This is why I won’t go to Seaview Predator Park in Port Elizabeth. I’m trying to have an ethical and responsible visit to South Africa and these types of exploitation are deeply troubling.
There are two sides to every story, and two sides to the lives of animals in the tourism industry. Many of the baby animals we find so irresistibly adorable and pettable, live a life or torment.
The opportunity to pet, hold, bottle feed, and play with cute orphan lion cubs sounds irresistible to animal lovers.
Well-meaning visitors pay big bucks for the privilege of “helping rear motherless cubs.” Many of these people are led to believe they are playing a part in conservation efforts, that these little tykes will live to be returned to the savanna one day.
But the reality is much darker. Shortly after birth, the babies are taken from their mothers, causing extreme stress to the cubs and the mother alike. This is done to facilitate immediate breeding again for…
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