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sqnkova Dec 21, 2017 09:46 PM
Lion cubs in captivity being endangered by the government - question about possible legal action of EU towards a country part of the EU.


I am writing to you from Bulgaria, where for days now two lion cubs which were rescued from a neglectful Zoo institution are about to be traded back into captivity.

Their case received small coverage by the media, but long story short: an animal rights organization founded in Bulgaria saved the cubs and provided their required veterinary care (crowdfunded); and the initial agreement between the government and the rescue organization was for the cubs to find proper care and home throughout a secure wild animals shelter located in Holland, and from there a protected natural habitat in UAE. However, due to corrupt politician's private interest in illegally owning the cubs, they're now to be 'gifted' to a Zoo in a city in Bulgaria which lacks the proper conditions and educated staff that can adequately care for the cubs. The likelihood of them dying shortly after being taken there, or ending up at a private estate are too high.

The people have attempted to contact the legal system of the government to no avail, and the media owned by the aforementioned politician is issuing false statements in order to sway mass consciousness and prevent the lions from having the life and fate they deserve. Tomorrow (22-12-2017) a protest will be held in front of the Bulgarian Congress building, backed both by animal rights organizations and civilians.

Further information on the case can be found throughout the Social Media Facebook page of the Wild Animals - @DiviteJivotni foundation, Four Paws - @4paws foundation, Veterinary Clinic - @dobrohrumvane and many more connected pages.

Please advise who else could we contact in EU so that our plea for legal assistance in the matter can be heard!

Thank you,
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EEA Jan 03, 2018 03:49 PM

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Since the matter of your interest is beyond EEA’s working remit, EEA is not able to provide you with any relevant detailed information. Nevertheless, please find link to WWF that may be able to assist you to obtain the information needed.

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If you would like to contact one of the WWF branches, please select the office in or closest to your country at the above mentioned website to find the relevant contact details.

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