As we were working on our planning phases for the Lion Awareness Campaign we came across a few disturbing things via the social media. What shocked us was that we saw yet ANOTHER ‘Predator rehab centre’ open doors in South Africa. Although your first reaction could be, ahhhh wow that’s great, our duty and promise to you is to make you more aware of what is truly happening in South Africa…………….. (we have been there, learnt the hard way and dedicated out lives to teaching others the correct ways)
Define the word ‘rehabilitation’?
Does it not mean helping something to get back on its feet and the let them go? This is what they do with people is it not? You have a problem with something and then go into a rehab centre to get better and then depart. We have never heard where you stay forever! So why do so many places call themselves rehab centres when they don’t release? And if they claim to ‘release’, where would you ever release a hand raised Lion or Tiger for that matter?
What would make one think that a Local person living in rural Africa would allow a company or person to ‘release’ a human friendly Lion back into the wild?
What really happens to these animals that are bred or in ‘rehab’?
In the early 90’s South Africa had only but a few breeding centres and rehab places. Currently speaking there is over 200 breeding and rehab places and sanctuaries. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?
Where can one release a hand raised animal back into the wild in South Africa? An area that is not fenced off. If a few handful of the these places in Africa is there to use these species as Ambassadors then great, but what are Zoo’s for then? An ambassador is supposed to educate people regarding the species and general information regarding the wild species. So why are their numbers decreasing faster than before?
We leave you with our final few questions.
The market for Lion Consumption by humans has increased drastically over the last few years where they are consumed for their meat, bones, paws, claws, skins and their private areas. This market developed more and more with regards to effecting Lions due to the fact that Tigers are almost extinct and protected, so thus the consumers move on to the next best thing.
Where do YOU think these animals are bred? Where do the consumers receive these products for human ingestion? Who keeps the supply and demand high? Who supplies this market? Who takes care of the cubs when they are still young? Where do the funds come from to support this?
Do you know that you can SHOOT or HUNT a Lion via SKYPE????????????????????
Please keep in mind that not EVERY place is like this but that’s why man invented Google and the internet, for you to find out more about places before going there!!!
These are only but a few thoughts we would like to leave you with before the campaign for Lions begin. We truly have to make 2013 the year of the Lion and carry on fighting together for their survival as a species.