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Why are Live Lions Traded?

The top 5 purposes for the legal trade in live lions from South Africa according to the CITES Trade Database are for:
  • Zoos
  • Commercial purposes
  • Breeding in captivity
  • Hunting trophy
  • Circus or travelling exhibition
This means that South Africa’s captive-bred lions go from one commercial breeding farms where their welfare and well-being isn’t prioritised into another with even more miserable captive conditions.