Petting chained lions is not cool, Drake.
The rapper recently posted photos of himself on a visit to Dubai petting and feeding lions at the home of Latifa Rashed Al Maktoum, a wealthy royal. What Drake may not realize is that the captive exotic animal industry is extremely hard on lions and tigers. Often separated from their mothers at a painfully young age, the cats are treated as photo props, and usually beaten to force them to behave. When they are older, they cost about $8,000 per year to feed and some, no longer worth their keep, are sold for canned hunts to the highest bidder.
Drake may not realize it, but sharing these photos with his 7 million Instagram followers is only hurting the animals. Here are five of the saddest lines by Drake - an artist known for his sad lyrics - to convey the way we feel about his lion photos:
1. Where did the other half of my heart go?