A Los Angeles-based animal rescue group is responsible for the 33 lions airlifted to a sanctuary Friday, after they were saved from the deplorable conditions of circus life in Peru and Colombia. The lions were airlifted to a sanctuary in South Africa thanks to Animal Defenders International and their years of work with the governments of Peru and Colombia to ban the use of wild animals in circus acts.
MSN News on April 29 reports that it was a long journey for the 33 lions as they were picked up in two stops with nine lions coming out of Colombia on a flight and the other 24 lions loaded onto the same plane in Peru. The Animal Defenders International began their journey with these lions on Thursday when the first nine lions endured a 14-hour drive to the airport in Colombia and then flown to Peru.
In Peru the 24 lions were put on the same flight, then all 33 majestic cats left Peru on Friday evening for Johannesburg. ABC News reports that the lions’ journey covered more than 7,000 miles to their final home in the South Africa bush. This gives these 33 lions a new lease on life as circus life is no way for any wild animal to live, but circus life in some foreign countries is appalling, which was the case for all of these rescued cats.
Before some of these lions could start their journey they needed medical attention. According to The Buzz video above, some of the lions were mutilated with broken teeth. In the video above you can see the vet staff taking care of one of the lions before their long journey to freedom.
The tide is changing after years of advocate groups pushing to get wild animals out of the cages and back into the wild. Their hard work is paying off. Last Chance for Animals worked for years to get elephants out of the circus and tomorrow, Sunday May 1, the last circus act with elephants will take place with Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Last Chance for Animals has worked long and hard to save elephants from circus life and the elephant acts ending for Ringling Bros. are because of their hard work. While getting Ringling Bros. to retire elephant acts is a great start, the group is still fighting to get elephants out of every circus on the face of the Earth.
Animal Defenders International and Last Chance for Animals deserve a big thank you for all their hard work and caring about these wild animals. These folks didn’t just sit and talk about the heartbreaking conditions that wild animals face in circus life, they actually did something to stop it.