Target: Limpho Makotoko, Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
Goal: Stop the exportation of captive-bred lion skeletons from South Africa.
The South Africa Department of Environmental Affairs is considering instituting an annual export quota of 800 captive-bred lion skeletons, a decision that will be devastating for the lions of the country. Humane Society International is calling for a zero-export quota, which would suspend trading in captive-bred lion parts. They’re calling for this quota because there is no scientific evidence showing that exporting lion skeletons does not harm wild lions, which is required to meet CITES exporting standards.
Stopping the exportation of captive-bred lion skeletons will also help to end the cruel captive lion trade in South Africa. The South African government claims that there are 6,000 lions held in captivity, but experts believe the number is closer to 8,000. Many of these lions are used in canned hunting — a type of hunting where the lions are kept in an enclosed area. Some lions are also bred solely to be euthanized so their bones can be traded.
A 2015 film called “Blood Lions” revealed some more of the cruel truths behind the captive lion industry in South Africa. The film showed that many lions are kept in poor living conditions, and workers provide misleading information about the conservation benefits of captive breeding to visiting tourists. Visitors can also pet cubs, which is completely unnatural for them.
The captive lion trade in South Africa is cruel and forces lions into unnatural behaviors. Ending the trade of lion skeletons is one of the first steps that can be taken towards ending the captive lion industry as a whole. Sign this petition to tell the Department of Environmental that you do not want any more lions to be killed for their bones.
Dear Ms. Makotoko,
I’m writing to ask you not to institute an export quota of 800 captive-bred lion skeletons each year. There is no evidence that this does not harm wild lions, which means these skeletons do not meet CITES’ exporting standards. Breeding lions simply to be killed for the skeletons is also cruel and unethical.
Lions that are bred in captivity are forced to perform unnatural behaviors – they go on walks with visitors and visitors are allowed to pet them. These lions are slaughtered through canned hunting, and some are bred solely to be killed for their bones. These majestic animals deserve better lives than being bred to be killed.
Ending the exportation of captive-bred lion skeletons could help lead to the end of the cruel captive lion breeding industry. For the good of these lions who are forced to live in poor conditions, please establish a zero-export quota for captive-bred lion skeletons.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: William Warby