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Captive bred lions are killed in canned hunts and slaughtered for the lion bone trade. Join Blood Lions’ call to action to end these practices.
When travelling in South Africa, please THINK before you VISIT, CUDDLE, WALK, VOLUNTEER or SHOOT.
The Blood Lions Goal is to bring an end to canned hunting and the exploitative breeding of lions and other predators on farms across South Africa.
The award winning Blood Lions® feature documentary premiered in 2015. At the same time the Blood Lions Campaign was launched to create global awareness around the captive predator breeding, canned hunting and lion bone industries as well as the related exploitative wildlife interactive tourism practices.
Furthermore, the campaign encourages viewers of the film, visitors to Africa and followers on social media to make responsible choices about visiting or supporting wildlife interactive tourism facilities and activities. Through awareness and by reducing demand for exploitative products, the campaign aims to bring an end to the exploitation of captive-bred wild animals.
The Campaign is anchored by the Blood Lions® film, a strong and active digital media platform, and various specific campaigns with key international partners.
The Blood Lions team, which includes you, will plan and implement campaigns of awareness and action aimed at the following stakeholders:
1. The general public
2. Government (both local and international) and provincial decision-makers
3. The scientific and conservation community (NGO’s)
4. The tourism industry
5. The professional hunting bodies
6. The volunteer agencies
What You Need To Know
Breeding predators in cages and confined areas is not only about canned or captive hunting – there are a number of additional revenue streams and none have anything to do with conservation.
Before deciding whether to visit, volunteer or hunt we ask that you consider the following:
On Breeding & Canned Hunting
Watch this short clip on Canned Hunting: https://youtu.be/hqL7mVX642Y
On Volunteerism & Conservation
1. Very few, if any of the private lion farms and predator breeding facilities in South Africa can be regarded as genuine conservation undertakings as they do not work in conjunction with recognized lion ecologists and scientists or any of the global predator conservation agencies.
2. Most are simply breeding or holding predators for a variety of commercial purposes and making use of volunteers has become one of the most lucrative revenue streams. Some facilities are earning in excess of US$100 000 in some months from their volunteer programmes alone.
3. There has not been a successful lion reintroduction programme using captive bred and reared lions in South Africa. Lion conservationists warn that captive bred lions are not suitable for reintroduction programmes.
4. There are only a handful of authentic wildlife sanctuaries in South Africa and they do not breed, trade (they mostly receive animals rather than going out to acquire them) or interact with the animals in any way.
5. South Africa has no need to be breeding lions for release into wilderness areas. In addition, if there was such a need, using hand-reared or human-imprinted and genetically contaminated lions is not an acceptable way of doing this.
6. Taking lion cubs away from their mothers is not a natural process and is only done to exploit the animals and you as the visitor or volunteer.
7. Very few, if any of the cubs you pet and cuddle have been ‘abandoned’ or rescued in the wild.
8. Using breeding farms as an educational facility is like using fast-food outlets as a venue to teach about nutrition and good eating habits. In other words, breeding farms and petting facilities do not serve any educational purpose. Instead, they promote the cycle of breeding and captivity.
9. In general, the quality and validity of information being given out to visitors on South Africa’s predator farms and facilities is poor. It is also confusing vital conservation messages and priorities.
10. These operations are taking in significant sums of money, which in some ways is a misdirection of valuable conservation funding.
11. If you do find yourself on a breeding farm or predator facility, be sure to ask the following questions:
· Do they offer any activities based on animal and human interaction?
· If it claims to be a sanctuary, do they offer life-long care for the animals?
· Are they trading in animals?
· Where did all the animals come from and where do some of them go?
· Who is their recognized predator ecologist or scientist?
· Have any of their animals been released into the wild? And if so, where and when?
12. Before enrolling as a volunteer or going as a visitor, check the social media sites and blogs for comments and feedback on the particular farm or facility.
Watch this short clip on Wildlife Volunteering: https://youtu.be/zfi5gIF8KkE
Watch this short clip on Wildlife Petting and Interactions: https://youtu.be/qpgBahmABuE
On the Lion Bone and Other Trade Options
1. The lion bone trade is a relatively new revenue stream for the breeders and farmers and has come about as lion bones are now being used as an alternative to tiger bones in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
2. Over 1 000 lions are killed annually for the burgeoning lion bone trade. This is up from 287 carcasses exported in 2010.
3. As has been the case with various other wildlife species, a legal trade promotes demand and a parallel illegal market. This in turn puts pressure on wild lion populations.
4. Lions and other predators are being exported to private collectors, mostly in the Middle and Far East. These collectors are keeping the animals under appalling conditions, often confined to small spaces within the boundaries of major cities.
5. As the demand for lion bone increases, so will the intensive breeding practices. In time, lions may well end up being bred under agricultural conditions.
6. Although ‘tiger bone wine’ has been used in TCM for at least 1 000 years or more, there are no known medicinal properties.
7. Often under the guise of scientific and/or research purposes, predators are also being sold to private and public zoos around the world, many of which are in a poor state.
By supporting these facilities and activities, either as a day visitor, volunteer or hunter you are not contributing to conservation. Instead, you are party to spreading the misinformation and the horrors some of the world’s most iconic wild species are facing.
Our Campaign Progress
The Blood Lions team have already made significant progress:
1. We have filmed and produced Blood Lions, the first feature documentary that looks at all aspects of predator breeding in South Africa.
2. We have been able to get the film accepted into various film festivals around the world.
3. This website has become a global platform to raise awareness around the issues as well as acting as a co-ordinated call for action.
4. We have addressed both the Australian and European Parliaments on the issues and have briefed decision-makers, conservationists and scientists in both regions. As a result of the visit to Australia, that country has become the first to ban the importation of lion trophies into the country.
5. We have started assembling a coalition of conservation, tourism and scientific NGO’s and other organizations against the practices.
We have undertaken to be partners for change with various Ministries in the South African government.
For a full list of our campaign successes, visit the Blood Lions Campaign Milestones page.
The Official trailer for Blood Lions, a documentary that exposes the terrible truth behind the predator breeding and canned lion hunting industries in South Africa: http://www.bloodlions.org/
WATCH the full documentary - Blood Lions is now available worldwide for download: http://wildlifeconservationchannel.co...
Sr.Ainsley Hay, Manager, NSPCA Wildlife Protection Unit
Cormac Cullinan, Cullinan & Associates Incorporated
Chris Mercer, Founder, CACH (Campaign Against Canned Hunting)
Colin Bell, Tourism consultant and author of “Africa’s Finest”
The Safari Professionals – 30 Tour Operators based in the US and Canada
Will Travers OBE, President Born Free Foundation
Les Ward MBE, Chairman, The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust
Ian McCallum – Author, poet, psychiatrist and naturalist
Yvette Taylor, Executive Director, The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation
Dr Pieter Kat – Director: LionAid
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