AN EXTREMELY rare white lion in South Africa is set to be auctioned off to trophy hunters who want to shoot him.
The beast, named Mufasa, was confiscated three years ago when he was a cub, along with another lion cub called Soraya.
The white lion is set to be auctioned off to trophy hunters who want to shoot him[/caption]
Despite the huge worldwide campaign to save him, authorities in South Africa have instead announced he will be sold at auction.
Animal lovers want Mufasa to be moved into a sanctuary, but efforts in saving him have not stopped South African authorities yet.
Over 233,000 people have signed a petition to save the white lion, out of the 240,000 goal signatures.
There are approximately 300 white lions left in the world, with just 13 still living in the wild, reported Mirror.
Animal lovers are scared that Mufasa will be killed if sold at auction[/caption]
Many donors feel strongly about the situation, and are trying their hardest to get justice for Mufasa.
One person wrote: “The disgusting act of trophy hunting is a barbaric practice. To murder a a big cat for sport is truly sickening!
“In a world where animals are being wiped out faster than we can imagine, this type of act is still allowed. Vile, sick, greedy world.”
While another wrote: “They are such beautiful animals and do not deserve to be locked up and forced to do things they were not born to do ! They need to be free to live and do as they please !”
The petition, to South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs, says: “Mufasa and Suraya are now three years old and are inseparable.
Over £6,000 have been raised by Mufasa’s previous sanctuary who want to save him[/caption]
“Nature conservation officials refused permission for Mufasa to be relocated to a sanctuary, who offered to care for both Mufasa and Suraya for their natural lives, free of charge.
“Instead, the rehab centre was told telephonically that Mufasa will be auctioned to raise funds for the department.”
Efforts to save Mufasa stretch beyond the petition.
A wildlife sanctuary where Mufasa has been previously cared for over the last three years is raising money to fight for the lion in court against the auction.
Wild For Life sanctuary has so far raised over 109,600 South African rand (just over £6,000).
The donation page wrote: “In the last few weeks we have seen and read extensively about what happens to lions in the industry.
“Mufasa has had a vasectomy and cannot be bred with. This means there is only one of two options left.
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“The number of lion hunters are down and lions have been killed in high numbers for their bones to be exported to the East.
“Soraya and Mufasa are inseparable and it would be extremely traumatic for Soraya to lose her companion.
“She was in a terrible emotional state before they were united as cubs and even when moved to a bigger enclosure she was highly anxious when she woke up and couldn’t find Mufasa.”