We survived South Africa’s killing fields…
South Africa has become a very dangerous place for lions unfortunately. Approximately 8000 of these majestic cats continue to be bred out like broiler chickens or cattle in a feeding lot to provide hunting trophies for a highly unethical and cruel market. The animals in these captive breeding projects live a horrible life until the day a hunter’s bullets smash into their bodies and they die an excruciating and painful death.
There are evil people that choose to inflict as much pain as possible and enjoy killing animals that have learned to trust man – like the unfortunate tame lioness butchered in a small camp by cowards with a bow and arrow.
(Note the YouTube links do contain Graphic content and may be upsetting to viewers)More than 1000 captive, hand-reared lions are shot annually in so called ‘canned hunts’. A new documentary called Blood Lions tells the story of what’s happening in the breeding grounds. Ian Michler, a conservationist and investigative journalist who features in the documentary, joins James Carleton on RN Breakfast. http://www.bloodlions.org
However the worst practice of this horrid industry is the forceful removal of day old cubs from their mothers. These small cubs are hand-reared and used as toys to be played with at will by so-called volunteers of which some may believe they are playing a role in the conservation of lions, but most actually do not care to contribute towards the physical and emotional cruelty that lions have to endure for mankind’s greed and selfish nature. They just want their selfies with lion cubs and demand the daily interaction that results in unimaginable cruelty emotionally and physically to the lions themselves.
Just as you though it could not get any worse; it does. Unwanted and older lions that are no longer breeding or do not make suitable hunting trophies are summarily shot or euthanized and their bones are sold to Vietnam and China for the manufacture of lion-bone wine that has become a substitute for tiger-bone wine.
Lion bone trade fuels breeding business in Africa
There have many media articles and television programs recently that continue to expose this terrible industry, but only 3 bona-fide lion sanctuaries in South Africa that care for a handful of lions rescued or confiscated from the captive lion breeding and hunting industry.
The SanWild Lion Sanctuary is one such facility and we have been caring at great expense for a group of lions that were confiscated by the authorities from illegal breeding projects and illegal hunts in 2003.
They are indeed very fortunate to have survived the Lion Killing Fields of South Africa.
Since then the rescued lions have lived a happy and peaceful life in their respective prides in large natural habitat enclosures in the SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary. They are not exhibited to the public, neither are they expected to earn their keep in any way. They laze away their days surrounded by those they love and the many other wild animals that visit their enclosures from time to time; including elephants, hippos giraffes and many other rescued animals living wild and free. Under the circumstances they are happy well-adjusted lions that are safe from mankind’s cruelty and greed.
Providing for these lions however is a very expensive exercise and raising sufficient funding to provide good quality food and veterinary care from time to time becomes extremely difficult at times and it is only with the help and love of the public that we can continue to ensure they have the best life possible.
SanWild only appeals to the public for funding if we are in desperate need of financial help and all the funding raised is allocated to the cause for which it is raised and directly benefit the animals we so deeply care for.
Now is such a time and we will be most grateful for your urgent financial support. Besides the veterinary care and lion feeding, SanWild also needs to pay for an Anti Poaching unit, because lions are one of the high risk animals on the Reserve. Urgent action and help is needed and we will be most grateful for your financial support and donations.
Please donate to help us to continue to care for these very lucky animals that have managed to escape certain death on the Lion Killing Fields in South Africa.
If you like to find out more about how the lions came to be at SanWild please click here or on the icon below to view the lions in our Facebook Gallery.