Protect lions by ending the global wildlife trade
The fate of thousands of lions bred for their body parts in South Africa is truly horrific.
These iconic wild animals are forced to endure a lifetime of suffering in confinement. Typically, lion cubs are:
- Stolen from their mothers within days of birth
- Forced to live in tiny, cramped cages
- Very often inbred, starved and diseased
All until it’s time for them to be killed for their bones, which are shipped abroad for use in traditional medicine in Asia.
Sadly, this isn’t the only way lions are being exploited for profit. They are also bred for tourist interactions such as petting and “walk-with” experiences, and for canned hunting. They live lives of complete misery in unnatural conditions, until they cruelly meet their end. In 2019, there were nearly 8,000 lions in captivity in South Africa.
Lions aren’t the only big cats facing this kind of abuse. Tigers are also being bred and killed for their parts and jaguars are poached from the wild for similar reasons. The only way to ensure their protection is to end the global wildlife trade now.
Love wildlife. End the wildlife trade.
Lions, other big cats, and millions of wild animals like them are victims of the global wildlife trade, which treats them as commodities rather than sentient beings.
Every day, thousands of wild animals are poached, farmed or sold into the global multi-billion dollar trade – for food, pets, traditional medicine and entertainment.
Horrific conditions cause unimaginable suffering for every single animal involved. They also create a hotbed of zoonotic disease, leading to outbreaks like SARS and now COVID-19.
Right now, the lion bone trade is temporarily on hold because of legal reasons and COVID-19. With your help, we can keep it that way and spare any more lions this terrible fate.