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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 an international animal welfare organisation with headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Founded by Heli Dungler in 1988, the organisation strives to help animals in need with sustainable campaigns and projects. The work is based on substantiated research and scientific expertise as well as intensive national and international lobbying. FOUR PAWS focuses on animals that are directly under human influence: stray dogs and stray cats, farm animals, companion animals and wild animals including bears, big cats and orangutans kept in inappropriate conditions. With offices in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam, FOUR PAWS aims to help animals in need directly and quickly. www.four-paws.org