Authorities Are Selling Rescued and Rare White Lion To Trophy Hunters Just For Money

Mufasa, a white lion and his mate, Suraya, have been together for the past three years. They met for the first time at a South African wildlife rehabilitation center when Mufasa was seized from someone who was keeping him as a pet. The cubs formed an instant friendship and have been inseparable ever since.
However, now, the inseparable bond may be broken because the country’s Department of Rural, Environmental and Agricultural Development says it owns Mufasa and wants him to be sold off to “raise funds” for the South African government.
If Mufasa is sold, he will most probably end up at a canned hunting facility. There, the trophy hunters will pay thousands of dollars just to shoot him.
Today, there are overall only 300 white lions in the world and only 13 of them are living in the wild.
Mufasa and Suraya currently live in the Rustenburg Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and the organization has started a legal battle against the conservation department. They have also started a Facebook petition, encouraging authorities to reconsider their decision.
Canned hunting has become a blooming business in South Africa and it has caused many female lions to breed constantly and maintain a steady supply of cubs. If they are no more able to give birth, they are sold off for hunting.
The wildlife center knows that not only will selling Mufasa kill him ruthlessly, but also leave Suraya devastated.
“Suraya and Mufasa are inseparable and it would be extremely traumatic for Suraya to lose her companion,” the wildlife center wrote in its petition. “She was in a terrible emotional state before they were united as cubs, and even when moved to a bigger enclosure, she was highly anxious when she woke up and couldn’t find Mufasa.”
Mufasa can also be sold to a lion- bone company which slaughters lions to sell their bones and other parts illegally to Asian traders.
Thousands of people have stood up against this monstrosity because of the online petition. Moreover, a sanctuary also wants to volunteer to care for the lions for the rest of their lives. The raised funds will be used completely cover legal fees and for the rescue’s battle to protect these lions.
“Mufasa’s story shows a new low of the terrible reality of South Africa’s lion bone trade and canned hunting,” the rescue said. “It is with dismay that we see the authorities’ greed in putting money before animal welfare by trying to take a lion from a rehab center to sell on auction … Please help us prevent the atrocity of having this beautiful lion condemned to a trophy or a bag of bones.”
The rescue is not going to give up on their effort. We hope they win this battle!

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