Target: Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa
Goal: Outlaw killing lions for profit.
Lions are being killed at alarming rates in South Africa. If something is not done soon, many more innocent animals will die.
Approximately 1,000 lions are bred on South African farms each year to be used as tourist attractions and later killed. People pay to pet lion cubs and are even encouraged to walk around in the same areas that large lions roam. When the lions become adults they are oftentimes hunted and shipped to Asia where they are used for medicinal purposes.
Many farm owners claim that breeding lions to hunt is helpful to preserving lions in the wild, as they insist more people will hunt lions in captivity than they will lions that are running free. However, while there was once over 200,000 lions walking among the land, there are currently less than 30,000 left. Many of these lions were illegally killed, making farm owners’ reasoning for breeding them nothing more than a lame excuse.
Sign this petition and demand these lion farms be immediately shutdown. No innocent animal deserves to be bred only to later be purposely killed in cold blood.
Dear President Zuma,
Around 1,000 lions are bred and killed in your country each year. Innocent animals will continue to suffer if this situation does not immediately change.
Allowing people to pet lion cubs and walk around with adult lions is not safe since lions—like all other wild animals—react to things by means of their natural instincts. Being bred in captivity does not change this fact, as lions are wild by nature and cannot be trained to act like domesticated animals. Just recently a woman was mauled by a lion while taking pictures. She died shortly afterwards. In reference, by allowing people to pet and walk around with lions, you are putting them at serious risk.
In addition, breeding lions to hunt does not make it so less lions are hunted in the wild. Although there were once 200,000 lions that roamed the earth, there are now less than 30,000 left. Since many of these lions were illegally hunted, saying that hunting lions on farms is helpful to wild lions is disgustingly faulty logic. Furthermore, since lion parts used in natural medicine have not been proven to cure any ailments, these animals are being killed for invalid reasons.
I therefore encourage you to support shutting down all lion farms located in South Africa. Breeding animals solely for the purpose of later killing them is simply inhumane and is more so 100 percent unacceptable.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Benh LIEU SONG