South Africa has announced plans to ban breeding of captive lions for hunting. New policy will end legal lion bone trade & tourist experiences like petting cubs, which are destined to be sold to slaughter-houses or shot by hunters once they become too big to be handled. Almost 15,000 lions are held on 300 commercial farms in South Africa. The only country that allows large-scale lion-breeding with animals kept in fenced enclosures. Thousands of farmed lions born into a life of misery in cruel commercial breeding facilities will get a new life. Lions in captivity for trophy hunting or for tourists to pet will be released in the wild, a more authentic experience for visitors.
A big win for big cats, conservation & wildlife! This will ensure lions remain where they belong – in the wild.