Canned lion hunting is the practice of shooting lions that are kept in a cage or confined area. The “shooters” pay large sums of money to kill the animals. Most of the lions used in canned hunts have been bred on a farm to be killed.
Lion Farms & Canned Hunting in South Africa
According to a 2013 story by The Guardian,
“Moreson ranch is one of more than 160 such farms legally breeding big cats in South Africa. There are now more lions held in captivity (upwards of 5,000) in the country than live wild (about 2,000). While the owners of this ranch insist they do not hunt and kill their lions, animal welfare groups say most breeders sell their stock to be shot dead by wealthy trophy-hunters from Europe and North America, or for traditional medicine in Asia.”
The Cook Report – Canned Lion Hunting
From Roger Cook (The Cook Report), who reported on canned lion hunting in Africa:
“So-called ‘canned hunting’ involves unfairly preventing the target animal from escaping the hunter, thereby eliminating ‘fair chase’ and guaranteeing the hunter a trophy – for which he will have paid up to £25,000. The hapless animal is handicapped either by being confined to a small enclosure or because it has lost its fear of humans as a result of hand-rearing. Some are even tranquilised, as the Cook Report found in South Africa when it brought this ghastly trade to public attention in 1997.
After the programme, the Mandela government outlawed the practice, but this enlightened change in the law was successfully challenged under succeeding administrations by the influential Predator Breeders Association – and is now both legal and flourishing. There are fewer than 3000 lions left in the ’wild’ in South Africa, but more than 8,000 in captivity, being bred – like grouse – exclusively to be shot. What’s more, some of the volunteers who have paid to help raise them have been deliberately misled into believing that they are helping conservation. Nothing could be further from the truth.
This is a multi-million pound industry, founded on cruelty and fuelled by money. It is certainly not a sport. The South African Government needs to be persuaded to close it down, once and for all…”
More About Canned Lions
CannedLion.org – The Campaign Against Canned Hunting
The Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH) is an animal advocacy group founded by Chris Merce and Bev Perva.
“There are fewer than 4000 lions left in the ’wild’ in South Africa, but more than 8,000 in captivity, being bred for the bullet or the arrow. Lion farming is a real threat to wild lion prides, for many reasons. going capture of wild lions to introduce fresh blood into captive breeding, and the growth of the lion bone trade to Asia will impact severely on wild lions from poaching. This toxic and cruel industry needs to be closed down.”
Effort to Ban Australians from Participating in Canned Hunts
Join the fight against canned lion hunting. Visit the CACH website at www.cannedlion.org.
In 1992, the metal band Megadeth released the album Countdown to Extinction. The title track of the album is about canned lion hunting.
“The main idea came from Nick, who saw and article in Time magazine about these assholes who poach and hunt animals [like James Hetfield, for example?]. It disgusted all of us. These guys get ten to twenty thousand dollars per animal, depending on the rarity of the species. We all felt it was the perfect example of a society going mad, becoming extinct.”
Countdown To Extinction