THE FACTS …
… about the Captive Breeding of Big Cats
South Africa currently has approximately three times more lions in captivity than in the wild. It is estimated that there are anywhere between 8 000 and 12 000 predators, possibly more, being held in small enclosures on what is estimated to be well over 250 captive predator breeding facilitiesacross the country. These animals are exploited at every phase of their life cycle and despite the claims being made by the breeders, this industry has nothing to do with conservation. Thousands of unsuspecting tourists and volunteers visit our country to touch or ‘rehabilitate’ these predators and are unaware that their money contributes to the fraudulent and exploitative use of these animals.
In most instances, these predator facilities are nothing more than commercial operations breeding and exploiting animals for a range of activities, from canned hunting and the bone trade to the extremely lucrative cub petting, ‘walking with lions’ and volunteer activities.
Captive bred lions and other predators in South Africa lead a heart breaking life and the cycle is never ending. This can often be applied to cheetah, leopard and tiger.