Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Born Free appeals for just £3 to save the last two circus lions in Bulgaria

Jora and Black are seven-year-old lions known to be brothers. They were taken in as small cubs and were part of a traditional circus act travelling Eastern Europe and Turkey.

They performed until the end of summer 2014, but due to a government ban that came into force at the beginning of the year, Bulgaria now prohibits the use of wild animals in circuses - a move that has been widely welcomed by animal welfare experts.

However, they are caged in a metal beast wagon in the back yard of an ex-circus trainer's remote mountain lodge near the capital, Sofia.

With no readily available water supply or shade, and pending summer temperatures that will raise the atmosphere in their barred container to oven-like temperatures, these animal’s are in need of international help to raise sufficient funds for their relocation, says the conservation organisation, Born Free.

According to legendary actress and animal activist Virginia McKenna OBE, co-founder of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, “It is hard to exaggerate how the heat of the summer will affect these magnificent animals in their cramped quarters.

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