Raging-hungry emaciated lions escape from farm breeding them to be shot by trophy hunters in South Africa

Raging-hungry emaciated lions escape from farm breeding them to be shot by trophy hunters in South Africa

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EMACIATED broke free from cages at a game reserve which breeds animals to be shot by wealthy trophy hunters.

Cops took two days to track and capture seven big cats – five males and two females – after they were spotted scouring for food in local villages.

They say they had earlier escaped from Ingogo Safaris park in Limpopo province, , where more than 70 big cats – including tigers – were held captive.

The country’s leading organisation confirmed it was currently bringing charges against the park’s owner Walter Slippers.

He has repeatedly been investigated over allegations he keeps the animals in squalid conditions.

Slippers reportedly has 72 lions on his farm where he is said to feed them a giraffe every two to three weeks.

The shocking case highlights a lack of monitoring of the highly-controversial captive lion industry, say campaigners.

Douglas Wolhuter, from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA), said Slippers should never have been given a permit to keep big cats in the first place.

“Not only was the fencing wholly inadequate but the welfare of these animals has consistently been compromised,” he said.

NSPCA officials carried out an inspection at the properties just last month where Wolhuter said they found “deplorable conditions” and “underweight lions” in “unhygienic and small enclosures”.

On Facebook Slippers denied there was any truth in the reports.

The park breeds big cats to be shot by trophy hunters – Credit: Facebook
The park in South Africa is home to dozens of big cats – Credit: Facebook
Tourists pay vast amounts of money to shoot the animals dead (stock) – Credit: Four Paws

“The media will say any thing to sell a story, there is no truth in this,” he wrote. “Lions are back in their camp and safe.”

Animal welfare group, Four Paws, is one of the organisations working to put an end to the captive lion industry.

They even have their own sanctuary called Lions Rock which is dedicated to rescuing abused lions and other big cats.

There are around 260 farms across South Africa that breed lions purely to satisfy the desires of wealthy hunters.

And every year, thousands of tourists travel to the region just to kill exotic animals and take home their carcass as a trophy.

Lead Image Source: An emaciated lion with with jutting ribs seen at Ingogo Safaris park – Credit: Facebook. This article was first published by The Sun on 15 May 2020.


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Irene Leggett
Irene Leggett

Lets hope this disgusting, sickening place gets shut down permanently and all the other ‘breeding farms’ as well. This is nothing but murder at a ‘legal’ level and shame on the government that allow this blatant atrocity to happen day after day. TOURISTS, boycott this god-forsaken country, do YOU really want to see magnificent animals slaughtered by gun-toting, trigger-happy morons and mutilated, rotting, putrid animal carcasses left to feed the vultures???? NO, then spend your hard-earned money in a better place, not an animal-murdering nation.

Doneraile
Doneraile

We can only hope Walter Slippers is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

There is something beyond seriously wrong with any so called human who finds joy in the taking of another life,.

Janet Kenedy

IF ONLY THERE WERE SILENT DRONES THAT WOULD SNEAK UP AND DO THE SAME TO ALL TROPHY HUNTERS, AND THE OWNERS!!!!!!.