Private big cat ownership is a worldwide issue
Owning an exotic animal has for far too long been seen as a status symbol, or personal possession to enjoy and often keep as a “pet”. In the USA for example, there are great efforts to bring new laws banning the ownership of exotic animals such as big cats. Middle Eastern counties such as Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have long been keen importers and breeders of cheetahs, lions and tigers. With a lack of animal welfare laws in such countries, there is a hastened need for better education and protection for big cats in these countries.
Captured In Africa have also seen a worrying trend of private lodges and nature reserves buying (or loaning from lion breeders) 1 or 2 lions, that they will then use and exploit for tourist activities as cub petting and walking with lions experiences… all of which goes to feed the “farming” industry of these species.
Canned Hunting, behind the charade
In South Africa there are currently approximately 7,000 lions in captivity, bred on mass for the cub petting industry, walking with lion experiences and canned hunting.
Canned Hunting is a commercial industry to which the Captured In Africa team advocate for a ban. It is this industry which has seen an increase in a need for genuine sanctuary homes for lions. Lion cubs hold a particular fascination for tourists and volunteers, who pay good money to pet, play, walk and care for them under the assumption that it is part of conservation efforts for lions or other big cats. In fact, what tourists and volunteers are really doing is taming these lions ready for a trophy collector in what is known as a captive lion hunt, aka canned hunting.
Captured In Africa advise against all petting and walking with lion, tiger or cheetah experiences available to tourists and volunteers.
The Captured In Africa Foundation oversees all relocations & rescues from beginning to completion.