Pouncing Lion, Hurting Woman

Ben

Okay…so I keep seeing this video popping up on the Toronto Star’s homepage.  Apparently a martial artist was involved in a photo shoot. As part of this photo shoot it was somehow necessary to make use of…a lion. Long story short, she gets mauled.

Here’s my beef. Animals that are used in advertising and movies are almost always mistreated (CBC’s The Fifth Estate ran a disturbing piece a while back). This is fact. My problem is that the suffering these animals go through isn’t for any “greater good” such as science (which is, of course, debateable). I mean, check out the guy who boots the lion in the head. No, this is so some Jackie Chan wannabee kung fu chicky can promote…what? That she can pose with lions? It’s stupid. No need for animals in this sort of stuff. End of rant.

Besides, who wasn’t really cheering for the lion there? I know I was. I mean, if she is really THAT good at martial arts she should’ve been able to stop the lion. That’s what she gets for flapping her arms like a wounded ostrich around a full grown lion.

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3 responses to “Pouncing Lion, Hurting Woman”

  1. Carole Baskin says :

    The following is a partial listing (533) of incidents in the U.S. involving captive exotic cats since 1990. The U.S. incidents have resulted in the deaths of 20 humans, 15 adults and 5 children, the additional mauling of 175 more adults and children, 144 escapes, the killing of 84 big cats, and 114 confiscations. There have also been 151 big cat incidents outside the U.S. that have resulted in the deaths of 57 humans and the mauling of 85 humans by captive big cats. These figures only represent the headlines that Big Cat Rescue has been able to track. Because there is no reporting agency that keeps such records the actual numbers are certainly much higher. http://www.bigcatrescue.org/big_cat_news.htm
    For the cats,

    Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
    an Educational Sanctuary home
    to more than 100 big cats
    12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625
    813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

  2. Ben says :

    Carole,

    Thanks for the info and for stopping by.

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