While this is progress, Schubert hopes that the café shuts down for good, and the lion and other animals are moved to credible sanctuaries.
“If this restaurant suddenly stopped getting business because of the way they treat this lion, I’m quite sure that this lion would be sent elsewhere very quickly … and obviously, if that happened, I would hope that the lion would be sent to an appropriate sanctuary … because that’s what this lion deserves,” he said.
“I would encourage [people] ... to think twice about taking their business to places that exploit animals, whether it’s in Turkey or the United States or anywhere else around the world,” Schubert added. “It they walk into a restaurant or shopping mall, and they see a wild animal in a cage or being mistreated, they should take their business elsewhere. That’s one way that the everyday person can make a difference.”