Conservation groups have accused the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries' high-level panel of bias, saying they're putting the lives of both the animals and workers at risk, and exposing them to possible diseases.
South Africa has a disproportionate captive versus wild lion population. There are currently an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 lions in captivity in more than 360 facilities throughout the country. This compared to around 3,000 wild lions left in South Africa. Photo: Colin Bell