Help Find the Criminals Who Are Renting Out Baby Lions in France
- by: AJ Amil
- recipient: Ministry of Justice, France
You may have heard about the new trend going around the internet, wild animal selfies. The practice of trying to get up close and personal with a wild or caged animal - often times endangered - just to snap a selfie and post it on your feed. The phenomena was lambasted earlier this month by several conservation and media organizations as unnecessarily and unforgivably putting animals in harm's way. Sign PetitionSign Petition
Such is the story of the baby lion cub that was discovered this month half dead in a decrepit apartment in Paris. Some idiot rented a lion cub and posted several selfies of him and the kitten on social media before leaving it to die.
Luckily, the social media wiz kid was caught. Netizens helped lead officials to the animal abuser and he has now been arrested on charges of illegally keeping a wild animal.
But this story shouldn’t end there. The young man didn’t just happen upon the wild cub. He researched where to find it and paid someone good money to use it as a prop. French officials shouldn’t just prosecute the 24-year-old, but they should also follow the trail to what could end up being a wild animal trading ring and bring all those involved to justice.
Animal cruelty whether it is in the form of selfies or otherwise is a scourge that needs to be rooted out. One way to do so is to ensure the people who rented out the lion cub to this young man are also caught and put behind bars for breaking the law. Please add your name to the petition and encourage the French police to follow the paw tracks to those who sold this poor cat into a fate that almost lead to it’s death.