New Auction of ‘Canned’ Lions/Big Cats in South Africa

Update, 17 February 2016 – Ban Animal Trading (BAT) are protesting at today’s lion auction, Olivia Game Lodge, Bloemfontein, South Africa


Another example of the on-going abuse of iconic lions in South Africa.

Cecils Pride

Bloemfontein Auction

We are awaiting confirmation, but sources indicate that an auction of ‘canned’ big cats (potentially including CITES Appendix I protected tigers in their ‘stock’) at Olivia Game Lodge is being planned for 17 February 2016.

The above image is in Afrikaans, but clearly indicates an auction, or “veiling” – “jong leeu” is a young lion, “groot leeu” – large lion…..

It appears there are 60 lions for auction – 43 lions/lionesses and 17 cubs” according to a translation seen, but no tigers or leopards being auctioned (yet). Who will buy and where will these creatures end up? What fate awaits them?

Olivia Game Lodge is a “private game reserve” (bow hunting catered for) located some 35km (22 miles) from Bloemfontein towards Johannesburg, South Africa. I suspect, Olivia Game Lodge needs the income and will not be too ‘caring’ where/who their ‘product’ is sold to.

Is this an indication of how…

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