Having just read Cuddle Me Kill Me by Richard Peirce I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who is planning on going to South Africa. It is a book that explains the whole complicated captive lion breeding industry with ease so that everyone will understand why they should not be taking part in any interaction with lions (nor any other wild animal bred in captivity). It starts with the story of a rescue of two lion cubs and the creation of a wonderful sanctuary for them then tells you about the issues of the captive lion breeding industry. For those that say I cannot read about this it is written in a sensitive manner, although at times it is emotional, but it is not a gory read and if you really wish to help the lions in South Africa you need to read this and make sure you do not inadvertently get involved in this horrible industry.
This book, scrupulously researched by passionate conservationist Richard Peirce, is a shocking insight as to what just IS going on in South Africa, with the full knowledge of the government and others that turn a blind eye or are in the pay of the evil trade of lion farming. The results of his careful (and often dangerous) probing, show the truth behind the “walking with lions” and cuddly cubs “adventures” sold to tourists, with the paying volunteer keepers duped into inadvertently helping uphold this filthy business. Richard is a very experienced authority on conservation and knows his subjects well, is not fooled by oversentimentality but lays the facts out as they are. This book should be read by everyone who cares about the real Africa!
I 100% recommend this book to anyone who is planning on visiting or volunteering in any captive lion experiences in South Africa. It exposes the shocking and brutal truth to what truly is going on in South Africa at present. It explains the complicatedness of captive lion breeding in such a way that is easy to understand and although it can be an emotional read at times, you should not be put off picking it up. In order to really help these animals, it is a must read to ensure that you do no not inadvertently get involved in this disgusting industry and to create awareness of what is really going on.
My wife Polly got her hands on this book before I could read it and these are her thoughts. "A distressing story told by passionate conservationist Richard Peirce. A fine expose of a dirty business inadvertently financed by gullible volunteers and tourists. A reminder to us all that our choices shape our world."
This book tells the story of a brutal industry that exploits both animals and people. Few of us can read about canned hunting without feeling revolted by those that do the killing but here the author reveals the huge industry behind it that breeds lions in awful conditions, helped by volunteers, and supported by the public, who are both fooled into thinking they are doing something good. The author exposes this industry, and the people behind it, as callous and greedy but does it with an objectivity and a lack of recourse to sensationalism which makes the story all the more powerful. This is an industry that has to be exposed and a book that has to be read.