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Trade In Lions For Medicine And Jewelry Could Cause Another Pandemic

How far will human ambition allow them to go? Scientists are starting to look into some of its effects in the nasty trade that has taken off in South Africa and claims at least 12,000 captive-bred lions’ lives.

Respect for these animals appears to be counterproductive in a country with at least 333 breeding farms where they are used for the most heinous purposes, despite the fact that the King of the Jungle is one of the protected animals of that nation and also serves as a symbol within its national coat of arms.

Cats are used for hunting; when the time comes, they are released in secure enclosures to take part in the cruelest game, in which hunters must pay thousands of dollars to play, and which will undoubtedly result in a photo of them being posted on social media alongside the lifeless body of their victim.

Congratulations, hunter, you’ve killed one of nature’s most exquisite animals and gained the scorn of thousands of people in the process!

According to a Lord Ashcroft-led research, these animals can survive in the most unfavorable environments on these farms. The existence that awaits them in these places is as depressing as their eventual demise.

There are at least 12,000 lions being bred in captivity in South Africa as part of this terror economy, according to undercover research conducted by former British Army soldiers and security agency employees.

This reveals their ambition in light of the tiny number of about 3,000 wild lions.

The slain lions are utilized in the illicit trade that brings in millions of dollars a year to sell the skins and bones of the animals. Due to the demand for lion skeletons in China and Southeast Asia, where they are employed in traditional medical procedures, that has also been rising.

When the cats are being boned, they occasionally still have life in them because the new blood that is spilt at that moment gives the bones a pink hue that makes them more desirable and pricey on the market.

What many unsuspecting people are unaware of, and what our research has also discovered, is that these lions are typically ill with botulism, a potentially fatal sickness that assaults the neurological system and may spread to people through these diseased bones and skins.

The Pretoria-based wildlife veterinarian Dr. Peter Caldwell issues a botulism illness warning. Another pandemic might result from lions kept in captivity contracting lethal illnesses like TB, which also affect people.

“When the lions chew on such bones, the poison they get might cause them to become paralyzed. The folks who nurtured the lion won’t squander it by burying or burning it if it succumbs to botulism. They will instead use it for the lion bone and skin trade, according to Dr. Caldwell.