply a Suicidal activity..not just for the country Lebanon but also to the Region and the whole Planet since we are all Connected on our Home, Planet Earth.

Unfortunately, hunting in Lebanon is still not regulated and a lot of hunters just go out and hunt for the fun of it. They shoot at anything that flies and don’t even bother retrieve the downed birds or pick up the empty bullets. A couple of hunters were arrested this year due to illegal hunting but more needs to be done to stop the carnage. There’s already an ongoing campaign and a online petition being signed and we can do more by preventing family members and friends from hunting during spring.

I truly hope that avid and ethical hunters will refrain from hunting during spring and practice their hobbies in other seasons. A lot of species are declining due to climate change, habitat loss and and spring hunting will only make things worse.

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Vulture Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison After Refusing To Admit Any WrongDoing

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vulture Locals swooped on the vulture in the southern Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil – via The Guardian

I don’t have a problem with apprehending birds that have Israeli identification rings on them but to capture them on suspicious of espionage is quite ridiculous. Any headline is better than “Vulture arrested in Lebanon on suspicion of spying” or “Israeli “Spy Eagle” Caught In Lebanon” because such headlines really make us look stupid.

I’m sure Israel has all sorts of spying tools and could be using birds and animals as well (hard to believe tbh), but let’s report this the proper way and make sure we find a spying tool on that poor bird before accusing him of spying lol!

A vulture from an Israeli nature reserve has been captured in Lebanon on suspicion of espionage after flying across the border, Israel’s nature reserve authority has said.

Members of the Israeli public phoned the Israel Nature and Parks Authority to alert it to Facebook reports and pictures of a vulture with an Israeli identification ring and location transmitter captured by residents of the south Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil, a spokeswoman, Tali Tenenbaum, said.

“Reports passed to us show the vulture tied with a rope by local people who write that they suspect Israeli espionage apparently because of the transmitter attached to him,” the authority said. [Source]

Here’s what Colbert had to say about the “Spy Israeli Birds”:

PS: The title is obviously a joke.

Hyena Shot 4 Times In The Head In Akkar

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I cannot believe that their first instinct was to shoot the poor animal in the head instead of calling the cops or an ambulance or NGOs like Animals Lebanon & BETA that take care of animals. Unfortunately, this is not the first crime against hyenas in Lebanon and it won’t be the last.

I’ve said that a dozen times and will repeat it: Hyenas are harmless gentle creatures and they don’t attack humans (especially the striped ones). Moreover, the Lebanese hyena is an endangered species and plays a crucial role by cleaning forests from carcasses and bones, which is why we need to condemn these attacks and fine people who harm hyenas from now on. If they really felt threatened by the animal, they could have tied him up and waited for someone specialized in animals to show up instead of shooting him brutally like that.

Check out the [video].

PS: The video contains graphic content and may not be suitable for sensitive viewers or children.

Animal Cruelty Is A Serious Crime! A Young Kid Encouraged To Kill A Kitten For $10

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This is disturbing, disgusting and unfreakin-believable! A video is being shared today on Facebook showing two guys encouraging a young kid to push a kitten off a building. You can hear them offering him $10 if he throws the cat off the roof. I don’t know who these people are but they need to be reported to the police.

I’ve had it with animal cruelty in this country. I don’t know what the hell is wrong with some Lebanese. This is a serious crime and it should be punishable by law once and for all!

I’m not embedding the video but you can watch it [here]. If you are sensitive viewer, don’t watch it as it contains graphic content.