Lions Used for Entertainment
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.
Facts About Lions
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!
Lions Are Abused in Circuses and at Roadside Zoos
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.
Roadside Zoos Deprive Lions of Everything They Care About
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.
Circuses Force Lions to Do Tricks They Don’t Want to Do
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.
How You Can Help Lions Used for Entertainment
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!
Under 13? Ask your parents bee-fore you continue!