Shocking Discovery Finds 108 Abused Lions Living in Deplorable Conditions in Breeding Farm in South Africa
Call it shocking, deplorable, horrible or what you will, but humans have a habit of being capable of not being human at all. In an outrageous discovery of animal cruelty initiated by humans of course animal activists (thank goodness for them) found no less than 108 lions suffering mange, disease and neurological problems living in captivity and starving at a breeding farm in South Africa. The shocking discovery was reported in detail on National Geographic in May 2019 and what’s ironic about the incident is that the owner of the farm called Pienika turned out to be a member of a humane lion care organization. What a hypocrite.
1One of the most shocking cases of animal cruelty
The person who inspected the farm was Douglas Wolhuter, the manager of the NSPCA wildlife protection unit in charge of inspecting such cases. Finding it one of the most shocking cases of animal neglect seen in recent years, he and the unit found more than 100 lions as well as other lions living in the most deplorable conditions on the farm.
2Animals were found in deplorable conditions
The unit called it one of the worst cases of animal neglect they have ever seen till date. The animals were found diseased, hungry, overcrowded and almost in near-death conditions where their health was concerned. Pieneka farm is a breeding facility located in South Africa’s Northwest Province.
3The Activists were tipped off by anonymous persons
The animal activist unit was tipped off by an anonymous person who had first reported the situation to a journalist who again contacted the NSPCA. The animal governing body is also responsible for enforcing South African animal welfare legislation.
When the NSPCA inspectors led by Douglas Wolhuter reached the farm, they were at a loss for words. They just couldn’t believe what they were witnessing. The breeding facility Pienika farm looked like hell for animals. 27 lions were spotted with mange and infected by skin disease that also included parasite mites. On some, the infection was so severe that they had even lost most of their fur.