Lions: Bred in South Africa For “Canned Hunts” and Bone Trade

Horrific conditions of captive bred lions on a captive lion breeding farm in South Africa. Photos provided to Humane Society International by an anonymous source.

Health Editor’s Note:  More of the underbelly of “big game” hunting and the bone trade…yes the lions are raised then killed and their bones are then sent to Asia so they can be sold for “medicinal properties.” You know the “medicine” that inadequate men think will help them to have sex. Lion bones sold as tiger bones.  The crazy, cruelty and dirty money that only humans can come up with sickens me…….Carol

108 Neglected Lions Found on South African Breeding Farm

By Brigit Katz

Last month, 108 lions were found in deplorable conditions at a farm in South Africa’s North West province, shining a damning light on the country’s captive lion-breeding industry.

According to National Geographic’s Rachel Fobar, the National Council for Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA), which enforces animal welfare in South Africa, was alerted to the situation at Pienika Farm through an anonymous tip. When inspectors arrived at the facility, they were greeted by a horrific scene. The lions had been packed into filthy, overcrowded enclosures, they had not been provided with any water, and 27 of lions were afflicted so badly with mange—a skin disease caused by parasitic mites—that they had lost nearly all their fur. Two cubs at the facility appeared to be suffering from neurological conditions that rendered them unable to walk. One was ultimately euthanized by a veterinarian.

Tigers, leopards and caracals, a mid-size wild cat, were also found at the facility in similarly dire states. Senior inspector Douglas Wolhuter told Naledi Shange of Times Live, a South African publication, that the caracals were so obese that they could not groom themselves.

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  1. If regular animal husbandry practice had been used in the propagation and slaughter of these animals for sale and profit; would it be any different from raising cattle? Kind of brings new meaning to the Meow Tse Tung special on the menu. The Chinese are rightfully castigated for going after endangered species in the wild. But, raising their own? They just need better standards of care. Will the last Rhino please plant your horn in someones you know what.

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