NSPCA at Jan Steinmanns Farm – Update 6. August 2019
In a yesterdays IOL article, more gruesome pictures came up.
“However, Dr Caldwell believes that the cubs were taken away from their mothers too early and suffered nutritional deficiencies, which compromised their immune system.” This is a standard procedure at all Lion/Predator breeding facilities to bring the female back into oestrus to make sure she produces more cubs as soon as possible. This procedure is not only standard at the 300+ breeding-for-bone-sales-facilities but also at the hundreds of petting and walking scam roadside zoos and Scamtuaries.
“Dr Ras fears that this is not an isolated case and that many other cubs may suffer the same fate on some of the 300+ lion breeding farms around the country. At least one-third of these facilities breed lions for the lion bone trade. ” We are sure that this is not an isolated case. We rather believe that one-third is underestimated and that many more breed for the Lion bone trade.
“With the increasing profit-driven commodification of lion products, especially when all the breeder needs is the lion’s skeleton, there is no incentive to keep these animals healthy”, says Linda Park (Director – Voice4Lions). “In an attempt to maximise profit, it is inevitable that even the most basic needs, such as adequate food and shelter as well as medical care, are lacking.” The increasing profit-driven commodification of Lion products is the second biggest threat (after habitat loss) for the remaining 20.000 Lions.
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23. July 2019 – NSPCA at Jan Steinmanns Farm: Inspectors from the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) Wildlife Protection Unit carried out a follow-up inspection at a lion breeding farm in Lichtenburg in the North West Province and found disturbing conditions – again, lion cubs were found to be in devastating physical condition.
In April 2019, the NSPCA’s Wildlife Protection Unit attended to a complaint at the same farm in Lichtenburg where they found lions being kept in appalling conditions.
The NSPCA issued a warning and laid charges against the owner and the staff in terms of the Animals Protection Act No 71 of 1962.
In July 2019, the NSPCA undertook a follow-up inspection at the same facility
The Inspectors obtained a warrant and found minimal improvement of the conditions on this farm. A lion cub was found dead and stored in a cold room. Two more lion cubs were found concealed in a crate in a warehouse. They showed similar symptoms to the two cubs that were removed in April. The facility’s veterinarian euthanased the two cubs. Two carcasses were removed for post mortem examinations.
On further investigation, the NSPCA at Jam Seinmanns farm found a chest freezer with approximately 20 carcasses of lion and tiger at varying ages. The NSPCA removed a further five carcasses for post mortem examinations to determine the cause of death and will be laying further charges in terms of the Animals Protection Act No 71 of 1962.
“With the release of The Lion King and the tribute to lions during World Lion Day this month, the rest of the world is celebrating these majestic creatures. Here in South Africa, where lions are indigenous and a massive part of our heritage, we are condemning thousands of lions to a life of captivity, where their basic needs are not being catered for, and we are subjecting what is globally known as the king of the animal kingdom to a pathetic life in a cage, waiting for death” said Senior Inspector Douglas Wolhuter, manager of the NSPCA’s Wildlife Protection Unit.
The trade of wild animals opens the door to abhorrent cruelty, whether it be intentional or negligent. Where there are money and animals involved, there is bound to be cruelty.
“It appears the extent of cruelty and neglect has no boundaries within the predator breeding industry in South Africa. We strongly urge the public, tourism and government bodies to put a stop to this industry”
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