Known as the “kings of the jungle,” lions are both beautiful and strong. They live in large groups called prides.
Cubs will stay with their mothers for up to two years so they can learn how to hunt and bond with other lions in their pride—how sweet! And guess what? A lion’s roar can be heard from up to five miles away. Not everyone can say that!
Despite their loud voices and strength, lions are just one of the many animals who suffer for our entertainment. Most people go to circuses and zoos because they “love animals” and have no idea what happens behind the scenes or how unnatural it is for animals like lions to be captured, caged, and forced to perform tricks for humans.
Animals in zoos, including lions, often live in enclosures or cages that are hundreds of times smaller than their homes in the wild. They’re not given the opportunity to do anything that’s natural and important to them, like running, roaming, choosing a partner, and being with their families.
Lions used in circuses don’t have it much better. Lions and tigers usually live and travel in cages that barely have enough room for them to turn around, often with two big cats crammed into a single cage at once. Lions in circuses will never know what it’s like to bond with their pride or roam freely through plains and high grasses.
Help lions and other animals used for entertainment by never visiting a zoo and never attending a circus that uses animals. Be sure to tell your friends and family to do the same!