Recently SABC: Special Assignment aired an expose on lion breeding facilities in South Africa.
The lioness’ are forced to breed more repetitively, not unlike puppy mills. They make money by tempting tourists to pay for being a “caregiver” to the cubs, leading them to believe they are helping with conservation of the lion. In reality these same cubs who become accustomed to people, are sold to the highest bidder to be shot and killed.
This is an eye-opening, must-see for everyone concerned with animal conservation.