Target: Scott Simpson, Assistant Operations Manager at Lion & Safari Park
Goal: Have Lion & Safari Park keep its promise to end cruel human-cub interactions.
Lion & Safari Park in South Africa made an announcement that it would no longer let tourists pet lion cubs after a tourist was killed by a lion in the park last year. Unfortunately, the park has turned back to its old ways and is allowing tourists to pet cubs again.
Cubs used for tourist visits are typically taken away from their mothers at very young ages. This affects the cubs physically and mentally. In addition, these cubs who are trained to feel safe around humans are shipped off to facilities where people can shoot them when they grow older.
The park stated that it was “not competing on a level playing field and unless [its] competitors also stop the cub interaction…the survival of the business will be at stake.”
Sign this petition and demand Lion & Safari Park end the cub interactions again. The welfare of these animals is much more important than money.
Dear Mr. Simpson,
After a tourist was killed in 2015, Lion & Safari Park made a promise that it would no longer offer cub interactions with the public. However, you have broken that promise and have began cub interactions again due to greed.
Lions are smart, social and unique creatures that belong in the wild, not with humans. Taking these cubs away from their mothers is physically and mentally damaging to both the mother and the cub. In this day and age, people should be fully appreciating the world how it naturally is and fighting to protect it.
Please consider ending cub interactions again. There are many tourists who are looking to have a cruelty-free vacation and your company will stand out from the competition.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Steve Garvie