Stop the exploitation

Let’s talk lion babies for sale!

And why you should not be supporting volunteer or walk with lion projects!

The King of the Beast is definitely many peoples’ favourite animal and how can one blame them for feeling like this?  Lion cubs are just so endearing and one stand awe inspired at the sight of a fully grown black maned lion.  Seeing two adult males climbing into each other in a territorial fight is downright scary and to this day I can hardly watch this.  My thoughts are always how to patch up the injured one and in most instances in the wild it is not possible or advisable.

We are fortune to have 16 beautiful lions under our care and I absolutely love each and every one of them, but had I know how difficult the road would have been to financially care for these majestic creatures I believe I may just have walked off in a different direction when I was initially approached to help them; or maybe I would have done it all over again who knows?  You can read all about the SanWild lions on our blog.

During the last three months calls from various sources to get help for lions in trouble have been received from all over and emotionally it is quite difficult to decline simply because we are not in a financial position to help these poor unfortunate creatures.

What is evidently clear however is that while more and more privately owned game farms and zoos are permitted to hold and own lions, to start-up volunteering projects or to establish walk with lions projects the more the blatant abuse will continue to escalate out of control.  Major problems arise once the lions grow too big or become dangerous and need to be shipped off elsewhere.  In such instances most of them end up at hunting farms and the vicious cycle of removing predator babies forcefully from their mothers start all over again.  All of this cruelty happens so that people may find themselves entertained at the cost of yet another young life.

To prove to ourselves that our suspicions were warranted we spend a couple of hours doing some internet research and low and behold in a single night we found 48 lion cubs for sale on the internet in South Africa.  We also found 4 Bengal tiger cubs, a black leopard cub and 6 cheetah cubs up for sale.  The selling price of the animals ranged from R2 500 rand for a 2 week old lion cub to R16 000 for the black leopard cub.

“We have some lovely lion cubs for sale to any loving and caring homes
ready to spoil them with much love and care. All my babies are very
friendly and sociable and are current on all shots. They have all their
papers and license. They are home and potty trained. They come from the
family of big cats and from a pure breed. They have been
declawed as well and would be coming with all their toys and feeding
menu .The are still bottle feed with milk until they would get to ten
weeks of age. They are just four weeks old as of now. This is your perfect
opportunity to own a cub”

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Well trained and Raised Babies lion Cub for sale

Posted on: Thursday, 10 May, 2012 14:40
Updated On: Thursday, 10 May, 2012 14:58
Expires On: Monday, 09 July, 2012 14:40
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Well trained and Raised Babies lion Cub for sale   Hey, don’t be afraid of this Little babies, she does not bite or hurt anyone   just the way we have been training her. She is vet checked and AKC Reg. I and   my husband are looking for a good home for her. Email us for more information   if you are interested

 

 

Tamed Bengal cubs’ cheetah tiger and Siberian cubs …

Tamed Bengal cubs cheetah tiger and Siberian cubs available for sale we have tamed and trained
30/05/2012
Eastern Cape

Home raised and trained cheetah cubs available for sale …

We have lovely and adorable males and females cheetah cubs ready for sale to a loving and caring
19/05/2012
East London / Amatola 

We have some lovely cheetah cubs for sale to any loving and caring homes ready to spoil them with much love and care .All our babies are very friendly and sociable and are current on all shots.They have all their papers and license .They are home and potty trained.They come from the family of big cats and a from a pure breed. They would be coming with all their toys and feeding menu .They are still bottle feed with milk until they would get to ten weeks of age. They are just 10 weeks old as of now.This is your perfect opportunity to own a cub Tiger baby. Contact us for more details via email at ( houseofcheetahs@gmail.com )

Enquiries to some of the sellers that were openly offering these wild animal babies in the junk mail or pets for sale sections of various on-line classifieds quickly revealed that not too many of them actually cared if the buyer had permits from the conservation authorities or not.

We placed a call to the National Department of Environmental Affairs and spoke to Sonja Meintjies at the CITES office who undertook to alert Thea Carrol to our concerns, but to date we have had no further feedback from the department.

The last 2-3 years in particular lion cub petting and interaction projects have mushroomed out of control.  South Africa has many volunteering projects where mainly international volunteers are offered the opportunity to interact with and help raise lion, tiger, cheetah and liger (cross between lion and tiger) cubs and other smaller predator kittens for large sums of money.  Foolishly it seems many of these volunteers actually believe that the animals they help raise are returned to the wild which is an obvious and blatant lie.

Also quite disappointing is the local support such breeding and interaction projects receive from our local television programs.  One would presume that while many production crews and producers live in South Africa they will be informed and educated about what happens to wild animals right on their doorsteps!  Obviously this presumption is wrong as it is especially the Afrikaans television programs that continue to take celebrities, performing artists and other people to these places to be filmed for various programs while hugging or interacting with large predator cubs.  It is quite disappointing from an animal welfare perspective and one wonders if writing to the producers of these programs will solicit the same “not even bothered” response one gets from the conservation departments.

From a conservation and animal welfare perspective the South Africa authorities are allowing yet another unethical and inhumane industry to establish itself that will sooner or later bite this country in the butt.  The writing is on the wall and it is necessary for everyone in the country to sit up and take notice as we will eventually reap the disastrous rewards of the seeds we are allowing to be sowed today.

14 responses

  1. I had to stop reading when I saw DECLAWED baby felines.

    June 8, 2012 at 14:34

    • Isabella Ireland

      I agreee. This is vicious.

      August 6, 2012 at 05:37

  2. Glenda James

    Thank you for taking the time to do the research, in order to prove the extent of this sick industry. Totally agree, our celebs are supporting this industry and I’ve tried to contact certain celebs in the past and have a tv series currently in my sights but need to watch the episode first, but have never been afforded replies. Often my postings have been deleted!

    June 8, 2012 at 15:10

  3. gloria sapp

    As we all knew this has and will continue to happen.Its sad and sick to see this. The explotation we see all around the world. The zoos,santuarys etc in the states do exactly the same thing and brag about it It sickens me to see this also happenin in the african countries.in the states more than likely the cats get sold to canned hunters etc for the greed of humans.Most of the human race is just sickening to do this to such beautiful majestic wildlife.We stress in the states lions not pets etc but then they go to be hunted and killed.Why i keep asking. I am notgetting any answers

    June 8, 2012 at 15:46

    • i agree with you as far as people buying and selling cats to private homes only to be caged up in a 4 ft by 9 ft cage it breaks my heart to see this, most of the time the humane society has to step in and remove theses cats. Texas is the worst as far as big cats being exploited. [ don\t think people should be able to buy these , there should be a law to stop this crulelity.

      December 19, 2012 at 23:03

  4. Pat

    THIS IS ABSOLUTED HORRIBLE THAT PEOPLE ARE SO STUPID! THEY REALLY THINK THAT THESE ANIMALS CAN BE THEIR PETS! THEY SHOULD BE CAGED AND SEE HOW IT FEELS! WHY CAN’T THEY SHUT SIGHTS LIKE THIS DOWN!?

    June 9, 2012 at 14:38

  5. vivian boagey

    im once again ashamed of human beings thinking they are the superior species, yet they do this to animals how can they explain the need to do this if they are more intelligent and can reason its not necessary, Animals hunt for their food and only what is needed to feed them whats left over gets eaten by other animals untill there is nothing left, they dont go on a rampage and kill every thing they can, but mankind does they use and abuse everything, one day a child will ask what happened to all the wild animals that lived on earth, will they admit that humans wiped them out by pretending to love them and look after them instead played with them while they were babies and then sold them to be used by another bunch of humans so it goes on and on. When will humans stop raping this earth for pleasure and greed, God will ask us to explain why none of us stopped this madness, and if u dont believe in God and feel they have a right because they are superior life has a way of comming back and biting one on the behind. who knows man in his greed will decide that to much space is taken up the poor and just mow them down saying that in the long run it will be to our advantage. Stop this crazyness this need to have power over animals it like banning the bullterrier but allowing tigers we are a joke.

    July 25, 2012 at 22:36

  6. terry

    Some people arent like this, I live in minnesota on a 80 acre parcel and have 40 acres with a 16 foot fence around it, theres ponds, thick woods and tons of area for my three lions, they eat as much meat as they want and ive loved them ever since they were cubs. Dont get me wrong some people are cruel and have no business owning such an amazing animal, but there is some people who take great care of there animals. I have more space for my lions to roam then any zoos in the state. Lions are great animals theres nothing like wrestling with a 450 pound beast.

    October 26, 2012 at 21:51

  7. Christina M. D-Thoden

    I love them.

    December 5, 2012 at 00:29

  8. renee browne

    i’m crying reading this it is so heart breaking I agree there should be a law against buying big cats although if a zoo is buying them its a different story:(

    May 25, 2013 at 20:13

  9. Where are you guys

    September 21, 2013 at 12:14

  10. Jim

    I wounder how many animals species have been saved through private legitimate breeding conservation efforts that you people just absolutely detest……instead of crying, feeling sorry get out and help many of these people….all you human haters need to be feed to the animals….I think it will work out better for both species……get a life……

    November 17, 2013 at 22:27

    • There is no problem with private, legitimate (and ethical) breeding projects whose main objective is conservation and nobody here has any problem with this. We also do not have a problem with private breeders that sell the surplus animals they have bred for conservation purposes and to expand the natural range of endangered species. What we have a problem with are those individuals who claim to work in the interest of conservation but in reality serve nothing but their own pockets while innocent animals are exploited, abused and treated in a cruel manner to serve the selfish interest of certain individuals. This is unacceptable! And the only person here that should get a life is you as it is obvious you simply do not understand (or care to understand) to true extent of the exploitation of lions in South Africa. Sadly none of these breeding projects serve any conservation purposes whatsoever. And while you claim to be so knowledgeable on this subject we would expect you to understand and acknowledge the exploitation. The fact that you seem to be supporting this practice can only mean you are either stupid or alternatively are involved in one way or another. Oh and by the way we are by no means people haters; we only despise those that underestimate our level of intelligence to think for a moment we see captive lion breeding as a conservation initiative.

      November 18, 2013 at 05:32

      • Saher

        Aman&hark xx

        March 22, 2014 at 12:07

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