Wild animals are being used as medicine, entertainment and pets – and suffering in their millions. Together we can create big change for these animals by making small promises around the world right now
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We estimate there are at least 12,000 lions held captive at facilities in South Africa.
In stark contrast, there are only about 3,000 in the wild.
Captive big cats in South Africa face a miserable life cycle. Many are taken away from their mothers hours after birth.
In the lion cub's first three months of life, while they're small and easy enough to manage, tourists can pay to come and pet them. Many of these animals then go back into the breeding cycle, and others are used for trophy hunting.
Finally, some of the lions are killed and their body parts are shipped to Asia to be used in traditional medicine.
Help end this cruelty. Commit to avoiding cruel attractions and not buying traditional medicine products that use wild animals.
More than 1.5 million live animals were exported out of Africa for the pet trade between 2011 and 2015.
It's not just Africa's characteristic 'big five' that are being exploited. The 'little five' – the ball python, African grey parrot, emperor scorpion, leopard tortoise and Savannah monitor lizard – are suffering for the cruel exotic pet and traditional medicine trades too.
On World Wildlife Day (March 3), we gathered hundreds of people in Nairobi, Kenya, to call out cruelty and encourage the world to make the world a better place for wild animals.