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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National Geographic talks to Blood Lions, Ian Michler after US ban on captive bred lion trophies. 'Captive-bred lions serve no conservation purpose because hand-reared lions cannot be released into the wild, according to wildlife experts.' Via NatGeo Wildlands YouthForLions National Geographic Magazine

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BREAKING NEWS: United States bans import of lion trophies from captive lion populations. Today is a momentous one for all those fighting South Africa’s twin horrors; the captive breeding of predators and canned or captive hunting. Dan Ashe, The Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that, “Beginning today, the United States will not allow the import of lion trophies taken from captive lion populations in South Africa.” He then went on to say that, “In order to permit the import of lion trophies under the ESA, exporting nations like South Africa must provide clear evidence showing a demonstrable conservation benefit to the long-term survival of the species in the wild. In the case of lions taken from captive populations in South Africa, that burden of proof has not been met.” #BLOODLIONS applauds US Fish & Wildlife for introducing this new legislation, which in many ways is even more significant than the earlier bans introduced by Australia, France and Netherlands So many people and organizations from around the world have become part of the campaign to end these unethical practices because they also believe they have no place in conservation. The Blood Lions team acknowledges and thanks you all as well – the overwhelming majority of scientific and conservation agencies, almost the entire ectotourism community, so many ethical hunting organizations, Governments and their agencies, as well as the millions upon millions of global citizens that have become activists for the cause. It is now incumbent upon the breeders and hunters as well as the South African authorities to respond accordingly. Photo below: Blood Lions Ian Michler with Dan Ashe at the screening of the film at the CITES convention. Full story: Wildlands YouthForLions Traveller24 Africa Geographic For the Love of Wildlife Humane Society International International Fund for Animal Welfare - IFAW Lion Aid Born Free USA International Campaign Against Canned Hunting Panthera

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We have arrived and have received great support for our screenings so far. Our second screening was last night with over 200 students in attendance for the Texas Christian University event. To book your tickets for any of the upcoming screenings, pease visit this site: http\:// Wildlands YouthForLions Empowers Africa The Humane Society of the United States - California International Fund for Animal Welfare - IFAW Born Free USA

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"If we can start seriously clamping down on the demand side, then it will impact things here in South Africa.”…

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NEWS: @NatGeo interviews Blood Lions, Ian Michler after US ban of captive lion trophies:

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'Captive-bred lions serve no conservation purpose because hand-reared lions cannot be released into the wild'

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