chimpanzee is heading to a sanctuary in Brazil after animal rights workers
discovered him smoking cigarettes to entertain visitors at a Lebanese zoo.
has never climbed a tree or seen other chimpanzees.
of Omega's evacuation say it marks the first time a chimpanzee has been
rescued in Lebanon, a country with virtually no animal rights protection
In his younger years, Omega was used in one of the local restaurants to
entertain people and was made to smoke cigarettes and serve water pipes
After he grew stronger, he was locked up and taken to a zoo where for the
past ten years he has lived in a small cage.
and other highly endangered wildlife are regularly smuggled to the Middle
East to be displayed in private zoos, hotels and for the pet trade.
Dusk 'til Dawn
An Insider's View of the Growth of the Animal Liberation Movement