Our research team found that not one single study focused specifically on the welfare of lions housed on commercial facilities in South Africa (or elsewhere).
In our recently published peer-reviewed welfare paper, a host of scientific research was reviewed that focused on captive lions in zoos, wildlife parks and sanctuaries across the globe.
The emphasis in the commercial predator industry is on intensive breeding practices that are consumer-driven and income-generation focused and generally don’t adequately address animal welfare and well-being. Hence, this is where lions are likely to face far greater welfare challenges.
This is a major research gap that needs to be addressed urgently.
It’s time for South Africa to #CancelCaptivity.