Thirty-Three Lions Rescued from Vile Circuses

Animal Defenders International - Earth Doctor Reese Halter

On Friday Animal Defenders International airlifted 33 lions — most in poor health — rescued from circuses in Peru and Columbia.

These awesome big cats will be returned to their homeland in Africa to live in an animal sanctuary.

The 33 lions have been rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia by ADI in the biggest rescue and enforcement operation ever undertaken to eliminate the use of wild animals in circuses, which has been banned in both countries. Photo credit: ad-international.org

The 33 lions have been rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia by Animal Defenders International in the biggest rescue and enforcement operation ever undertaken to eliminate the use of wild animals in circuses, which has been banned in both countries. Photo credit: ad-international.org

The president of Animal Defenders International, Jan Creamer, said “these lions have endured hell-on-earth and now they are heading home to paradise. This is the world nature intended these animals for.”

Photo credit: quotesgram.com

Photo credit: quotesgram.com

I loathe the corporations profiting from animal slavery circuses and dolphinariums. The late oceanographer and filmmaker Jacques-Yves Cousteau said it best when asked about freedom for the Animal Kingdom: “When we return wild animals to nature, we merely return them to what is theirs for man cannot give wild animals freedom, they can only take it away.”

Some of the lions suffered terrible eye damage. Photo credit: ad-international.org

Some of the lions suffered terrible eye damage. Photo credit: ad-international.org

Many of the 33 imprisoned lions were brutally declawed as well as suffering from broken teeth. One cat named Ricardo lost an eye and another lion is almost blind.

This brave male lost his eye. Photo credit: ad-international.org

This brave male lost his eye. Photo credit: ad-international.org

Twenty-four of these lions were rescued in surprise raids on a circus in Peru. They were found in tiny cages on the back of trucks. Nine other lions were voluntarily handed over from a circus in Columbia.

These lions suffered unimaginable conditions at the hands of avarice operators. Photo credit: ad-international.org

These lions suffered unimaginable conditions at the hands of an illict operation. Photo credit: ad-international.org

These 33 beaten-up lions are going home to Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in Limpopo, South Africa. The temperature and climate are perfect for these cats.

The moment a lioness was re-united with her two cubs. Photo credit: ad-international.org

The moment a lioness was re-united with her two cubs. Photo credit: ad-international.org

All 33 cats are flying on a McDonnell Douglas MD 11-cargo aircraft with a team of compassionate veterinarians that will monitor the felines during the flight since none will be sedated during the long ride home.

Fida, one of 25 lions rescued in the past three months from travelling circuses which were recently banned in Bolivia, is seen at the Viru Viru airport in Santa Cruz before it is loaded onto a plane to be flown to Denver, Colorado, February 16, 2011. Twenty-five lions were rescued from the circuses by the non-governmental organisation Animal Defenders International (ADI), who worked together with Bolivian government officials, an ADI spokesman said. Bolivian law prohibits the use of wild animals in public performances. The lions, which range in age from three months to 15 years old, will be housed in an 80-acre enclosure at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado. Photo credit: Reuters/David Mercado

Fida, one of 25 lions rescued over a three-month period from travelling circuses which were banned in Bolivia, was seen at the Viru Viru airport in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, before she was loaded onto a plane to be flown to Denver, Colorado, February 16, 2011. Twenty-five lions were rescued from the circuses by Animal Defenders International, who worked together with Bolivian government officials. An Animal Defenders International spokesman said, “Bolivian law prohibits the use of wild animals in public performances. The lions, which range in age from three months to 15 years old, will live on 80 acres at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado.” Photo credit: Reuters/David Mercado

In 2011, Animal Defenders International successfully airlifted 25 lions from illegal animal circuses in Bolivia to a sanctuary in Colorado.

The legendary friend to the Animal Kingdom -- the incomparable Bob Barker said "I am one of millions of people who was just born with a deep love of animals. I have been devoted to animals since I can remember. As a kid I picked up strays and tried in my clumsy ways to help injured animals. I’ve done it all my life, and now I’m doing it on a much larger scale.” Photo credit: malibutimes.com

The legendary friend to the Animal Kingdom — the incomparable Bob Barker said, “I am one of millions of people who was just born with a deep love of animals. I have been devoted to animals since I can remember. As a kid I picked up strays and tried in my clumsy ways to help injured animals. I’ve done it all my life, and now I’m doing it on a much larger scale.” Photo credit: malibutimes.com

Animal Kingdom superhero Bob Barker helped launch these stealthy Peru circus raids, and crowd funding, along with GreaterGood, raised half the cost of the journey to South Africa.

#EmptyTheTanks

The days of unscrupulously profiting from animal slavery are coming to an end quickly. It’s morally unacceptable to keep animals captive for entertainment purposes. The more kindhearted people who refuse to purchase tickets for circuses with animals or dolphinariums, the faster we can hasten their demise.

There is hope because in May 2013, India assigned cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises) non-human-persons-rights. The Ministry of Environment & Forests agreed to ban the use of cetaceans for public entertainment and forbid them from being held captive anywhere in India. I predict many other nations will follow India’s compassionate ruling.

Photo credit: postivenewsus.org

Photo credit: postivenewsus.org

Thank you to all those intrepid warriors who protect the Animal Kingdom 24/7/365 !

#LoveIsTheSolution

The Earth Doctor at CNN studio in Hollywood, California. Photo credit: Amanda McPhillips

The Earth Doctor at CNN studios in Hollywood, California. Photo credit: Amanda McPhillips

 

Earth Doctor Reese Halter is the author of “The Insatiable Bark Beetle.”

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4 Responses to Thirty-Three Lions Rescued from Vile Circuses

  1. Valerie Peters says:

    Didn’t even know this was taking place. Bless all of you that put this in action. I’m full of sadness that these animals were treated this way and so happy for their rescue.

    • Reese Halter says:

      Each day we are making progress towards amnesty for the Animal Kingdom.

      The animals are central in health of our life support systems.

      We need Nature in order to survive, Nature does not need us.

  2. Ilene R. Carr says:

    Thank you so very much Mr. Barker and the rest of all the unnamed individuals that have worked so hard to help all these lions and to get them to safety!! God bless, accompany and protect all of you that participated and helped!!

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