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Lebanese Activists Fight to Curb Animal Trafficking, Abuse

Lebanon's animal rights activists are fighting to bring to national attention what they say are rampant trafficking and abuse, problems that are far from priorities in a country plagued with turbulence.
 While there are no official studies, activists estimate thousands -- if not tens of thousands -- of animals are smuggled into Lebanon annually, where they are sold, transferred to other destinations or subject to neglect or abuse.
 "The situation is alarming," said Sevine Zahran of Lebanese non-governmental organization Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (BETA).
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