Known as the “kings of the jungle,” lions are both beautiful and strong. They live in large groups called “prides.” But some people use lions for entertainment.
Cubs stay with their mothers for up to two years so they can learn how to hunt and bond with others in their pride. And guess what? A lion’s roar can be heard from up to 5 miles away!
Despite their loud voices and strength, lions suffer for human entertainment. Most people who go to circuses and roadside zoos do so because they “love animals” and have no idea what goes on behind the scenes or how unnatural and miserable it is for animals like lions to be torn away from their mothers, caged, and forced to perform tricks.
Animals in roadside zoos, including lions, often live in enclosures or cages that are hundreds of times smaller than their homes in nature. They’re not given the opportunity to do anything that’s natural or important to them, like running, roaming, choosing a partner, and being with their families.
Lions and tigers used for the circus usually live and travel in cages so small that they barely have enough room to turn around, and often two big cats are crammed into one cage. Lions in circuses will never know what it’s like to bond with their pride or roam through plains and high grasses. And the tricks they’re forced to do are unnatural and confusing to them. If they don’t perform, they’re punished, often with whips.
Help lions and other animals used for entertainment by never visiting a roadside zoo and never attending a circus that uses animals. Be sure to tell your friends and family to avoid places like these, too!