On World Environment Day, June 5th, Blood Lions will be released worldwide on the new streaming platform www.ecostreamz.com.
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 www.ecostreamz.com 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.”
To watch the film or view the trailer, visit: http://www.ecostreamz.com
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