Shocking Discovery Finds 108 Abused Lions Living in Deplorable Conditions in Breeding Farm in South Africa

7The farm owner will be facing disciplinary action

The CEO of SAPA Deon Swart denied the fact that Steinman the owner of the farm in question was a higher member of the organization. He said that Steinman was just a regular member of the organization. Speaking in a press release, he said that the organization would conduct a full enquiry and complete disciplinary action would be taken against Mr. Steinman.

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8Breeders use loopholes in-laws to exploit animals

The SAPA website states various standards to be followed for animal welfare such as “no animal suffers from undue” hunger, thirst, discomfort, disease, or pain.” However, Audrey Delsink says the word “undue” is an escape route or loophole that many breeding farms use when it concerns what defines suffering.

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“‘Undue’ paints a lot of gray in the terminology,” Delsink says. “And it can’t be gray, it has to be black and white. We can’t have any gray areas when it comes to animals and compromising their health and safety.”

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9It is a growing problem

In a documentary that appeared in 2015 titled blood lions, it revealed that almost 8000 predators mostly lions were being held in captivity in breeding facilities throughout South Africa. Today that number is 10,000 says conservation advocate Ian Michler who is also the protagonist and narrator of the documentary.

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10Grown up animals are hunted by trophy hunters in fenced-off enclosures

In the breeding farms, tourists get to play, pet, feed, take selfies and interact with lion cubs all for a fee. When they are grown up and older, they get shot by trophy hunters who are invariably from the United States. Such canned hunts are held in fenced areas from where the lions cannot escape. While trophy hunters keep the heads, the skin and bones are exported to Asia to be turned into traditional medicine. In fact, South Africa sets a quota as to how many animals can be exported in a year legally.

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