Up until recently, Govani the lion’s life was pure agony. His only “home” was a tiny, rusty cage, and he was forced to perform as part of a traveling circus. His claws and fangs were removed, and he ended up so skinny, sick, and distressed that he eventually devoured his own tail.
Govani’s story is gruesome, but unfortunately he’s not alone. Many European countries still allow traveling circuses to exploit innocent creatures for profit and entertainment by using wild animals in their shows. More than 1,000 animals are still being abused in this way.
But there are reasons to have hope: a wave is moving through Europe, and more and more countries are starting to ban these wild animal circuses. This is our moment to help Govani and other lions like him.