If you were hoping for a South African vacation that includes petting some adorable baby wild cats, you’ll have to change those plans: tourists will be barred from touching the animals at a suburban wildlife park in Johannesburg, after “going out of fashion” due to negative publicity. [More]
UPDATE: United Airlines and American Airlines have also announced bans on shipping the “big five” of wild animal trophies as freight.
Can’t take a selfie with a big cat, due to bans on the practice or the unavailability of an obliging lion? Wildlife fans with deep pockets were able to get perhaps the next best thing to a photo, after one animal fundraising group auctioned off jeans featuring denim ripped apart by wild animals. [More]
Here’s the thing about zoos: Despite the fact that those wild animals are behind bars, they’re still wild animals. So no matter how fuzzy and furry that lion looks, it’s not a good idea to pet it unless a zookeeper says to go ahead and do so. But one Michigan woman claims that after she was allowed into a lion’s cage, she ended up losing part of her finger.. [More]
While we’re unaware of any existing maxim that says lions can be tamed with a package of sweet treats, the Memphis Zoo is definitely against any plan involving visitors hopping enclosure barriers to offer up cookies to the big cats. That’s why the zoo has banned one woman, who allegedly climbed into the actual lions’ den while singing and bearing snacks. [More]
Nearly three years after an exotic meat supplier in Illinois made headlines by selling lion meat to an Arizona restaurant, a lawmaker in the Land of Lincoln is introducing legislation that would make it illegal to breed, import or export from the state, or buy or sell lions for the purpose of slaughter. [via WBBM]
A Tucson restaurant created an uproar with last week’s announcement that it would be sell tacos made of lion meat. The owner freely admitted it was a publicity stunt, and apparently one that was too successful. Citing “many threats on the safety of our restaurant, our families, our customers and our vendors,” the owner said that he’d scrap the plans.