Lion farming

REVEALED: The full horrors of “Lion Farming” in South Africa

Lord Ashcroft commissioned a year-long undercover operation involving ex Special Forces and security operatives to reveal the full horrors and illegal activities relating to captive-lion breeding. As part of his investigation, he twice visited South Africa to conduct interviews and to fly over some of the main breeding farms in a helicopter.
South Africa is the only country in the world to permit large-scale, captive-lion farming and also to permit the export of lion bones, mainly to the Asian market. There are currently an estimated 12,000 captive lions in South Africa, nearly four times the number of wild lions in the country. The vast majority of these lions are killed either for their bones or by trophy hunters, many of whom pay thousands of pounds to shoot the animals in “canned” hunts, where the captive-bred lions have little or no chance of escape. Lion bones, when made into cake, wine and other produce, are (wrongly) thought to have medicinal qualities, including improved virility.

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