Great and adorable news!
Animal Defenders International (ADI) have saved three tiny cubs from an animal circus in Bolivia thanks, in part, to a generous donation made by celeb animal activist, Bob Barker!
The former Price Is Right host got involved with ADI after the organization conducted an undercover investigation of the South American circus industry, and their findings led to a ban of the use of animals circuses in Bolivia.
The ban came into effect in 2010, and thanks to a substantial donation made by barker, ADI was able to undertake a massive search and retrieve mission. Effectively rescuing 24 lions, 6 monkeys, a coati mundi, a deer, and a horse. The operation took seven days and went through seven circuses, before it was able to catch up with the final circus three weeks later. There is still one final rescue mission being undertaken, to save a male lion in early February, which means 25 lions in total will be rescued, and all of the circus animals in Bolivia will have been removed— ending that industry.
Included in the rescue were three tiny lion cubs, just seven weeks old when found and living in a bare cage with their mother. The cubs were used primarily to be taken into the public, where paying customers would have their photograph taken with them.
ADI President, Jan Creamer said, “These were the last animals to appear in a Bolivian circus show. I vividly remember the day we seized them, tiny bundles of fur, their eyes still slightly blue. I remember thinking that they had been born into misery but they will grow up happy and free. They symbolize everything we work for.”
One of the cubs has been named Bob after the sugar daddy that made his rescue possible, Bob Barker.
“What ADI has achieved in South America is a landmark accomplishment that will have worldwide repercussions,” Barker said. “[I am] proud to have shared in this historical victory on behalf of suffering animals exploited for man’s amusement.”
If you are inspired by this story and want to get involved, there is a way to help! ADI has launched a Save the Lions Appeal campaign in an effort to raise funds for their next rescue mission, and to help pay for the care of the saved animals.
Pull a Barker and donate!