West Mathewson ~ whom I have never heard of, apparently rescued two white lioness cubs from a breeding facility, I have no idea if he paid for them, if he did ~ this counts as a purchase not a rescue & gives the ‘farmers’ more money to carry on their heinous breeding of carnivores for the ‘trophy’ hunting & lion bone trade.
West owns a tourist attraction, Lion Tree Top Lodge, where tourists can pay to stay ~ they can also pay to walk with lions, funnily (or not) you could have paid to walk with the lioness’s had they stayed in the lion farming industry, where the natural progression of these cat’s are
cub cuddling ~ lion walking ~ slaughtered !!
West also chose to frolic with the lioness’s, treating them as pet’s, much the same as Schneider & Richardson do, the difference between them & him is ~ his lioness’s have killed him, apparently as his wife watched on, this report states he was out walking them, other reports state he was playing rough & tumble with them.
The lioness’s also killed a lodge worker in a separate incident, one of Richardson’s lions killed a visitor.
Lions are lions, they are HUGE & strong & whilst you may be able to take a carnivore out of the wild, you can not take the wild out of the carnivore ~ besides which the actions of these three men send out COMPLETELY the wrong message to the everyday folk who adore seeing them play with these giants.
I must admit I have no sympathy for this man, once again vanity & money got in the way of the best interests of the cat’s, I do however feel for his wife who witnessed what must have been an horrific attack & for his children who have lost a father. His ‘friends’ have spent the day defending him on Facebook, I wonder what they would be saying if it happened to one of the innocent tourists paying for a once in a lifetime experience which they would have assumed was safe to do??
So for those of you who feel the need to slate me on behalf of Schneider & Richardson I have this to say, ‘slate me all you like, my only interest is in the best interest of the carnivores’, as for those that frolic with & exploit these cat’s for social media adulation & money ~ maybe their clocks are ticking too !! Just think about that when you leap to their defense !!
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OFFICIAL BLOOD LIONS STATEMENT:Our heartfelt condolences go out to West Mathewson’s family and friends. Sadly, this tragic accident is not an isolated case in South Africa’s captive lion breeding industry. Records show that in the last 10 years at least 40 similar incidents have occurred with a quarter leading to fatalities. This only reflects those incidents that have been reported in the media and hence there could be more unreported cases. Lions and other big cats, habituated or not, are not domestic animals, but are predators that don’t lose their wild instinct.
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If you would like to see what REAL rescuing from the lion farming industry is about you can take a look at
Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary
Lions Rock Big Cat Sanctuary
Both of these facilities allow rescued carnivores to live their BEST captive life, Loved & Respected for the natural killers they are, a hands off environment where they are not treated as pet’s, but as ambassadors for their species !!
You may also be interested in reading ‘Cuddle Me ~ Kill Me’ by Richard Peirce ~ the book that put me on the journey of speaking up for farm bred & exploited carnivores.