Over the years, the NSPCA has raised opposition to the captive lion industry in its entirety. There has been focused attention to addressing the serious animal welfare concerns associated with lions in captivity and the cruelty associated within the industry.
Recently there has been movement in the Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment (DFFE), when Minister Barbara Creecy accepted the recommendations made by her High-Level Panel, which the NSPCA was an active stakeholder, to put an end to lion interactions and captive lion facilities. This is a significant step in the right direction to bring an end to irresponsible, inhumane, and unsustainable practices in the captive lion industry. However, there is still a long process ahead and it may be very long time before we see an end to this cruel industry.
Although there is light at the end of the tunnel many lions in captivity are still being denied the right to their five freedoms:
- FREEDOM from thirst, hunger and malnutrition
- FREEDOM from discomfort
- FREEDOM from pain, injury and disease
- FREEDOM to express normal behaviour
- FREEDOM from fear and distress
While we await new legislation/regulations to be passed, our Inspectors will continue to conduct inspections and gather much-needed information to bring an end to the suffering of these majestic creatures.
YOU can help our lions by supporting the work our Inspectors do in seeking justice for animals who are often forced to endure cruelty. Lions need our intervention and protection!
Help turn their whisper into a roar by donating towards the inspections and cruelty case fees in respect of the lions that are subjected to suffering and cruelty or start your own fundraising project to spread the word to your friends, family, colleagues and network. It's quick and easy!
Our country's lions need YOU to stand up for them!
Please note: All donations made are tax-deductible. The use of the NSPCA logo without permission is strictly forbidden (there are legal repercussions involved) and may not be used as a way to raise funds without our permission. Please contact us for any queries: www.nspca.co.za