Unfortunately, big cats can draw a huge crowd to a circus, this is one of the reasons why they are still used today in many.
Things slowly but surely are changing, largely thanks to films such as ‘Blackfish’. While Blackfish focused on the Orcas being kept to perform at sea world it has still done huge things to move along the debate and change the way western societies view animals in captivity.
Once rescued, they can’t be released back into the true wild as they would be unable to adapt and would surely die, so most will end up in either a reserve or a sanctuary. There, they can live out the rest of their days, with grass and dirt underneath their giant paws and in comparative luxury having been caged for so many years.
This really brought a tear to my eye, seeing the cats reaction to feeling grass, swimming in water and running free is enough to tug at anyone’s heart strings.