This guy, living in Czechoslovakia, wanted to have pet lions. He acquired two. The police were called to his home in Zdechov. They found two lions in an enclosure with his body. He had been mauled to death.
The police shot dead the lion that killed the man as well as a lioness. All of them ended up dead well before the natural end of their lives. All because this 33-year-old man wanted to have pet lions. He had been denied permission to keep them and it is a classic example of why big cats should never be kept as pets. The worst of it is that the innocent cats were shot.
You could argue that the man deserved his fate. That’s the sort of argument I could almost bring myself to make but the cats? Why should they be shot? Why should they be put through this sort of hell of living in small cages in a country where they are not meant to live? They are the innocent victims.
There is still a fascination among a tiny percentage of people in the West who fancy the idea of having a pet lion or tiger. It just is not worth it. It’s bad for the person and for the cat. It promotes the concept of captive animals which is a bad concept. Private zoos are ghastly places in my opinion.
Big cats need huge amounts of territory and private zookeepers keep them in tiny cages. It’s just not a good thing to do from any point of view. It’s cruel and immoral. It is gross human self-indulgence. And it can end up with all of them dead.
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Source for this story. I added my thoughts as this is an opinion piece.