Big cats in South Africa – Bred for death

Report: Together for the animals

A new surveillance video that was leaked to “Four Paws” shows the true extent of the horrific big cat breeding in South Africa.
The images show countless of these sensitive animals in completely overcrowded and dirty cages and enclosures.

Experts assume that around 12,000 lions and an unreported number of tigers suffer this fate in South Africa.
And they were born just to die.

The country rose to become today’s largest exporter of big cats and their body parts in the world.
The majority is sold to China, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand.

Not only does the absolutely unspecific breeding of animals cause unspeakable animal suffering, no, it also promotes species extinction and the development of zoonoses.
Quote from Fiona Miles, director of “Four Paws” South Africa:

“The images show that tigers in South Africa are intensively bred for commercial purposes and that enormous animal suffering is caused in the process.”
But unfortunately not just tigers.

All the abused animals have one thing in common: their catastrophic demeanor curtails or eliminates their natural behavior patterns, which leads to suffering among these wonderful creatures.
Fiona Miles continues:

“South Africa has already taken an important step and announced that it will ban the commercial breeding and export of captive lions and their body parts.
But only when these regulations are enshrined in law and strictly implemented can we end lion breeding in captivity and finally break the vicious circle of exploitation. For this it is important that tigers and other big cats are also taken into account. “

Unfortunately, the high level of corruption in this country is also known, so such a ban only makes sense with draconian penalties for offenses and brutal execution.

Breeding big cats is a true vicious circle.
Initially, the animals are exploited for tourist attractions, such as “petting zoos” or “walks” and photos.

Then they are sold to the trophy hunt or sent alive or dismembered into their individual parts to Asia.

Live animals are then abused as birthing machines for breeding until they have had their day and ultimately their bones and innards are also used for traditional Chinese medicine.

From 2011 to 2020 a total of 2,402 lions and 359 tigers were exported alive, mainly to Asia.
The figures do not include the unreported number, which is also highly suspected.

Due to the increasing market and the demand for these fascinating animals and their body parts, poaching is also skyrocketing.

Czech Republic | 2017 | Tiger bones and skin.

The illegal trade in wildlife is now the fourth largest criminal activity, globally.
An end to breeding in South Africa would be a long-awaited blow against this very thing.

We strongly condemn this cruel approach to pain-sensitive living beings.
Nothing entitles people to treat animals of any species in such a disrespectful and barbaric way.

We appeal to the government of South Africa to enshrine the project into law as soon as possible, and to implement and execute it mercilessly, free of exceptions and corruption.
This is the only way to put a stop to the worldwide trade in these cats.

We consider long-term imprisonment for people who then violate the breeding ban and up to life imprisonment for poachers, which must also include trophy hunting, to be quite appropriate.

This is the only way that justice has a chance, because:

And I mean…There are many places around the world where you are allowed to cuddle or take photos with wild animals.
Unsuspecting or disinterested travelers are attracted by advertising.
And the advertising says that it helps the animals when they are in contact with them, even that it contributes to the conservation of the species.

Most of the visitors swallow the advertising uncritically and are unaware of the animal suffering that goes with it.
Some naive visitors are so enthusiastic that they even sign up for volunteers at these places.
The best example of this: the breeding farms in South Africa
They breed lions several times a year and thus regularly supply themselves with puppies.

Most of the time, the lion, tiger and cheetah cubs are shown to the paying public for 8-10 hours a day, seven days a week, so that those interested can play with them, stroke them and cuddle them.
This, of course, brings in a large amount of money for the facility.

Lion cubs that are born on breeding farms and thus in captivity are usually taken away from their mothers within a few days.
This means that the mother becomes fertile again much faster and can give birth to young two or three times a year.
Their fellows in the wild, on the other hand, only give birth once every two or three years!

It goes without saying that it is traumatic for lionesses every time their cubs are taken away from them – not just once, not twice, but again and again.
It is no different with tigers, they share the same fate.

Puppies are a commodity. If they are older than six months, they are too big to cuddle with tourists and volunteers.
Then the tourists and volunteers can take them for walks.
If they are too big and dangerous for that, they are kept and traded as breeding animals.
It is very likely that these animals will then become victims of canned hunting.

This is the life of the big cats on breeding farms.
Born and bred to be a photo prop, to make it a commodity or the target of a shot.

Today we still live in the greatest apartheid system of all time: Everything for the well-being of the people and everything for the exploitation of animals.

My best regards to all, Venus

One thought on “Big cats in South Africa – Bred for death”

  1. This treatment must end. The legislation proposed is still in debate. The hunting and breeding lobbyist are very well funded.


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