Fliek mislei oor geblikte leeus

‘n Private reservaat naby Bloemfontein wat in die dokumentere rolprent Blood Lions met die teel van “geblikte leeus” verbind word, het gister nog ‘n kans gekry om sy reputasie te herstel.

Regter Eunice Mokgohloa het vroeer in die hooggeregshof in Pietermaritzburg ‘n aansoek van die Zanchieta Wild Cat Farm om die verdere verspreiding van die rolprent te verbied en ook dat beeldmateriaal van drie van Zanchieta se leeus uit die rolprent en sy lokprent gehaal moet word, van die hand gewys.

Gister het Zanchieta in die hooggeregshof in Polokwane, waarvan Mokgohloa nou die adjunkregterpresident is, verlof gekry om teen die uitspraak te appelleer.

Zanchieta gaan nou voor ‘n volbank in die hooggeregshof in Pietermaritzburg teen die uitspraak appelleer.

Intussen berei Willie Botha van Willie J. Bothaprokureurs in Bloemfontein dagvaardings vir skadevergoeding van honderdduisende rande voor teen Regulus Vision, die vervaardigingsmaatskappy in Durban, en die agt trustees van Wildlands Conservation Trust, uitvoerende vervaardiger van die rolprent, weens die verliese wat Zanchieta ly.

Luidens Zanchieta se hofstukke herken mense die leeus William Wallace, Kalahari en Okavango in die rolprent en advertensiemateriaal, hoewel n6g Zanchieta n6g die leeus se name in Blood Lions genoem word.

Die indruk word daarin gewek dat die drie leeus “geblikte leeus” is.

Sedert die uitreiking van die rolprent en sy lokprente weier agente om buitelandse vrywilligers wat betaal om met die wilde diere te werk na Zanchieta te verwys.

Zanchieta maak vir sy voortbestaan op die inkomste uit vrywilligers staat.

In ‘n hofverklaring van Lizette van Schalkwyk, eienaar van Zanchieta, blyk dit Pippa Hankinson, vervaardiger van die rolprent, en Ian Michler, verteller in die rolprent, het Jeanna Gous, ‘n werknemer van Zanchieta, mislei toe hulle die plaas middel 2014 besoek het.

Hulle het ‘n onderhoud met Gous en ‘n begeleide toer op die plaas vir navorsingsdoeleindes gevra.

Zanchieta se Michler se vertellings en “waarnemings” in die rolprent is nie waar nie en word uit verband geruk. Dit is nie ‘n ware weergawe van wat Gous aan hom in die onderhoud se nie.

Sy stel dit duidelik dat Zanchieta op geen manier by “geblikte leeus” betrokke is nie en sulke praktyke nie goedkeur nie.

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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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