Join the #YouthForLions Global Movement!
Blood Lions® is a movie that sheds light on the South African predator breeding, canned hunting, cub petting and lion bone trade industries. The team at YouthForLions are here to inform and engage with YOU, the young people of the world, around these exploitative industries and how cub petting, walking with lions and volunteering at lion farms is contributing to their success.
Did you know that every single day in South Africa at least 2 to 3 captive bred or tame lions are being killed in canned hunts? We invite you to get involved and be part of a global youth movement for lions!
Some important things to know
Visiting Lion Parks
Many lion parks are the face of breeding facilities! By visiting these farms and interacting with wild animals you are directly funding the captive breeding and canned hunting industry. There is no conservation value in breeding lions and predators in captivity, despite what the business owners might have you believe. There are a few ‘real’ lion & predator sanctuaries though, see the YouthForLions toolkit (below) for important questions you need to ask to make sure you’re visiting a legitimate sanctuary. Read more here or watch “Should Lions be bred for the bullet?” for more information.
Cuddling and Petting Lion cubs
Who wouldn’t want to cuddle a lion cub, right? Lion cubs are adorable! Sadly though, interacting with lion cubs tames them and this means that they are unable to be released back into the wild. By paying to pet a lion cub you are essentially habituating them to humans, so they become easier to hunt when they’re too old and dangerous to pet! Read more here or watch “Should we be petting cubs and walking with lions?” for more information.
Walking with Lions
Walking with lions has become a popular addition to ordinary walking safari’s, giving the visitors a feeling of walking alongside a “wild” animal. The lions are trained (often using cruel techniques) to pose for photographs and cooperate for treats. The reality is that the owners of these lions are waiting for them to reach an age when they are old enough to be hunted. Read more here or watch “Should we be petting cubs and walking with lions?” for more information.
Young people from all around the world come to “wild” South Africa to volunteer. They are often made to believe that they will be contributing to conservation, with the services or assistance they offer at a specific facility, as well as with the large amount of money they pay for the volunteer experience. Essentially volunteers are used to hand rear and tame these animals so they are easier to handle, train and ultimately hunt. Read more here or watch “Wildlife Volunteering – conservation or con?“ for more information.
Do you know enough already to want to get involved?
YES! I want to join the movement!
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