Monday, 27 July 2015

New documentary lays bare South Africa’s brutal canned hunting industry

A powerful new documentary Blood Lions exposes the horrific truth about the predator breeding and canned hunting industries in South Africa. The doccumentary follows Ian Michler, a South African conservationist, and Rick Swazey, an American hunter, on their journey to the heart of those multi-million dollar industries.

Last year alone, over 800 captive lions were shot in South Africa. According to the film makers, Blood Lions “shows in intimate detail how lucrative it is to breed lions, and how the authorities and professional hunting and tourism bodies have become complicit in allowing the industries to flourish”. 

Will Travers OBE, President of the Born Free Foundation, who features in the documentary and official trailer, said: “South Africa’s failure to address the canned hunting industry has emboldened those who make a living out of the death of lions bred, raised and slaughtered on a ‘no kill, no fee’ basis. The canned hunting industry is unnatural, unethical and unacceptable. It delivers compromised animal welfare and zero education. It undermines conservation and creates a moral vacuum now inhabited by the greed and grotesque self-importance of those who derive pleasure in the taking of life.

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