Animal Defenders International (ADI) has teamed up with progressive crowdfunding platform loveanimals.org to help get our rescued lions home to their native Africa.
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ADI President Jan Creamer said: “After a lifetime of cruelty in the circus, these lions deserve to live in peace, under an African sun. Peru and Colombia have set the lions free, ADI has rescued them, now we need help.”
Saved by ADI from traveling circuses in Colombia and Peru, the lions will be flown next month to a new life at Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary at a cost of $10,000 per animal. The record-breaking airlift to South Africa will conclude ADI’s 18-month mission to assist in the enforcement of new laws prohibiting wild animals in circuses. Over 100 animals have been saved during the rescue, the biggest of its kind to be undertaken, and an entire cruel industry has been eliminated.
The rescue, and ADI’s Stop Circus Suffering campaign are supported by award-winning TV legend Bob Barker who told People earlier this year: ”I think ADI is probably one of the finest animal protection organizations in the world. They get things done. A lot of organizations have ideas. ADI doesn’t just have splendid ideas, it produces. I am proud to be associated with them.”
Nine lions will fly from Colombia to join 24 lions on a specially chartered aircraft from Lima, Peru to Johannesburg, South Africa. The lions have led such tragic lives that it is not possible to release them into the wild. Most have suffered their toes chopped off to remove their claws, one has lost an eye, another is almost blind and many have smashed and broken teeth. The lions will live as close as possible to their natural life, in huge natural, secure habitats, funded by ADI at Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary and ADI will finance their ongoing care.