Save our lions
Cuddling a lion cub sounds like a wonderful experience but did you know that this activity can undermine conservation efforts and could contribute to the decimation of the lion population?
Fiona Miles, country director at FOUR PAWS South Africa highlights that true animal lovers should give this disturbing industry a skip.
- Facilities that offer cub petting claim that their cubs were orphaned or even abandoned, however this is not true as cubs are bred on demand in captivity
- There are between 8,000 and 10,000 lions living in captivity
- Petting cubs has a negative impact on their health
- Cub petting feeds the lion trade and about 600 to 700 captive lions are killed in trophy hunts each year
- South Africa is the largest legal exporter of lion bones and skeletons for use in Southeast Asia
· Cub petting farms are not sanctuaries and reintroductions of captive-bred and hand-reared lions are virtually impossible to achieve.