Of course, just like their babies, the mothers experience emotional trauma from the loss of so many precious cubs.
"It's heartbreaking," Bass said. "It's a torment. It absolutely is not something that's natural...The mother lions have a terrible time with it."
While many facilities, including some U.S. zoos, will questionably separate newborn cubs from their mothers, canned hunting facilities stand out because of the horrible fate the cubs face afterwards.
After being taken from their mother, the cubs are handed over to volunteers, often untrained college students, who have been falsely promised that they're helping conservation efforts. The volunteers pay for the privilege of raising the cubs, essentially providing free labor for the canned hunt facilities.
Raised by the volunteers to be semi-tame, the cubs are peddled out to tourists for lion-petting experiences and photo sessions. Sometimes this takes place at the lion farms, which falsely market themselves to tourists as conservation groups; other times, they're rented out to hotels or stores to attract customers.