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If you’re planning on volunteering or have ever thought about volunteering or touring in Africa to raise or pet lion cubs, please reconsider. Do your research on canned hunting and cub petting, and be aware of what you’re supporting.
The following are some of the questions you should always ask a facility before deciding on whether to volunteer/visit there or not:
- Do they have cubs regularly?
- Do they allow interaction between the animals and the public/volunteers? Why?
- Where is the cub’s mother? For what reason or purpose are cubs being removed from their mothers in the first place?
- How often are lionesses giving birth to new litters? (Note: lions normally only breed about every two years — any more is unnatural and draining for the female!)
- If you’re breeding lions, what’s your breeding plan? Why breed purely for a life of confinement? If you rescue animals, why perpetuate the problem by breeding more of them?
- What happens to the animals when they’re older? Are they sold? If so, to where? (Note: ask for the names of the specific reserves or zoos!) What sort of assurances do you take to make sure you’re not participating in canned hunting?
- Do they release animals back into the wild? How many successful reintegration into the wild cases have you had? Do you have any specific and detailed documentation or proof of these instances? (Note: no captive bred lion has ever been successfully released back into the wild — don’t believe any place that tells you otherwise!)
- How can you aim to reintroduce animals to the wild and yet allow volunteers and tourists to handle them and expose them to so much human contact?
- How is the project contributing towards education and conservation?
- Are they a not-for-profit organization? If so, ask for their NPO number.
(compiled from Volunteers in Africa Beware)
When these places try to lure you in with the promise of cuddling cute cubs, be proactive. Don’t be lazy — do your own research. Ask questions. Dig deeper. Know what you’re supporting.
For more information on cub petting and how it directly feeds the canned hunting industry, check out these extra resources.
haha such bs from tiger temple, what they are doing is still so wrong
tbh tho… no worries i did reply tho! i asked them how they’re preventing accidents from happening with so many tigers at one place and tourists coming in and out as they wish. i showed them videos of how big cats normally behave during play (which would be lethal with humans) and told them normal big cats behave like that. then i said that if they’re not lethargic, then there must be something else wrong with them, since under normal circumstances accidents would happen.
then i asked them to source their claims about big cat rescue. let’s see how they’ll dodge that :^)
you guys i’m in a heated argument with tiger temple here on instagram
(contains tiger temple claiming that tigers will get sick when eating raw meat, tiger temple denying most of what they’re accused of doing, tiger temple claiming that they’re better than big cat rescue and more!)
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Okay, other peoples photography isn’t something you can alter the way you want, and then post it to your blog. Lots of people on tumblr seem to not understand that having your personal work altered really isn’t that cool.
It’s kind of like if an artist shared something they made, a drawing of a dog, and then someone would take that drawing, change the colours(and maybe add horns and wings ), and post it on another social media. Even with proper credit, unless permission was given from the artist, that is kind of a shitty thing to do.
Lots of photography on the internet is shared under a license, if you desperately need to alter the photograph to fit your blog, you need to look for photos shared under a license that allows modification(or ask the photographer for permission). On flickr, you can actually alter your search so it will only show photos with this exact sort of license.
"But I’m a photographer and I don’t care if they don’t ask me first" Okay, cool, that’s cool, but tons of other photographers do.
Don’t alter something without permission.
Don’t be a dick