10 Lions Bred To Be Shot by Hunters Rescued From a Farm in South Africa | 22 Words

10 lions that were bred to be shot by trophy hunters have been miraculously rescued from a farm in South Africa.

Our faith in humanity has been restored...

Way too many animals die every year thanks to hunters...

And did you know that the majority of these poor animals are bred specifically to be hunted?

Yep, many animals live their lives for the purpose of being shot dead.

How is this allowed?!

But sadly, hunting is a way of life for many.

According to Animal Matters, in the United States alone more than 100 million animals are killed by hunters every year.

And in Africa?

Well, Africa is sadly the world's hotspot for trophy hunting.

Trophy hunting literally involves shooting and killing animals for fun.

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The poor animal is then displayed as a trophy and is often sold for a lot of money to be made into taxidermy.

South Africa has the largest hunting industry worldwide...

And the most expensive species to hunt are known as the Big 5: the lion, elephant, leopard, rhinoceros (both black and white), and Cape buffalo - many of which are now endangered.

Many argue that trophy hunting is actually helping the critically endangered species...

And even though it is still legal in Africa, a larger percentage continue to argue that trophy hunting is nothing other than a wealthy man's sport that is there to make people feel powerful and in control.

It's devastating to see so many of Africa's most beautiful animals perish at the hands of us humans.

When will people come to their senses and see what they're doing is unbelievably cruel?

But recently, a group of lions in South Africa had the best stroke of luck.

German conservation organization, Wild@Life e.V, aims to rescue animals bred specifically for trophy hunting and they recently released some remarkable footage of 10 lions being saved from their deadly fate.

The organization conducts anti-poaching, human-wildlife conflict mitigation, law enforcement, education, and direct action on wildlife rescue...

And their most recent rescue was shocking. They explained, "In November 2019, our team reached South Africa to rescue lions from one of these farms. The team was overwhelmed seeing 10 lions kept in a totally secluded and closed shed with no light or grass."

The team travelled a total of 5000km by road and spent nearly 10 hours removing the lions from the horrific enclosure...

And, of course, gaining the correct paperwork to rescue them. Keep on reading to see the footage...

The team were able to safely remove the lions by tranquilizing them...

But they noted that the animals needed to be calmed as their stress levels were high due to the lack of light and grass.

The team hopes the lions will adjust to their new life of freedom.

"We worked non-stop to move the lions to the transport trailer, which we drove back to the sanctuary, where they will learn to be lions again."

Thankfully, the lions are now able to live in the sanctuary surrounded by proper trees and a comfortable environment...

But perhaps most importantly, they are able to be together.

The lions would have never stood a chance.

"A canned hunt is a trophy hunt which is not 'fair chase'; it has been made too easy for the hunter. Some examples of this include animals who have been kept in a confined area, such as in a fenced-in area, increasing the likelihood of the hunter obtaining a kill." They went on to explain that in most cases, the lions are kept in "tiny enclosures, are confined to horrible places, with limited or no food and extreme stress and with no hygienic and veterinary care."

That is absolutely no life for a lion...

And to make things even worse, hunters are the ones who can pick and choose the animal they want to shoot.

Since the team's footage of the lions went viral online, people have been left feeling overjoyed with their efforts.

Their kind and selfless acts have saved these beautiful creatures from a terrible and untimely death.

This kind of cruelty is barbaric...

And sadly, it doesn't seem that South Africa will be putting an end to it any time soon.

It's utterly devastating to think of the lives that these lions have had...

But it's reassuring to know they'll be able to live out the rest of their lives in peace - which is what all wild animals should be doing.

Watch the footage here:

And for more, keep on reading to learn about the mom who takes her 2-year-old hunting to "normalize killing"...