33 Lions Airlifted to South Africa After Being Rescued From the Circus
News| | By Margo Gothelf
After living a life full of harsh conditions, 33 lions are now safe and sound in Johannesburg, South Africa. The lions, rescued by Animal Defenders International, were all previously part of circuses in Peru and Colombia. The cats will now spend the rest of their lives in a stress-free environment at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa.
“We are waiting for nine lions that were rescued from a circus in Colombia,” Matt Rossell told Today. “We have 24 lions we rescued with the aid of the government in Peru.” The lions first came to their attention after a video was shot showing the mistreatment of the animals. The goal to save the animals has been in the works for a while, first starting as an undercover mission in Bogota, Colombia, and Peru. “We shot video of the mistreatment of these animals in the circuses and presented the evidence to their governments,” Rossell said. “All the countries have now passed laws forbidding circuses from owning wild animals.” GreaterGood. Because more money is needed in order to have sufficient long-term care for the lions, the company has created several fundraising campaigns at lionsbacktoafrica.org and 33lions.org.
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