New Scholarship Documents Negative Welfare Impacts of Cub-Petting on Lions

A new peer-reviewed study, Chorney, S.; DeFalco, A.; Jacquet, J.; LaFrance, C.; Lary, M.; Pirker, H.; Franks, B., Poor Welfare Indicators and Husbandry Practices at Lion (Panthera Leo) “Cub-Petting” Facilities: Evidence from Public YouTube Videos, Animals 2022, 12, 2767, documents animal welfare concerns associated with lion cub-petting in South Africa. Researchers found that cub-petting creates acute negative welfare impacts on the cats, as documented by the lions’ stress behaviors and stereotypies.