There are 8 000 – 12 000 captive lions in South Africa that are often kept in small enclosures. This is a stark contrast to the only 3 000 wild lions left in South Africa roaming large areas.
Having this many lions in confined spaces creates a breeding ground for zoonotic diseases, some of which are potentially harmful to humans.
In order to curb the risk, the captive lion breeding industry needs to be phased out.
Stop the interactions. Stop the trade.