Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Egyptian Lion Fighter

I was sent this article by a friend of mine today (you can find the article below), about a man in Egypt who claims to want to revive the Egyptian economy by staging fights against a lion. I do not mean lion on lion; this man claims to have "super-human" strength and will fight the lion in an enclosure himself. He has already received a lot of flack from animal rights lovers, but clearly not enough.

Although I do not doubt that such a story deserves media attention, I deplore how al-Masri al-Yawm has gone about presenting the article. A man who will willingly aggravate an animal to the point of an animal "fighting" him should not be positively reinforced in any way, shape, or form.

But don't worry animal lovers, he won't kill the lion. "If he chooses to withdraw, or surrender, and lets me tie him up." Which seems brilliant, minus the fact that this man has had little to no contact with the lion at all, fearing that he may get "too attached." Wonder how many minutes he'll last in the ring before the lion attacks him.

As to where he got the lion, it's up for anyone to guess. The black market trade of animals in Egypt is no stranger to lion cubs; speak to the right animal breeder and you'll find them in Cairo for sale.

Evidently this man is violent, as he claims that his "training" involved fighting dog breeds, including the "three most aggressive."

When, Egypt, when will you learn that the biggest threat to our planet and the species living here is mankind. When will society here learn that as the animal at the top of the food chain, we have a responsibility to ensure that other animals are protected. This man should not be allowed to fight, be it a secret location or not! He should be arrested for animal abuse!!

To read the article in full, click here


  1. i don't really see the big deal. there are other people/organizations that have nothing but their own intentions in mind that have a lot more influence on the rest of the world and you don't see people standing up against them. now that a dumb lion is on the chopping block people care? seriously. you people should think more about what other people are doing to people than people to animals.

  2. Did you read the article? Did you not see that this man also confessed to child abuse? I don't see it as a "dumb lion," now it's a lion, but what's next? Another child?

    If you read through my blog, you will notice that I am equally interested in human rights as animal rights. This article is meant to highlight one issue in particular. I am sorry that you appear to have minimized it to "one small animal." I recommend you read further.

  3. I was watching local Egyptian news and he was putting on a show where he attacked a lion who seems to be drugged with a spear. The lion was curled up Ina corner of the cage and wounded on it's head and body. It was in Egypt in a place called Mansoura. The lion was drugged and battered and no one was defending the lion. It is unfair! The lion is drugged and forced to fight .

    Dr. Al Adad 
    From iPhone, please execuse typos