Moment emaciated lions reproduced to be shot by hunters are saved

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    Composition of two photographs showing lions kept in captivity

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    The lions were reproduced for so-called canned searching (Picture: Wild@Life e.V./Jam Press)

    This is the minute 10 lions are saved from a South African farm that offers animals to foreign prize hunters for so-called ‘canned hunts’. 

    Canned searching is when individuals pay to eliminate an animal that is still in captivity. Some prize hunters don’t even leave their vehicles to shoot the threatened animals.

    A German NGO called Wild at Life went to the farm in November in 2015 to save the pride of lions who were kept in ‘a totally secluded and closed shed with no light or grass’. 

    They tranquillised the emaciated lions, put them on a trailer and transferred them to a sanctuary ‘where they will learn to be lions again’.

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    The group took a trip 5,000km in overall and invested about 10 hours eliminating the lions from their ‘horrific’ enclosures. 

    They stated that although they tranquillised the lions, the animals required to be relaxed initially due to the fact that they were so stressed out. 

    The group stated: ‘Thankfully, the lions are now able to reside in the sanctuary surrounded by appropriate trees and a comfy environment however maybe most notably they have the ability to be together.

    ‘A canned hunt is a prize hunt which is not a reasonable chase. It has actually been made too simple for the hunter. 

    Photograph of a lion in a dark enclosure with no grass or light

    Male lions are delegated combat each other so their faces have scars (Picture: Wild@Life e.V./Jam Press)

    Photograph of lions in dark enclosure

    The lions were kept in a shed without any yard or light (Picture: Wild@Life e.V./Jam Press)

    Photograph of darted lion

    This lion was so weak it might hardly base on its feet (Picture: Wild@Life e.V./Jam Press)

    ‘In most cases the lions are kept in small enclosures, are restricted to terrible locations, with restricted or no food, severe tension, no health and veterinary care.

    ‘Animals do not stand any chance. Such facilities even put male lions in small enclosures for them to fight each other, so the lions end up with scars on their faces.’

    There are an approximated 5,000 lions in captivity in South Africa, which is more than double the 2,000 lions that stay in the wild. 

    Canned searching is a fast-growing company in South Africa, with more than 160 farms reproducing countless lions in captivity for rich prize hunters. 

    Photograph of lions with their ribs showing

    The lions were plainly underfed with a number of their ribs revealing (Picture: Wild@Life e.V./Jam Press)

    Photograph of lions in their new sanctuary

    The lions were transferred to a sanctuary where ‘they can learn how to be lions again’ (Picture: Wild@Life e.V./Jam Press)

    Organisations and activists have actually campaigned to prohibit canned searching for several years however the South African federal government has actually not made it prohibited.

    In July 2018, the South African federal government attempted to double its yearly export quota for captive-bred lion skeletons – which are utilized in standard Asian medications – however it was ditched following a global protest. 

    Later that year a parliamentary committee gotten in touch with the Department of Environmental Affairs to make the captive lion reproducing market prohibited. 

    Not just did the federal government disregard this call, however it retrospectively released authorizations to what had actually formerly been prohibited breeding farms. 

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