The Ongoing Disgrace of South Africa’s Captive-Bred Lion Trade

In this in-depth analysis, Yale Environment 360 author Adam Welz sheds light on the captive bred lion “industry”. Welz says that an estimated 7,000 to 14,000 lions are held in captivity in South Africa. The big-maned males are entering the ‘canned shooting’ circus. Increasingly, the surplus lions are slaughtered for their bones and other body parts, many of which are sold in Asia for their purported — and scientifically discredited — health benefits …”