After the release of Lion King, many people were inspired by the little Simba in the film.
Many people said after watching the movie that they really want to raise lions.
Actually, there are a lot of people who want to raise lions, and some of them have put them into practice. Alexandra Lamontagne, a Canadian girl, is one of them.
A few years ago, she took a vacation to South Africa to take part in a volunteer project to take care of the lion cubs. But as she got to know more about it, she found that raising lions was not as good as she had imagined. The terrible trade behind it made her shudder.
Unexpectedly, in the real world, the fate of many lions is unfortunately said by it...
When she went to South Africa to take care of the baby lion, the truth she found made her sleeping and eating difficult.
Alexandra is from Quebec, Canada. A few years ago, she decided to volunteer on vacation to take care of wildlife.
Raising lions left Alexandra with good memories, but when she returned home from her volunteer activities, she discovered the cruel truth that the five lions she helped take care of, including Serabie, would be sent to the trapped hunting reserve.
Alexandra has never heard of Canned Hunting.
The so-called trap hunting is to put wild animals in a closed place where they can not escape or hide for hunters to hunt.
South Africas trapped hunting ground will prepare guns and ammunition for these guests and send professional staff to accompany them to the trapped hunting site.
These lions, brought up by humans themselves, have actually built up trust in humans.
Alexandra then launched a fundraising campaign on social networking sites to get enough money to redeem Serabie, and returned to South Africa to rescue the lion.
These lions had to live in crowded fences since childhood and had lost their natural animal nature, but when they grew up, they would be sent to trapped hunting grounds for shooting.
Although she could not bear it, Alexandra had enough money to save a lion. She sent Serabie to Emoy Cat Shelter, where she would be taken care of and lead a normal life of a lion.
But Alexandra knows that there are still tens of thousands of lions in South Africa waiting to be trapped and hunted. I can only save one lion and watch the other lions waiting to be hunted.
In order to let more people know the truth of trapped hunting, Alexandra returned to South Africa with a photographer and filmed the documentary Save Serabie.
Rich tourists from all over the world come to South Africa to shoot lions and tigers trapped in fences, then take photos to social media to show off, and then take part of the animals as trophies to display at home.
In an interview, some people who participated in trapped hunting said that they hunted animals because they loved them.
But opponents point out that such absurd claims are fundamentally nonsense.
In trapped hunting, the so-called hunters do not have to take any risks or difficulties at all. They only need to lift guns and shoot at lions and tigers who have nowhere to escape and enjoy killing.
Recently, the Daily Mirror on its front page called for an end to such barbaric and horrible acts.
This photo on the front page shows a couple kissing after the body of a lion they were hunting.
But this photo immediately aroused the disgust of netizens, many people condemned the couples behavior as sick, they should be ashamed of themselves, rather than show off.
In fact, as early as 2014, the documentary Blood Lion exposed the bloody truth behind the campaign. Since then, voices against trapped hunting have risen and fallen, but it has been impossible to prohibit this cruel sport from becoming popular among the rich.
Animal protection organizations have summed up the lives of these cultured lions.
Chris Mercer, head of Campaign Against Canned Hunting, once said, We are raising lions in the way of poultry and livestock.
When the lions are born, they will be taken away from their mothers and handed over to unwitting volunteers.
Then, the lions will be put into the Cub Petting tourism project, where visitors can touch and photograph the lions for a fee.
South Africa is the only country in the world that allows the export of lion bones. The vast majority of these slaughtered lion bones have flowed into Asian countries.
South Africas government allows the export of 800 captive lion bones every year, but in reality, the number of smuggled lions is far more than that. About 98% of these bones go to Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and other Asian countries, and then they are disguised as tiger bones, or made into jewelry, or joined in aphrodisiacs and sold throughout Asia...
This is the miserable life of artificially bred lions. They have never seen their mothers since they were born. After being raised by humans and losing their animal nature, they are put into tourism projects. With the love of lions cultivated by Disney movies, people can take pictures, touch them, walk around like pets, and be merchants. People make great profits.
When they grow up, they are not suitable for human approaching, and then put them into the fence, let the rich shoot for fun; even after death, their bones will be traded, put into medicine, give people an impotence...
You can never imagine how many cruel and shameless crimes are taking place for the sake of profit.
In The Lion King, Mufasa teaches Little Simba that all life in the world lives in a delicate balance. Being king, you cant do what you want. You need to understand that balance and respect all living things.
No business, no harm. Maybe we cant prohibit the rich from hunting, but we can at least be a more responsible traveler, starting from ourselves, and let the killing of animals be less, less.
When traveling, be careful not to become a traveler who encourages this dark industry:
1. Refuse to buy goods made by wild animals such as lions, tigers and elephants;
3. Dont watch animalsunnatural entertainment performances after training, such as dolphin performances, circus animal performances, etc.