A new book called Unfair Game: An Exposé Of South Africa’s Captive-Bred Lion Industry and the short video “Warning” by Lord Ashcroft, a businessman and a philanthropist, revealed the horrific truth of the breeding facilities of lions in Africa.
According to his reports the numbers of lion breeds and those held in captivity for the purpose of being hunted by wealthy people is around 12.000, this 4 times more than the number of lions who live in the wild.
“It is no exaggeration to say that the abuse of lions in South Africa has become an industry,” he shared with the Daily Mail.
“Thousands are bred on farms every year; they are torn away from their mothers when they are just days old, used as pawns in the tourist sector and then either killed in a ‘hunt’ or simply slaughtered for their bones and other body parts, which are very valuable in Asia’s so-called medicine market.”
The conditions that these amazing creatures live and kept are simply inhumane, the places are cramped and filthy and they are drugged often.
“This sinister system has sprouted up in plain sight in South Africa, inflicting misery on this most noble of beasts on an unimaginable scale,” he continued.
“My research suggests it is highly likely that there are now at least 12,000 captive-bred lions in the country, against a wild population of just 3,000. Yet, strikingly, just a small number of people – a few hundred – profit from this abusive set-up. Thanks to South Africa’s constitution and laws, they seem able to operate as they wish.”
The revelations that he did came to light after two undercover operations, Operation Chastise and Operation Simba there they discovered evidence of lions that are in captivity, and later they are killed by an illegal pack of dogs.
The lion’s bones are sold later for thousands of pounds to Far East people since they believe the bones have aphrodisiac powers and are also used as medicine.
According to Lord Ashcroft the South African building trade is in close connection with its public health system which is in crisis.
He wrote the book with the purpose that this terrible breeding practice of lions will come to an end, he wants everyone to know what is going on.
“Lion farming shames South Africa, a country that I have loved visiting for many years. It’s time to recognise that it is a cruel and barbaric industry which has no place in the 21st century,” he said.
We hope these terrible things will come to an end soon.