Praise Rescue of 33 Abused Big Cats From Circuses

Target: Jan Creamer, President of Animal Defenders International

Goal: Applaud Animal Defenders International for saving lions from cruel circuses.

In what is being called the largest ever airlift of lions, Animal Defenders International (ADI), a Los Angeles-based charity group, rescued 33 lions from circuses in Peru and Colombia. The lions are being transported back to Africa where they will be retired to the Emboya Big Cat Sanctuary.

Both Peru and Colombia have banned the use of animals in circuses, giving in to years of domestic and international pressure. ADI played a major role in accomplishing this goal.

Almost all of the lions were injured and/or mutilated. Many of them were declawed, one is missing an eye, another is blind, and several have broken teeth. Like all circus animals, they were kept in deplorable, unnatural conditions. They are in for a pleasant surprise: their new home has spacious enclosures with real African brush.

ADI President Jan Creamer had this to say about the successful rescue mission: “These lions have endured hell on earth and now they are heading home to paradise. This is the environment for which these animals were intended. It is the perfect ending to ADI’s Spirit of Freedom mission which has eliminated circus suffering in another country.”

It is well known that animals forced to perform in circuses are trained in extremely violent and cruel ways. Weapons like whips, muzzles, electric prods, bullhooks and tight collars are routinely employed by trainers. The animals perform during the shows because are afraid of what will happen to them if they don’t.

It is encouraging and inspiring to know that groups like ADI are working tirelessly to end the suffering endured by non-human animals all over the world. Please sign the below petition, thanking the people of ADI for their invaluable work.


Ms. Creamer,

I am writing to thank you for the incredible work you did to secure the rescue of 33 lions from Peruvian and Colombian circuses.

It’s heart-breaking to read and think about what these poor animals were made to endure for the sake of human entertainment. However, the fact that they are all going to be retired to a private sanctuary, where they will experience the happiness and fulfillment they deserve, is enough to put a smile on anyone’s face.

Without you and your organization, there is no telling what would have become of these majestic creatures. Thank you for your brave and indispensable work; I hope you know how much it is appreciated.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Pam Brophy

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  1. chickadix says:

    Thank Goodness for this organisation. The abuse these big cats have gone through is horrendous, and certainly inhumane. My heart goes out to these poor creatures for the horrors they have suffered., and I pray they have happy lives from now on.


  3. Monty Colter says:

    Are you kidding me? Do any of you realize these Lions have been sitting in small cages in Peru for nearly two years already, and now they have to endure many more months of quarantine in south Africa before they can go to the Emoya compound?

    This is a major travesty cloaked as a happy rescue mission. These circus lions deserved to be RESCUED in much shorter time frame and not be subjected to two and a half years in small cages with the only benefit being better food and medical care. ADI should be lambasted for screwing up this rescue and choosing to go to Africa when it was going to force the lions to live in cages for so long when they could have found a much better short-term solution. People fall for the “returning to Africa” as if the lions will know they are “home” which is nothing short of human imposed feelings that they know nothing of. An investigation into this debacle is what really needs to happen since ADI is not telling the truth or hard details behind the rescue.

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