Stop Allowing Tourists to Pet Lions

Lion Cub Steve Garvie

Target: Scott Simpson, Assistant Operations Manager at Lion & Safari Park

Goal: Have Lion & Safari Park keep its promise to end cruel human-cub interactions.

Lion & Safari Park in South Africa made an announcement that it would no longer let tourists pet lion cubs after a tourist was killed by a lion in the park last year. Unfortunately, the park has turned back to its old ways and is allowing tourists to pet cubs again.

Cubs used for tourist visits are typically taken away from their mothers at very young ages. This affects the cubs physically and mentally. In addition, these cubs who are trained to feel safe around humans are shipped off to facilities where people can shoot them when they grow older.

The park stated that it was “not competing on a level playing field and unless [its] competitors also stop the cub interaction…the survival of the business will be at stake.”

Sign this petition and demand Lion & Safari Park end the cub interactions again. The welfare of these animals is much more important than money.


Dear Mr. Simpson,

After a tourist was killed in 2015, Lion & Safari Park made a promise that it would no longer offer cub interactions with the public. However, you have broken that promise and have began cub interactions again due to greed.

Lions are smart, social and unique creatures that belong in the wild, not with humans. Taking these cubs away from their mothers is physically and mentally damaging to both the mother and the cub. In this day and age, people should be fully appreciating the world how it naturally is and fighting to protect it.

Please consider ending cub interactions again. There are many tourists who are looking to have a cruelty-free vacation and your company will stand out from the competition.


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Photo credit: Steve Garvie

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  1. SEE the film (on Netflix or Amazon video) “Blood Lions”…..which tells the truth about “canned hunting” of lions which is a huge money maker in S. Africa…..

    The very cubs that tourists are allowed to “pet” and cuddle with, grow up to be adult lions that are then KILLED by “hunters” who pay a very large price to KILL a CAGED LION or other animal……

    Canned hunting is also carried on in Arizona…..

    THAT needs to be banned, and is more important than the cubs being petted by tourists.

  2. Start posting how it’s not rite to the animals on his,their, websites.

  3. This is what canned hunting is all about.
    These bastards rip the cubs away from their mothers and employ unwitting youngsters from all over the world to come and hand rear them.
    Then when the cubs are older they’re let loose in a fenced off compound where other mindless, egoistic POSs shoot them for ‘sport’.

  4. Linda Barnett says:

    Any interaction with any wild animal is unacceptable. Put a stop to this immediately. It is bad enough that these WILD creatures are born into a safari park, but it is quite another for them to be subjected to being handled by man. It is an unnatural practice and must be halted without delay. ALL wildlife must be respected and shown some dignity.

  5. Lisa Allred Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️?

  6. Yolanda Bernhard says:

    I want to make canned hunting with the babies and children of this accursed animal breeders. immediately after birth and take without mother a few months let live and then … BANG … then the head to the wall hanging !!!
    even adults give a trophy on the wall

    What about that ???

  7. The lives & families of these magnificent animals MUST NOT be disturbed — A habitat in the wild, benefiting the lions in every respect, can be implemented — tourists can then be guided via vehicle to observe these beautiful lions — when you make this a win-win for all parties, including, AND especially, the animals, you can NOT go wrong — REMEMBER, place the well-being of these lions FIRST on your agenda.

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