Lioness and Two Cubs Shot While Eating Dinner: Hold Shooters Responsible

Two cubs and a lioness were shot in cold blood while eating dinner in South Africa last Friday. Late last week a pride of about ten lions made it out of their home in Kruger National Park. Once they were outside the park, the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency was in charge of finding them and tranquilizing them to be brought back inside. Instead, the MTPA waited by a carcass, and when the lions showed up, the agency shot and killed a lioness and her two cubs to scare the rest back inside the park. Those involved in the shooting should be dismissed immediately for their grave mistake.

The MTPA knew the lions were out and about because they had been spotted and also had eaten some local livestock. They should have been prepared with tranquilizer darts and means to transport the luxurious animals pack to Kruger National Park; a lioness and two cubs did not need to die. But a spokesperson for the MTPA said it was “difficult” to anesthetize the Lions.  Clearly they don’t have competent employees if their job is too “difficult” for them.

It’s only natural that the Lions would try to roam to a new place - humans put that fence around them, they didn’t agree to it. Because of humans, lions are down to a mere 20,000 in number. Between hunting and habitat loss, the numbers have constantly been shrinking. And now those charged with protecting the lions have killed three more, including two cubs!

The murder of these three majestic lions was a heinous and unnecessary assault. Sign this petition to demand the immediate dismissal of the employees involved in the shooting as well as the purchase of proper tranquilizing weapons for the MTPA at large.
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