A young lion kept in a narrow glass box to amuse cafe customers has caused social media outrage with viewers calling the action animal cruelty. Experts contend holding the lion in a confined space causes unnecessary stress and suffering.
According to the Mirror, the cafe, called Mevzoo located in Istanbul, Turkey, has other animals including horses, birds, rabbits, flamingos and a crocodile and represents itself as being an animal rehabilitation center. Video appearing on Instagram showed the big cat pacing back and forth in a space barely wider than the lion himself. The lion followed a little girl on the other side of the glass as the child walked up and down. In another video, the cat followed a man walking by.
More than 2,700 people have signed a petition against the cafe keeping the animals so confined. One report stated customers could feed the lion through a small hole in the window.
“Is this a joke?,” one viewer asked. “What is called humanity is maybe not a good word as we think.”
The Mevzoo keeps most of the animals in cages under the cafe in a “zoo” registered with the Turkish Ministry of Forestry. During an investigation, however this week, it has been reported the owner of the cafe was ordered to dismantle the glass cage within three months. Let’s see if it happens. Shame on this cafe.
(Photos via Instagram)
One of the videos showing the lion following a little girl can be viewed here.
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