Lion Ark is a film that will grab your attention and your heart strings as you watch a rescue of abused Circus Lions unfold before your very eyes. The film follows Animal Defenders International (ADI) as they battle cruel and abusive Circus Owners in an effort to save 25 African Lions from a miserable existence. Many of you are like me and grew up watching Circus Shows where we saw these magnificent creatures performing alongside their handlers. I never even thought of what was happening to these animals behind the scenes and the life they we being robbed of until now. After watching this incredible journey, you will never look at a Circus Show the same way again.
First, this drama does not take place in the United States, where there are strict laws about how animals are treated in captivity. Bolivia is where the action is in this film and ADI was responsible for making it illegal in that country to run circuses where the animals were treated so badly. ADI goes to Boliva with a mission to find the Circuses that are violating the law and taking their animals away to a better place. Some of the scenes here will bring you to tears. Watching these brave people take on the lawbreakers will have you cheering all the way home. ADI rescues 25 Lions and gets them to Santa Cruz, Bolivia where they run into a new obstacle. The government cannot take care of these creatures as there is really no place to house them. Releasing the Lions back into the wild was not an option because all of them had been born in captivity and have never lived like a normal Lion would.
Leave it to Animal Rights Activist and Actor, Bob Barker, to be the one to finance such a tremendous endeavor along with CSI Star, Jorja Fox. This story has a happy ending as all 25 Lions are taken to Colorado to the Wild Animal Sanctuary where they are now living healthy and happy lives with as much freedom as they can be afforded. This movie makes you think about the world we live in and how our actions cause pain to other creatures. Animals are being abused every day for our entertainment. Even in the U.S., cases of abuse come to light, even though we have tough laws to try to stop it.
We should all ask ourselves one question. Is is right for us to be entertained by wild animals while they are being forced to live in small cages and not allowed to roam free like they were intended? Even the best Circus is really no place for a creature like a Lion to have to live. They deserve better. For more information on the film, please go to the web site in the link below.
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