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The lifecycle of exploitation

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27.7.2021

In South Africa the breeding and commercial trade of big cats, such as lions and tigers, is still happening. That means they are used as pets, for interactions or even exported to Asia where their parts are used to make traditional medicine. Thousands of big cats are held captive under unacceptable conditions while the wild population is in decline. Find more details in our infographics below:

Captive lions are being exploited

Lions especially are a victim of the exploitation of big cats in South Africa. While the cubs are being used for petting and walking opportunities, older lions are being shot for trophies or slaughtered for their bones.

Captive lions are being exploited

The dangers of exploiting animals and people

Walking, petting and other interactions have resulted in numerous attacks by the big cats on the people involved. Even the keepers and owners are not safe. Protect wildlife and people.

The dangers of exploiting animals and people

Big cats are being bred for profit

Big cats are being bread and sold for profit. Around 300 big cats are being breed across South Africa. Lion cubs are being sold for up to R15 000 and tiger cubs go up to R25 000.

Big cats are being bred for profit

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You can help stop the exploitation

By avoiding facilities that allow interaction with big cats you can help stop the exploitation of animals and people.

You can help stop the exploitation

Review of the exploitation of South Africa's captive big cats and its people in our report here!

South Africa exports animal cruelty

Hundreds of live lions as well as hundreds of lion trophies and skeletons are being exported every year. A vast majority comes from captive-bred lions. They are mostly sold to eastern countries or the USA.

South Africa exports animal cruelty

Interacting with big cats in captivity feeds the vicious cycle

One lion kill can be worth up to R896 000. More than 300 breeding farms profit off keeping and breeding big cats in captivity. This will continue if people do not stop visiting facilities that sell interactions with big cats.

Interacting with big cats in captivity feeds the vicious cycle
Lions cubs in transport

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