End South Africa lion breeding for trade - campaigners

It says unregulated sites are selling lion bones for use in East Asian traditional medicine.

In Summary

• The charity World Animal Protection says it's seen evidence of cruelty, squalid conditions and links to the illegal trade in body parts.

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Wildlife campaigners are calling for an end to the commercial breeding of lions in South Africa.

The charity World Animal Protection says it's seen evidence of cruelty, squalid conditions and links to the illegal trade in body parts.

It says unregulated sites are selling lion bones for use in East Asian traditional medicine.

In 2021, the South African government announced plans to close all captive lion facilities.

But it backtracked on the commitment last year.

There are thought to be more than 8,000 lions living in captivity in South Africa. Many are bred for tourists to hunt.

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