LaFrance added that there is "an urgent need for better security standards" at zoos and animal parks. "FOUR PAWS recognizes that caring for wild animals in captivity always carries an element of risk that can never be completely eliminated, but it can be minimized by setting higher standards for animal and human safety," she said.
The lions, who were killed on Friday night near the Phabeni Gate entrance to the park, are just the latest in a string of run-ins between lions and people. Usually the lions end up losing.
In March, Mohawk the lion was killed by wildlife rangers after escaping Kenya's Nairobi National Park and injuring a bystander. The wildlife rangers had only bullets, no tranquilizers, with them.
Shortly after, in April, authorities announced that Sylvester would have to be killed because he kept escaping South Africa's Karoo National Park. But public outcry forced them to reconsider. Instead, they moved him to into an enclosure in the park to keep him from escaping.
"Safety should always be the top priority in zoos, sanctuaries and wildlife parks to prevent incidents like this in the future," LaFrance said.