The most recent culprit ('cos let's face it, this stuff is hardly rare at this point!) is a so-called "farm" in South Africa. The farm breeds lions to be killed as trophy prizes for rich hunters, who presumably have more cash than soul at this point and subsequently feel the need to destroy the life of an innocent creature. But anyway...
The report that discovered this horrific farm also found that lions were being sold to buyers in the far East, who use them for 'medicines'.
The Daily Mail reported that the report is a result of a year-long investigation by Lord Ashcroft. The recently released study revealed that hunters will pay up to £42,000 (approx. $55,000) to kill a lion. Seriously. People starve in this world while others can burn cash trying to murder a beautiful animal.
Not only were these poor creatures fated to a horrible death but they were also treated terribly in life. The report details the unacceptable conditions in the "farm", where the lions would wait for their death.
According to sources the report includes heartbreaking footage of the lions being shot at by tourists with tranquilizer darts in an illegal hunt. It's absolutely disgraceful that such things happen in this day and age.
Clearly, this kind of thing happens all over the world...
Lord Ashcroft had this to say about his study:
The Politician in charge of the report continued, criticizing the UK's enabling of these farms;
"Britain's complicity in lion farming is also laid bare by my undercover investigators, which includes ex-Special Forces soldiers, who have exposed how hunters and middlemen from this country are involved in the despicable trade."
At least some light is being shed on this barbaric practice and money being invested to try and expose those behind these farms.
The lack of images coming from these farms suggests the barbarity inside. The images in this article have come from other hunting sites and though they're not involved with the farms in South Africa it's still heartbreaking to see.
Many of the hunters in South Africa paying extortionate prices for a lion trophy are thought to be unaware that the Lions have been bred solely to be hunted.
Though even if they knew it seems highly unlikely that they would care the animal's life had been nothing but suffering... then again, maybe it would help to bruise their disgustingly inflated egos? To learn that they're not brave hunters, they're just picking off innocent animals who were never truly wild but manufactured for their sport.
Let's hope that this report is the beginning of serious change for these beautiful animals.