CAPTIVE LION BREEDING
What's happening in South Africa?
There are around 200 captive breeding facilities in South Africa that hold approximately 6,000 captive bred lions. None of these lions will ever be released into the wild, they will be sold to canned hunting facilities or at least the ‘middle men’ and their bones will be sold to Asian markets for use in medicine and wine.
These lion parks offer tourists and volunteers the chance of a lifetime; to cuddle 3 week old lion cubs all in the name of conservation.
The cycle of a captive bred lion’s life begins with being taken from its mother at around 2 weeks old to be raised by volunteers.
Tourists and volunteers are often told the cubs are orphans and will eventually be released into the wild, but this is completely untrue. This has never happened and probably never will. The lionesses are forced into constant breeding so that tourists pay to cuddle cubs and once they’re too big, they’re trained to go on ‘lion walks’.
Tourists and volunteers venture into the bush and once the lions become too big for lion walks, they are sold.
The lions are released into fenced enclosures and are so used to humans by the time they are sold that they are not afraid when confronted with a jeep full of tourists holding expensive bows and guns.
Once the helpless lion is killed, the completely unskilled hunter pays to take the trophy home. The bones of the lions are often too sold, to be used for medicine and wine in the Asian markets.
These poor lions, the ‘King of the Jungle’ no less, are being reduced to money making schemes for people with absolutely no morals or ethics and who certainly have no clue about the true meaning of conservation.
The lions make money from the second they are born to the second they are shipped and ready to hang on the wall.