On World Environment Day, June 5th, Blood Lions will be released worldwide on the new streaming platform

The film is a work of passion, exposing the cruelty for profit that the canned hunting industry entails.

‘Canned hunting’ – the controversial shooting of captive-bred lions in enclosures – has been laid bare by a powerful new investigative documentary, Blood Lions, winner of a string of international awards but until now not easy to access by members of the public.

“The Blood Lions team is delighted to have partnered with Ecostreamz for this important release of our film on World Environment Day. A big “thank you” for amplifying access around the world. The film was produced not only to create global awareness around the captive lion breeding and canned hunting industry in South Africa – where thousands of lions are mass bred to be killed each year for large profits – but it is also a “call to action” to tourists and young international volunteers when visiting this country. Our hope is that Blood Lions will encourage all who view the film to make conscious choices when considering wildlife interactive tourism, and to understand that cub petting and walking with lions are simply part of this cruel cycle. At the end of the day, we are all being challenged as to our roles and responsibilities regarding our relationship with and treatment of these magnificent creatures – indeed
all animals – not only for us, but for future generations to come.” Film Producer, Pippa Hankinson.

Jim Branchflower, founder and CEO of Ecostreamz, said, “For some, lions are just a commodity, cruelly abused to make money from cub-petting, canned hunting and selling their bones for traditional Chinese medicine. We are proud to play a role in this important campaign to end their suffering. Any caring person who watches Blood Lions will want to back the campaign to ban the practice.”

Ecostreamz is designed to bring films such as Blood Lions – films that make a difference – to activists and interested members of the public all over the world. Browse to see hundreds of issue-led documentaries on animal welfare, wildlife conservation, human rights and the environment.

World Environment Day is held on 5th June every year by the United Nations to raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage people to treat the planet, and other species with whom we share it, with respect.

Ian Redmond, OBE, co-founder of Ecostreamz and Ambassador for the UN Convention on Migratory Species, said, “Lions are in big trouble – their numbers are falling across Africa and last year they were listed on the Convention on Migratory Species because they need collaborative action between the wildlife departments of neighboring countries when they cross international boundaries. Canned hunting is a dishonest sham and must be stopped. Even professional hunters condemn it. Not only does it cause untold suffering and reduces a magnificent species to a commodity, the sale of lion bones stimulates the demand that leads big cats everywhere to be targeted by poachers. We need to focus on reducing demand for big cat bones and protecting their habitat and prey so that their numbers in the wild can recover.”


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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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