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Video: Outrage as lion cub is used in Pakistan wedding shoot

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Filed on March 15, 2021 | Last updated on March 19, 2021 at 01.23 pm
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The video and images show a couple holding hands in wedding regalia while the cub lies between them.

A video and multiple images have sparked outrage among animal rights organisations for using a sedated lion cub as a prop for a wedding shoot.

According to the Independent, the footage and images were posted on the Instagram of Studio Afzl, a Lahore-based photography studio but have since been deleted.

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The video was accompanied by the hashtag #SherdiRani (Lioness Queen) to emphasize the cub’s presence. It was reposted by Save The Wild, a Pakistani wildlife organisation, calling for intervention by the Punjab Wildlife and Parks Department.

JFK Animal Rescue and Shelter reposted a photo from the shoot, accusing the studio of keeping the cub on its premises.

"The studio's management told us that the lion cub was brought [to the studio] by a friend of theirs that owned it, and according to them it was a plain coincidence that the couple was also present, so they decided to take a few pictures with the lion cub," Zulfishan Anushay, the founder of JFK, told the independent.

The post also explained how possessing a wild animal in Pakistan is not illegal if one has a license.

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