Animal cruelty case in North West: number of lions were kept in terrible conditions

The increased incidence of animal cruelty concerns South African society. National Council of the SPCA seeks to motivate the public to prevent cruelty to animals and to promote animal welfare. They published the information about terrible conditions suffered by a number of wild animals at a special facility in North West.

Senior inspector Douglas Wolhuter explained a situation in which at least two lion cubs were apparently affected by some neurological disease. The medical specialists also said that they were unable to walk.

“Other issues such as small enclosures and inadequate shelter, no provision of water, overcrowding, and filthy and parasitic conditions were noted in the camps that contained the lions, caracals, tigers, and leopards. Twenty-seven of the lions had mange and the caracals were obese and unable to properly groom themselves,” Wolhuter said.

The facility is believed to have been used to breed wild animals which are later traded locally and internationally.

“Due to the dire conditions in which the animals were found, veterinary medics had attended to them. They removed the two lion cubs from the facility,” Wolhuter said.

Relying on medical reports, they would decide whether to pursue legal action against the facility.

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