Warning, stay away! Moreson Ranch is advertising lion hunting and selling cubs. They at the top of the ugly list.
Moreson ranch is one of more than 160 such farms legally breeding big cats in South Africa. There are now more lions held in captivity (upwards of 12,000) in the country than live wild (about 2,000). While the owners of this ranch insist they do not hunt and kill their lions, most breeders sell their stock to be shot dead by wealthy trophy-hunters from Europe and North America, or for traditional medicine in Asia. Moreson Ranch situates at the foot of Bothasberg in the Vrede district. It has panoramic views.
Moreson Ranch is a game farm which on its website invites tourists to come and enjoy the canned hunting of everything from pretty blesbok and springbok – South Africa’s national symbol – to lions and crocodiles.
Moreson Ranch CLASSIFICATION:
The farm is an “Avoider Facility” try to stay clear from this facility. They promote and allow hunting at the facility for a fee. Furthermore, canned hunting links to this facility. In addition to that, they make their animals’ stress levels rise, due to the living conditions. They also allow an abundance of human interaction which leads to increase stress in the animals.
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Moreson ranch wants to attrack tourist with the slogan ‘cuddle with lion cubs’ . But the cubs live in bad circumstances (a concrete stable) and avoid any contact even with there caretaker. They are traumatised because they are taken away from their mother. It made us very sad, also seeing the adult lions walking up and downs in there cages.
Moreson ranch is one of more than 160 such farms legally breeding big cats in South Africa.
Animal welfare groups say most breeders sell their stock to be shot dead by wealthy trophy-hunters from Europe and North America, or for traditional medicine in Asia.
Cathleen Benade, a ranch assistant who is studying wildlife photography and is devoted to the cubs, reveals that they were taken away from their mothers just an hour after birth and bottle-fed by humans for the first eight weeks of their life.
Moreson’s Tel Number: 058 913 9901
The farm has fantastic views and trails, however, supporting Moreson Ranch directly support the canned hunting industry. It’s factory-farming of lions, and it’s shocking. Also, they keep their animals in improper conditions. More than that, they also allow multiple people at a time to surround an animal and pet it. In conclusion, they cause animals to receive high stress and anxiety levels due to the conditions and directly providing canned hunting for sale is inexcusable by our animal community.
Sources: Moreson Ranch's Official Website Hunting at Moreson's Trip Advisor Afristay The Guardian's Article Volunteers in Africa Beware
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