The Quantico actress and HSI Africa launched their Snuggle Scam awareness-raising campaign on Friday, on World Lion Day, with a video of her visit to a lion cub-petting and lion walk tourist attraction in Gauteng.
Local actress and wildlife advocate Pearl Thusi has collaborated with Humane Society International: Africa to warn residents and tourist against attractions that offer cub petting and lion walks.
Pearl witnessed first-hand how easily well-meaning travellers can be hoodwinked into financing the cruel captive-breeding lion industry. HSI: Africa then took Thusi on safari, where she could see lions roaming free in the wild.
“I’m so humbled and proud to be a part of the HSI family,” said Pearl.
Adding: “It’s been my life’s dream to make a change for wild animals and be part of the system that loves, appreciates and protects them. I pledge to do my best to learn, grow and fight for the rights of Africa’s wild lion and all animals that need the same assistance.”
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Happy #WorldLionDay! Today, international actress and lion enthusiast, @PearlThusi, joins @HSIAfrica to celebrate one of our most iconic big cats – the African lion. Sadly, this magnificent creature is also one of the most exploited animals in our country. In South Africa, there are fewer than 3000 lions roaming freely in the wild; whilst 6000 – 8000 captive bred lions are living in 260 lion breeding facilities. These lions suffer a deplorable life of exploitation, starting with cub petting and lion walking interactions, and ending up as a canned lion trophies or bags of bones in the lion bone trade. Share @PearlThusi experience of a captive facility vs a wild lion reserve. #wildlife
Source: Daily Sun