Half-starved lion cub abandoned in Paris flat finds new home

An emaciated lion cub rescued from a gritty Paris suburb has found a new home in an altogether more appropriate location.

Half-starved lion cub abandoned in Paris flat finds new home
The lion cub was found in an apartment in a suburb of Paris. Photo: Pompiers de Paris/Facebook
It's a long way from the neighbourhood of Noisy-le-Sec in the eastern suburbs of the French capital where King the lion cub was first spotted. His new home is in fact an animal reserve in South Africa. 
King was located at an empty apartment after being abandoned by a man who, according to investigators, hired the creature to show off.
“Today a year old, King spends happy days in a 25,000 hectare reserve in South Africa,” announced the Pompiers de Paris firefighters on Wednesday.

Police began hunting for the cub after noticing selfies on social media of the 24-year-old owner posing with his pet. 
On arriving at an apartment in the northeastern Noisy-le-Sec suburb, the fire service found the abandoned cub “wasting away”.
After being captured with a lasso, during the rescue in October, the startled lion was placed in the care of an animal rights group.
The cub however remains “traumatized by his misadventure”, according to the foundation now looking after him. 
But the good news is he receives daily care and is being helped to slowly acclimatize to his new natural environment.
The Pompiers de Paris warned that wild animals are neither domestic animals nor toys.

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Halal meat sold in France can’t be called organic, EU rules

Halal meat from animals slaughtered by religious ritual without having first been stunned cannot be labelled organic, on animal welfare grounds, a top European Union court ruled Tuesday.

Halal meat sold in France can’t be called organic, EU rules
Photo: AFP

The way the meat is slaughtered “fails to observe the highest animal welfare standards”, said the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

The case came to the court after the OABA, a French association promoting animal welfare in abattoirs, urged the agriculture ministry to ban the labelling of such meat as organic.

French courts initially dismissed the OABA's case before passing it up to the CJEU for a definitive ruling.

“The Court recalls that scientific studies have shown that pre-stunning is the technique that compromises animal welfare the least at the time of killing,” said an CJEU statement Tuesday.

Producers have to meet the highest animal welfare standards to qualify for the EU's organic label, the court noted.

So while the ritual slaughter of animals was allowed on grounds of religious freedom, if they were not first stunned then that did not meet the highest animal welfare standards.

The meat from such animals could not then qualify as organic.

The case will now go back to the Court of Appeal in Versailles, France, for a definitive ruling. 

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