Every single day in South Africa at least two to three captive bred or tame lions are being killed in canned hunts. And hundreds more are slaughtered annually for the lion bone trade.

The Blood Lions story is a compelling call to action to have these practices stopped.



A documentary feature film that blows the lid off claims made by the predator breeding and canned hunting industries.


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Currently, almost 8 000 predators are being held in cages or confined areas, and none of this has anything to do with conservation. If we don’t act now, that number could well be over 12 000 within the next few years.

We urge everyone to Support the Campaign/Take Action/Join the Movement. You have the power to stop lions being bred for the bullet.

The NSPCA has huge animal welfare concerns for the animals exploited in the captive predator and canned hunting industry in South Africa. This industry is unregulated, uncontrolled and is responsible for untold cruelty. It is a tragedy that our wild animals are reduced to profit making machines. Coupled with this members of public are unwittingly encouraging and supporting this cruelty, so it is vital that the public are aware of the truth behind the industry so they can make informed decisions and hopefully choose not to support such an unethical industry.

Sr.Ainsley Hay, Manager, NSPCA Wildlife Protection Unit

Breeding magnificent wild creatures like lions in camps so that they can be slaughtered for ego and money is unconscionable and should be outlawed.  Lions have the right to live in the wild and to continue playing their unique role within the ecological communities of Africa.  The continued existence of the canned hunting industry is a moral outrage that diminishes us all.  This important film shines a light into the dark corners of this ugly business.

Cormac Cullinan, Cullinan & Associates Incorporated

Cruel, barbaric, macabre – all words used by Australian MPs about lion farming and the canned lion hunting industry in SA.  Our campaign was glad to be able to assist and participate in a full length documentary that aims to expose a brutal industry whose whole business model is routine, egregious cruelty to helpless animals – for fun.

Chris Mercer, Founder, CACH (Campaign Against Canned Hunting)

Captive lions have long been a blemish on South Africa’s wildlife and tourism landscape and their tragic story needed to be exposed before these practices negatively impacted on Brand South Africa. Congratulations to all involved in taking the time and making this happen.

Colin Bell, Tourism consultant and author of “Africa’s Finest”

“As a travel and conservation based organization, we find the “Blood Lions” documentary deeply disturbing. Despite being hard to watch, we urge people to get out there and see it. It is important to shed light on the dark and corrupt business of rearing lions for the purposes of hunting, in hopes of making a positive change. As we polled our membership, we found that individually each of our companies have chosen to stop booking all activities that contribute to this industry.”

The Safari Professionals – 30 Tour Operators based in the US and Canada

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.

Blood Lions lays bare the truth behind the canned hunting industry that, far from contributing to the future survival of the species, may, in fact, accelerate extinction in the wild, leaving behind a trail  littered with rotting corpses of its helpless and hopeless victims.

Will Travers OBE, President Born Free Foundation

The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust, in providing support for the making of this Documentary, does so in the firm belief that it is important that the true facts behind captive lion breeding and canned lion hunting in South Africa, is brought to the attention of a global audience in order to create awareness which in turn will lead to much needed change.

Les Ward MBE, Chairman, The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust

This is a timely, courageous as well as a deeply disturbing documentary. It is at the same time, a voice for the wild and the voiceless … of saying “NO MORE!” to that terrible triad of financial opportunism, deceit and indifference to the non-human animal by those claiming to be conservationists.

Ian McCallum – Author, poet, psychiatrist and naturalist

With the constant pressure on wildlife, every effort must be made to keep our last vestiges of natural fauna and flora protected.    Canned hunting of any kind, along with the related consequences, must be condemned by humanity as not only a travesty of nature but also an utterly inhumane practise.   Taming lion cubs only to later hunt them is an utterly inhumane practice.   It is pseudo-hunting, a complete sham and does not even qualify as hunting on a sustainable use basis.   Wildlife conservation has to evolve into practices that are ethical, humanitarian and sustainable. This will not be achieved if there is not real and fair community involvement which has not been part of the hunting fraternity’s evolution.

Yvette Taylor, Executive Director, The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation

“Canned lion ‘hunting’ is nothing less than a bargain basement opportunity for foreign hunters to engage in one of South Africa’s most sordid practices. Hunting of captive bred lions entirely dependent on human fingerprints from cub to trophy is immoral, unethical and against all animal welfare concerns. The fact that it still continues as profitable commerce is a damning statement against all of us who have not properly engaged to snuff it out. Blood Lions is a good start to bring change.”

Dr Pieter Kat – Director: LionAid

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NEWS UPDATE: SA Tourism CEO responds on cub petting and animal interaction. "I would like to reiterate South African Tourism’s position on cub petting. We are fully cognisant of the global anti-petting lobby and back it unreservedly." Sisa Ntshona Again, Blood Lions commends and welcomes the ethical action and leadership by SA Tourism. We look forward to working with them to ensure wide spread awareness and education around cub petting, predator breeding and canned hunting in South Africa. One seemingly 'small' action by the member of public, who initially sent this photo to us, has resulted in this unified response against a brutal industry. We need your matter how big or small. Wildlands YouthForLions O.R. Tambo International Airport Love South Africa South African National Parks Responsible Travel Green Girls in Africa

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"A very big thank you to Mr. Sanjay Datta, President of Skal International India, and his colleagues for hosting a wonderful event last night at the Roseate Hotel in New Delhi. Blood Lions received an excellent reception from key travel professionals from across the city. My appreciation to Mr. Vineet Agarwal of TCIL and Mr. Mohan Narayanswamy of Travel Scope for sponsoring my travel arrangements, and to Ms. Smita Srivastava of Chalo Africa Tours for organising such a special evening." Pippa Hankinson As Ms. Smita Srivastava said: “Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated". And it is this spirit of the Mahatma that we should all strive, as members of the Indian travel fraternity, to do everything in our power to root out all forms of consumptive and exploitative wildlife-human interactions from our holiday offerings. It is incumbent upon us to educate our traveling public and we must have the courage to go against the tide and stand firm by our principles. So let's actively discourage our guests from activities like petting cute lion cubs in Africa, or drugged tigers in Thailand. By saying “NO" to these types of interactions, you will save the lives of countless wild animals. " Ms. Smita Srivastava of Chalo Africa Tours Wildlands YouthForLions India Tourism SKAL International Official The Roseate New Delhi

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UPDATE: Blood Lions screened at Jaipur International Film Festival last night, followed by Q&A by producer, Pippa Hankinson. “On behalf of the Blood Lions Team, I would like to extend a very big thank you to Hanu Roj and his team for hosting me and for selecting Blood Lions to screen at this wonderful festival in India’s famous ‘Pink City’ last night. It has been a very special few days of screenings, workshops and events. We wish JIFF every success into the future” Jaipur International Film Festival Wildlands YouthForLions India Tourism Ministry of Tourism, Government of India

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