Fit for a king

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Fit for a king

Fit for a king

International wildlife charity Born Free takes invaluable action to save lives, stop suffering and protect species in the wild. But to carry on its work and build a positive future for animals like King the lion cub, it needs your help



KEPT AS AN EXOTIC PET

King – the tiny cub with a mighty name – was found last summer in an abandoned apartment in Paris. Half-starved, locked in a dirty cage and beaten by his owner, he was kept as an exotic pet before local authorities found him. He was then transferred to a temporary home at a rescue centre in Belgium.
    King is just a few months old and a helpless victim of the exotic pet trade. An increasing number of wild animals are kept as exotic pets worldwide, and this growing demand is fuelling both the legal and illegal wildlife trade. The illegal trade alone is worth more than an estimated £16bn a year.
    Wild animals are bought and sold in pet shops, trade fairs, markets, direct from breeders or online. They may be captive-bred, sourced from zoos and circuses, or caught from the wild. This trade causes suffering to millions of wild animals. For every wild animal captured and sold as an exotic pet, many more will die in transit.

King – the tiny cub with a mighty name – was found last summer in an abandoned apartment in Paris. Half-starved, locked in a dirty cage and beaten by his owner, he was kept as an exotic pet before local authorities found him. He was then transferred to a temporary home at a rescue centre in Belgium.


King is just a few months old and a helpless victim of the exotic pet trade. An increasing number of wild animals are kept as exotic pets worldwide, and this growing demand is fuelling both the legal and illegal wildlife trade. The illegal trade alone is worth more than an estimated £16bn a year.

Wild animals are bought and sold in pet shops, trade fairs, markets, direct from breeders or online. They may be captive-bred, sourced from zoos and circuses, or caught from the wild. This trade causes suffering to millions of wild animals. For every wild animal captured and sold as an exotic pet, many more will die in transit.

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HELP GIVE KING A HOME

Born Free has a permanent home ready for King at its long-established Jean Byrd big cat sanctuary, located in Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. At Shamwari, King will be given lifetime care in a spacious, safe and enriching environment, surrounded by the sights and sounds of Africa. Shamwari is already home to lions and leopards rescued by Born Free from appalling captive conditions around the world. There, they are able to live in peace and safety.

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

With your help, Born Free can fly King to his new home in South Africa and provide him with expert, lifetime care in a safe and secure environment. Please make a donation to Born Free to give King a life worth living.


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