The tales of animals kept in captivity in the circus are numerous and horrifying.
Trainers often use whips, muzzles, and bullhooks to coax them into the right pose, and when they’re not performing, they’re kept in cramped cages without access to the outdoors. It is insanely inhumane.
That’s why organizations like Animal Defenders International (ADI) are so important. They take a stand against this kind of cruel and unusual punishment. While we’ve written about their great work before, they’re always up to something wonderful.
Recently, they rescued 33 lions from the circus. In the biggest airlift of its kind, they flew them back to Africa to live on a sanctuary, where they can humanely live out their lives.
ADI has been working tirelessly in order to rescue abused animals and recently saved 33 lions from circuses in Peru and Colombia.
Their main goal for this rescue mission was to get the lions back to Africa, where they belong. They’ll live out their days at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary.
One of the big cats, Joseph, is an old, half-blind lion who endured immense amounts of torture during his time as a circus performer. But now he can rest easy knowing that’s behind him.
The rest of the lions have been getting along and the rescuers at ADI hope that they will bond and become more acclimated to their new surroundings at the sanctuary.
The work has been intense and having 33 new lions on the premises has proved to be a bit overwhelming, but thanks to the workers from ADI, these lions can live a happy, healthy life finally.
The investigation into the deplorable conditions these lions were living in went on for over two years. Thank goodness they don’t need to live in those nightmarish conditions anymore.
The next few months, the lions will live in bonding camps in order to get acclimated to the change of scenery, then they will be released into large, natural brush habitats that will be guarded by the sanctuary.
If you are interested in helping the cause via donation, or even becoming a rescue worker, you can find more information here. These lions won’t soon forget all the wonderful work ADI has done for them!