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Thousands of people at risk of infection

The commercial captive breeding industry in South Africa puts thousands of people at risk of infection with potential zoonotic diseases.

This risk is exacerbated by:

  1. Poor welfare conditions in the commercial lion breeding industry resulting in sickly lions with compromised immune systems;
  2. High levels of stress experienced by wildlife in captivity – both points create the perfect conditions for a zoonotic disease spillover; and
  3. Constant interactions between humans and wildlife – the perfect storm for an infected animal to pass on a zoonotic disease to humans.

Stop the interactions. Stop the trade.

To learn more about the recent study published by Blood Lions and World Animal Protection, read the campaign document.