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Farmers Have Field Day Hosting 'Sleep With the Lions' for Tourists

Offbeat  (tags: tourists, farmers, money, asiastic lions, wild animals, greed )

- 2745 days ago -
: Some tourists who did the Asiatic lion tour in Diwali took the Big B line - "Agar aap sher dil hai to rahiye sheron ke sath" - in the Gujarat tourism ad campaign, 'Khushboo Gujarat Ki,' very seriously. These bravehearts who ventured into the heavily-

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Sharon Balloch (127)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 3:29 am
No thanks.... cute but no..

Carol H (229)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 5:00 am
thanks Simone, noted

Maria p (151)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 12:02 pm
so cute

Justin R (0)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 1:42 pm
Safety is of course #1 - would not mind.

. (0)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 3:56 pm
Very cool. I don;t know if it would be for me, but for those participants, I hope it was an unforgettable experience.

Dianne D (490)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 4:50 pm
What do the lions get from this other than their hunting grounds disturbed. Won't they go elsewhere if disturbed? What if people start feeding the lions, won't they attack humans? I think this is a very bad idea for the lions future.

Susan S (187)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 7:44 pm
I hope that this encourages people to protect lions and their habitat and to respect them. Wildlife need to live in peace.

John Williams (36)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 8:05 pm
noted, I can see both good and bad.

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Friday November 19, 2010, 4:03 pm
noted. they have right to live they are cute. they are what they are. god created them. they have beauty!!!!!!!!

linda b (186)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 1:20 pm
I don't know if i'd be brave enough. Thanks Simone.

Viv Flegg (18)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 3:41 pm
I love lions but I would never get that close!!!

Linda Wallace (32)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 6:50 am
Is there a downside for the lions?

Patricia A (0)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 6:14 pm
Interesting. On one hand, I have to give it to the farmers for being innovative and resourceful in making much needed income. It also better insures a place for the lions and local protection from poaching because their supplemental income will depend upon the lions survival, perhaps (?). Game meat/poaching is the number reason, next to habitat removal, for most of these animals being on the brink of extinction (starving farmers can make a LOT of money from one chimpanzee or lion). Having said all of this I do not see a good ending, because at some point the acquaintance will get too close and the nature of the wild lion will come out and their will be an attack, a person may die or be seriously injured, and most certainly a lion, possibly all, will be killed retaliation. But it is interesting and extremely important to look at ways in which we can attempt to live together and evolve eco tourism that will allow for the animals to stay in their natural habitat, or as close to it's resemblance as possible, and in turn we can experience them in their magnificence and natural state rather than the cruel, artifice of zoo's. We face these issues with almost every wild animal we have in the US and we have yet to evolve past the, kill em-bag em and skin em "solution". Our wild horses, wolves, buffalo-you name it-we kill it. And mostly by our own government. You would think with our ubiquitous intellects we could come up with something just a little more advanced (note the sarcasm).
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