This tiger, kept at a private zoo, died over the course of months from improper care. (Photo courtesy of Animals Lebanon)
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Local NGO Animals Lebanon launched the campaign "Last Chance for Big Cats" in cooperation with the Agriculture Ministry Wednesday to end the trafficking, selling and mistreatment of lions, tigers, cheetahs and other big cats in Lebanon.Animals Lebanon has been working since 2008 to rescue suffering animals from private homes or abusive, dilapidated zoos.Animals Lebanon estimates there are 20-30 big cats currently in Lebanon. Some were smuggled over the Syrian border where Jason Meir, executive director of Animals Lebanon, says dozens if not hundreds of these kinds of animals have been bred and trafficked across the region for years. Lebanon was one of the last regional countries to join but Animals Lebanon is optimistic about the progress made.
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