“I’m glad he gave him a little nip, so the public seeing this video can realize these are dangerous animals,” Bass said. “They can scratch, hurt or bite you, even at a very young age.”
Unfortunately, as with other viral wild animal-celebrity encounters, Bass fears the video will make people think it’s OK to pay to handle wild animals, in turn supporting an industry that kills them. A true wildlife sanctuary or refuge would never allow guests to have direct contact with the animals, and would never allow the animals to breed.
“Im sure Joel had no idea, but that is the point,” Bass said. “These [lion] breeders will prey on naive or innocent people who don’t know what the facility really is. And then when someone who’s famous posts about it online, it makes everyone else want to visit.”