The circus is something that we, while we’re young, truly love: it’s entertaining, it’s fun, it’s something different and it has animals in it: we just love it. But as we grow older and understand what happens behind the scenes, we truly start wishing the circus wasn’t there anymore.
A lot of animals are treated terribly while they are in the circus and they are abused while they are trained so that they learn to obey. This is terrible and luckily, the world finally woke up and did something about this: it banned the use of wild animals in the circus in a lot of countries.
One of these countries was Bulgaria. In Bulgaria there were still a few active animals when the ban passed on the 1st of January 2015. As far as lions went, these animals were Jora and Black. Their lives started to change drastically when the ban passed; they now had to go home.
While active in the circus, these two were kept in tiny cages, and then exposed to screaming crowds for their performances. Now, they are getting help from the people at Four Paws and at the Born Free Foundation in order to be able to go back to the wild live the lives that they deserve to live. When they were 7 years old, they started their journey back, and away from Bulgaria.
The strip started by going from Bulgaria to London. In there, Born Free Foundation co-founder Virginia McKenna said that she was really happy with the public support they had been receiving and, even though there was still a long way to go, they were confident about everything.
Then from London the two 7 year old lions flew to South Africa and finally started to see new light at the end of the tunnel. All they knew was imprisonment, but now they are free. They were able to take the first of many steps in a land they could call their own, where they were truly kings of the jungle.
In a press release, the CEO of the Born Free Foundation Adam M. Robert said that every time they are able to save an animal that was being held in captivity was always a cause for celebration. Hopefully, the Born Free Foundation will be able to keep on doing this for a long, long time. As a long as public support backs them up, they probably will.
As a society, we hold captive a lot of animals against their will for a variety of reasons but, if you ask me, no reason would ever justify taking away the freedom of an animal that was born free: there is nothing worst we could do to them other than take away their freedom.