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In Memory of Heli Dungler

Reaction after lion attack in Pretoria

26.8.2019

Reaction after lion attack in Pretoria

“All loss of life is tragic and our deepest sympathy goes to the victim’s family. However, these attacks can be avoided by not allowing any unnecessary human-wildlife interaction. The fact remains that lions are wild animals and no matter how habituated or tame they might seem, they remain unpredictable and instinctive. The predator’s instinct will seek out certain characteristics and identify easy prey, i.e. the small, weak, slow and sick," says Fiona Miles, director of FOUR PAWS in South Africa

"What seems to be happening with captive animals in facilities where interaction is a regular occurrence, is that they reach a 'breaking point' where they lash out. About 60% of all the reported attacks on human due to predator interaction, involved captive-bred lions, rather than cheetahs or tigers.”

FOUR PAWS is the global animal welfare organisation for animals under human influence, which reveals suffering, rescues animals in need and protects them. Founded in 1988 in Vienna by Heli Dungler, the organisation advocates for a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy and understanding. The sustainable campaigns and projects focus on stray dogs and cats as well as pets, farm animals and wild animals – such as bears, big cats, orangutans and elephants – kept in inappropriate conditions as well as in disaster and conflict zones. With offices in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Kosovo, the Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, Hungary, the UK, the USA and Vietnam as well as sanctuaries for distressed animals in twelve countries, FOUR PAWS provides rapid help and long-term solutions. www.four-paws.org