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Somaliland Zoo

Issue 337

Front Page


MP Challenges TGS-NOPEC And Minerals Ministry To Become Accountable And Transparent

Somaliland's High Risk Approach To Djibouti

Somaliland Kids Die In The High Seas, What Should The Diaspora Do To Stop It?


Somaliland Foreign Policy In Djibouti Is The Right Strategy

Somaliland Youth's Death Odyssey In The Mediterranean Sea

Somaliland - The Unknown Republic

Somaliland Hopes Election Will Lead To Recognition

Attorneys File First New Habeas Petitions Following Historic Supreme Court Ruling Protecting Guantánamo Detainees

Lundin And Range Resources In Way Over Their Heads

UNICEF Ambassador, Clay Aiken, Says Organization Is Making A Difference In Somalia Despite Difficult Circumstances

The Hour Of Reckoning Is Here For The Kibaki-Raila Government

Canadian Resident 'Asparo' Killed In Somalia

Officer's Sentence For Assault Upheld On Appeal

Regional Affairs

Illegal Migration From Africa To Yemen On The Rise

UNHCR Starts Relocation Of Refugees In Kenyan Camps

Special Report

International News

Oil producers may cut production, Libya warns

Bush Approves Additional $32 Million for Refugees

Vibrant London demonstration against George Bush attacked by police

Guilty: Men who shot dead 15-year-old with sub-machine gun after mistaking him for his brother


Interview with Ahmed Mohamed Hassan, the former Somali Air Force pilot....

Government considering integration programme

World food aid plummets as prices of wheat and maize soar

African Officers to be Invited to Serve in New US Africa Command

World Refugee Day Event To Honor New Minnesotans' Tenacity, Generosity

Farrah Bokhari


Survivors of an Ethiopian massacre 20 years ago revisited

Warriors in white coats

Food for thought


Open letter to Somaliland Representative in USA

Your Editorial: "Djibouti’s Chickens...."

Somaliland, the world’s superlative democracy

Somaliland - Sleeping-walking into disaster

What better time to hope and work for change on the world stage?

The Upshot of the Somali Peace Express

Tribute to Omar Jama Ismail


To the Editor;
I am writing regarding a television programme which was shown last week, called, "Holidays in Places that Don't Exist - Somaliland ".
I am always interested to read about other countries and their peoples, with the view that, perhaps, one day I would be lucky enough to visit them.
However this programme ended up being the most distressing I have ever seen.
Scenes from a zoo somewhere   in Somaliland were shown.
Three days after watching it, I am still having nightmares and panic attacks from what I saw - a mere glimpse was more than enough!
One of the lion cubs was manacled to heavy chains on both front legs. It obviously was unable to move from its position and I have no idea how long it had been like that. I don't know how it managed to eat or perform bodily functions. The cruelty towards this animal shocked and appalled me.
I feel I cannot leave the plight of this animal to its fate, (and any others who also might be in the same situation), without at least trying to get someone to investigate this dreadful state of affairs.
Is there anything that can be done to help these poor creatures?
I read some articles in previous issues of your newspaper, telling about a lion which killed a woman. So in a way, I suppose it could be argued that some people believe that the way to punish a lion would be to imprison another lion. But this is totally incorrect.
  Why are your wild animals treated in this way?
A zoo is a place for people to come and see and appreciate the beauty of nature, not to display such unnecessary and evil cruelty.
If lions are feared then surely people should find ways to protect themselves and their domestic livestock from the natural instincts and behavior of these wonderful creatures.
It would be far better to construct a fence to keep wild animals out, rather than to lock the poor animals to a metal chain.
Is there anyone in Somaliland who is responsible for the comfort and happiness of animals, who would be willing to change this?
The level of civilization of a nation is judged not by its material wealth, but by the way it treats its senior citizens and its animals.
I look forward to a positive response to my letter of great concern.
Yours faithfully,
Ms V Watson



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