The Cruelty of the Tourist Trade

We are World Animal Protection. We were known as WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals)

At just a few weeks old, lion cubs begin to be handled by tourists, causing them chronic stress and even injury.


A short life of abuse and then killed  

Do you remember Cecil, the beloved lion who was illegally lured from a Zimbabwe park and painfully killed with a bow and arrow last summer? Unfortunately, despite the public outrage of this sad and very unnecessary death, thousands of other lions continue to suffer at the hands of the tourism industry today.

World Animal Protection has investigated the lives of captive lions in Africa and were appalled by what we found. We are desperately trying to help these lions, but they need your help too.

What We Found

Lion cubs bred in captivity are ripped from their mothers at less than a month old. At just a few weeks old, cubs will begin to be handled by tourists for pictures, often roughly, causing them chronic stress and sometimes injury. Any aggressive behavior they display is punished using fear and pain. Tourists are even instructed to hit the lions if they act unruly. When they are not being handled, they are kept in small concrete enclosures and fed inadequately.

A group of lions in a facility in South Africa. These lions will likely be euthanized or sold for canned hunting.

As the cubs grow into lions, they will become too dangerous for these tourist parks. No longer profitable as toys for tourists, the lions might be euthanized or sold to farms for “canned hunting.” Canned hunting uses whatever means necessary to ensure a kill, including drugging the lions or luring them with meat. The area is enclosed so the lions cannot escape. They do not stand a chance at survival.

Cecil’s death does not have to be in vain. Your donation could support our Wildlife. Not Entertainers initiative to protect lions and other suffering animals around the world.

Please donate today to help these captured lions and so many other animals that need your help.

Thank you,

Priscilla Ma
U.S. Executive Director
World Animal Protection

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