CITES trade figures of all South African captive-bred lion exports between 2007-2012
– THE VAST MAJORITY OF LION EXPORTS WERE HUNTING TROPHIES!
– An increasing number of LION BONES are being exported. 846 kilograms of lion bones were exported in 2012!
– WHERE DID THE LIVE LIONS GO?
* 51 were exported as “PERSONAL”.
49 of those went to the UAE. One can only assume they were for private pets.
* 130 went to CIRCUSES
* 420 went to ZOOS.
Of those: 97 went to Thailand
14 went to Vietnam
16 went to China
29 went to Myanmar.
Almost 40% of the lions exported to zoos went to these 4 countries. These are countries that have extremely lax regulations and animal welfare concerns. They are also countries were animals can easily end up in the Asian medicine market for the lion bone trade.
SO even the majority of the live lion exports are not ending up in good places!
Please note this data was obtained from the CITES trade database. It is only for CAPTIVE-BRED LIONS from SOUTH AFRICA. And it is only for the time period 2007-2012.