It has come to our attention that an organisation called ‘Les Felins’ apparently run by Mr Cyril Leduc has been using excerpts of Blood Lions’ material online to create the impression that our organisations are affiliated or in some way connected. This is false. Neither Blood Lions nor its affiliated organisations have any connection or relationship whatsoever with ‘Les Felins’ or Leduc. Consequently, we would urge the public to exercise caution in any dealings with ‘Les Felins’ or Leduc. 

Issued by Blood Lions, 27 October 2017  


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Campaign Donors

This project has been made possible with the support of:

Marchig Animal Welfare Trust
Fondation Marchig

Bellevue Cafe
Bouwers Inc.
Bowman Gilfillan
Ekima Travel
Hirt & Carter
The Lion Match Company
Maria Norbury Foundation
Patrick George
Pure Wellness
Remgro Limited
Whalley Collective

Film Donors

The Blood Lions Film was made possible with the support of:

Marchig Animal Welfare Trust
Fondation Marchig

Bowman Gilfillan
CACH, Campaign Against Canned Hunting
The Greenbaum Foundation
Maria Norbury Foundation
Regulus Vision Pty Ltd
The Summerlee Foundation
Avin Lieberman, Dana Lieberman & Maurice Fernandez
Colin & Robin Manoy
Franey Foundation
Lucy Hattingh
Paul Johnson
Philip and Trix Wollen
Sheryl Leach
Trevor & Shannon Norwitz

Partners & Associates

All our “Born to Live Wild Travel” Partners

Olivia Ahnemann (Ocean Preservation Society)
Kirsten Allen
Karl Ammann
Franziska Baur
Alan Baxter
Caroline Bayly (Classic Escapes)
Suzy Belcher
Fran Bell
Nolene Berry

Megan Black & Michael Tilney
Peter Borchert (Untold Africa)
Andries Botha
Anthony Bourke
Mandla Buthelezi
Roderick Campbell (Director Research, Australia Institute)
Duncan Cambell & Edna Brillon
Johan Calitz
Sandra Clark & Charles Whobrey
Dr. Paul Cole
Juliet Cullinan
Wim Dekok (World Animal Net)
Rod Delaney
Duong Viet Hong
Sam & Leigh Eastwood
Kerry Egner (Dark Continent Videos)
Traci Farrell
Susie Gale
Donald & Ali Greig (Donald Greig Sculpture)
Kirsten Geyser

Mark Hamilton
Guy & Lisa Jane Hamlin (Luthuli Private Game Reserve)
Mike Hankinson
Gene Hines
David Groode
Adrienne Hall & Annie Costner
Stephen Hartney
Phil Hattingh
Stella Horgan
Hon Greg Hunt MP, Member for Flinders Minister for the Environment, Australia
Robin Hurt
Susan Huxter (Le Quartier Francais)
Priscilla Indrio
Christine Jordaan
Hazel Jeannes
Joe Kennedy (Table Mountain Films)
Thea Khama
Bronwyn Kimsey
Adrian King
Mark Kuiszo (Eyes on Africa)
Ari Kushner
Brad Laughlin
Sheryl Leach & Howard Rosenfeld
Julie Liebenberg
MTV News Finland
Zig MacIntosh
Duncan MacNeillie
Jan & Gordon McGlashan
Michaelhouse School
Greg Mitchell
Dr. Peter Morkel

Darren & Carin Ogden
Gareth Patterson
Sirpa Pietikainen (MEP, Finland)
Louie Psihoyos (Ocean Preservation Society)
Michael Ranocha (Ranocha Film Und TV Produktion)
Annie & Rene Rey
Fenella Rivalland (Loud Crowd Media)
Peter Rutsch
Paul Saayman
Didi Schoeman (ProAfrica TV)
Bryan Seymour (Seven Network, Australia)
Ronit Shapiro
Karin Slater (In de Light)
Brenda Stewart & Sharon Brett
Michaela Strachan
Ronnie Thompson
Jim & Helen Turnbull
Hein Ungerer
Janet van Eeden
Pierre van Heerden
Tessa van Schaik
Jacques van Tonder
Birgitta Wahlberg (Trophy Free EU Group)
James Weis, Nicky Glover & Bryen Hensley
Mr Jason Wood MP, Member for La Trobe, Australia
Robyn Young
Tozie Zokufa

The Marchig Animal Welfare
The Greenbaum Foundation
Foundation Marchig
Maria Norbury Foundation
Remgro Limited
The Summerlee Foundation
IFAW, The International Fund for Animal Welfare
Bowmans Law
CACH, Campaign Against Canned Hunting
Ekima Afrika Travel
Pure Wellness
Bellevue Cafe
Lion Match Company

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

Canned Lion