33 circus lions rescued, flown to South African sanctuary

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SOUTH AFRICA – After being rescued from ‘deplorable conditions,’ 33 lions are being flown more than 7,000 miles to a South African sanctuary.

According to ABC News, the lions were used in circus acts in Peru and Colombia.

Animal Defenders International is working to fly the lions back and help with the rescue of nearly 70 other animals as well.

Most of the lionsĀ “have been mutilated to remove their claws, one has lost an eye, another is almost blind, and many have smashed and broken teeth,” the group said.

“These lions have endured hell on earth and now they are heading home to paradise,” ADI President Jan Creamer said.

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