19th century lithograph of a lion tamer
|Activity sectors||Entertainment, show business|
|Fields of employment||Circus|
|Related jobs||Animal trainer|
Lion taming is the practice of taming lions, either for protection, whereby the practice was probably created, or, more commonly, entertainment, particularly in the circus. The term is also often used for the taming and display of other big cats such as tigers, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs, and pumas. Lion taming is used as a stereotypical dangerous occupation due to the obvious risks of toying with powerful instinctive carnivores.
Lion taming is performed in zoos across the world, to enable less dangerous feeding and to bring more profit by holding programmes like cub petting.
In recent years the "taming" of wild animals for performance purposes has drawn accusations of cruelty. .