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Three African Lions in La Chorrera - Being Held in Horrendous Conditions

Animals & Pets By Rafael E. Berrocal R.Flor Mizrachi for La Prensa - Three African lions have been in a cage for more than ten years in Panama, very far from their natural habitat and under adverse conditions. The rusted bars of their small cage in La Feria de La Chorrera: (The Fair in La Chorrera) are witness to their suffering. Most of the groups and associations dedicated to protecting animals and the Panamanian National Environmental Authority (ANAM) said they were unaware of the situation, and the Mayor of La Chorrera Luis Guerra said this problem falls to the responsibility of the patronage of the fair at La Chorrera. Ligia Castro, the Director of ANAM, reacted by announcing that they will inspect the place where the three lions and other big predatory cats - one puma and two ocelots - which will be conducted along with an administrative proceeding. The Fundación Humanitas, the Fundación San Francisco de Asís, and the "Asociación Amigos de los Animales y la Naturaleza" said the captivity of these animals at the fair breaks national and international laws and agreements. "These animals should be seized and taken to a place where they really can be taken care of. The fair of La Chorrera is keeping the animals in 'horrendous' conditions," said Olga Gaitán, the President of the Friends of Animals and Nature Association.

Editor's Comment: Parks and zoos are one place where Panama is about fifty years or more behind the times. If you want to keep animals in captivity then you have to make sure they are happy and healthy. The problem is - doing it right costs money. Doing it wrong is cruel and inhuman. I've been to dozens of zoos all over the world and this is an issue where humanity as a whole is slowly evolving. I had no idea there are three African lions in La Chorrera. My suggestion - create one National Zoo in Panama and spend the assets and resources necessary to do it right. Either do it right or don't do it at all.

LA CHORRERA. LA ANAM INVESTIGA EL CAUTIVERIO DE TRES LEONAS.

Encerradas y abandonadas

Una jaula ubicada en la Feria de La Chorrera ha sido la prisión de tres leonas durante 10 años. Asociaciones de amigos de los animales afirman que se han violado leyes y acuerdos nacionales e internacionales.

LA PRENSA/Carlos Lemos PRESAS. Las leonas están en una jaula de cemento y hierro, en un espacio de 9 metros cuadrados por 2 de alto.1000589

Rafael E. Berrocal R.Flor Mizrachi Unidad de investigacióninvestigación@prensa.com

Tres leonas africanas sufren un encierro de 10 años en Panamá, muy lejos de su hábitat natural y bajo condiciones adversas. Las rejas oxidadas de su pequeña jaula en la Feria de La Chorrera son testigos del sufrimiento.

La mayoría de las asociaciones que protegen los animales y la propia Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente (Anam) dijeron desconocer la situación, en tanto que el alcalde de La Chorrera, Luis Guerra, se limitó a decir que este es un problema del Patronato de la Feria de La Chorrera.

Ligia Castro, administradora de la Anam, reaccionó anunciando que inspeccionará el lugar donde están las tres leonas y otros felinos –un puma y dos manigordos– y que procederá con el trámite administrativo correspondiente.

La Fundación Humanitas, Fundación San Francisco de Asís, y la Asociación Amigos de los Animales y la Naturaleza dijeron que el cautiverio de estos animales en la Feria viola leyes y acuerdos nacionales e internacionales.

"Hay que decomisar esos animales y dejarlos en un lugar donde realmente puedan cuidarse. La Feria de La Chorrera tiene a los animales ‘paupérrimamente’ mal", comentó Olga Gaitán, presidenta de la Asociación Amigos de los Animales y la Naturaleza.

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