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Help the plight of the African lion

In an attempt to “uncage” some of the more than 10 000 lions that are currently awaiting their death in South Africa, Brackenfell Lions and Leos are raising funds and spreading awareness for their Lions4Lions campaign.

“The breeding of lions to supply the bone trade is ethically unacceptable, and as an international service organisation we have committed ourselves to fight this scourge,” says a spokesperson for the Brackenfell Lions.

To do this the Brackenfell Lions and Leos will on 8 December at 10:00 “capture and jail” their district governor along with a mystery guest at Pick n Pay Hypermarket in Brackenfell.

“The idea is then that they will only be released if the minimum ‘bail’ has been reached,” says the spokesperson.

“There are currently approximately 10 000 lions being held captive in South Africa at about 310 facilities and we are looking to raise R1000 for every lion held captive within the borders of South Africa.”

According to Lions International, the captive lion bone trade to Asia escalated in South Africa during 2018, as the demand for big cat bones showed a massive growth.

These lions (estimated at 10 000) are raised in captivity on hidden private breeding farms, where they will later be slaughtered for their bones in low-cost mass slaughterhouses in the Free State and other provinces.

Similar to the ivory or rhino horn trade, trading in lion bones and parts is organised by criminal traffickers, since only 1500 permits were legally issued in 2017 to export lion bones – mostly those of canned lions whose remains were dug up.

The lion bone trade was at first a sideline trade of canned hunting but has since become an industry on its own.

To support this worthy campaign, make your pledge by sending an SMS with your name and pledge to 084 788 6523.

*Sources: Lions International, Department of Environmental Affairs.

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