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Aug 142013
 

An investigation into the growing South African industry of hunting lions bred in captivity has reignited a long-running controversy among hunters, captive breeders and animal rights advocates.

The Guardian’s Patrick Barkham investigated the practices of some of the 160 South African farms that legally breed lions and other wild animals — many of which, animal advocates argue, will end up being shot by hunters who pay big bucks (sometimes close to $38,000) for the experience.

African Sky Safaris & Tours – Lion Trophy Photo – Copyright 2012

One of the farms – African Sky Hunting – will arrange for you to shoot an elephant for $35,000 or a lion for the budget price of $22,000 (see price list and trophy photos below):

African Sky Hunting Price List for “Big 5″

African Sky Safaris & Tours – Lion Trophy Photo – Copyright 2012

African Sky Safaris & Tours – Lion Trophy Photo – Copyright 2012

African Sky Safaris & Tours – Lion Trophy Photo – Copyright 2012

African Sky Safaris & Tours – Lion Trophy Photo – Copyright 2012

African Sky Safaris & Tours – Lion Trophy Photo – Copyright 2012

This is the practice known as “canned hunting,” and its popularity has increased significantly in the past few years. The South African Supreme Court in 2010 even struck down a law restricting the practice after lion breeders challenged the legislation.

“In the five years to 2006, 1,830 lion trophies were exported from South Africa,” Barkham notes in his in-depth report on canned lion hunting. “In the five years to 2011, 4,062 were exported, a 122 percent increase, and the vast majority captive-bred animals.”

Lions bred for canned hunting are generally kept in cages and released a few days before the hunt, according to Bloomberg. Pieter Potgieter, chair of the South African Predator Breeders’ Association, defended the canned lion hunts as a perfectly acceptable business.

“The principle that you breed wild animals for economic exploitation is an international norm. It takes place everywhere in the world,” Potgieter told the Agence France-Presse. “The problem is with the lions because the image has been created in the minds of people that the lion is the king of the animals. Walt Disney with his Lion King and all these things, they have created that image.”

Today, more than half of South Africa’s approximately 8,000 lions live in captivity rather than the wild, according to the AFP. Globally, there are around 32,000 African lions, a number which has seen a “substantial decline” and has earned them a “vulnerable” classification by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

While breeders claim their business is legitimate, animal rights advocates at Humane Society International argue the practice is inhumane, unethical and bad for South Africa’s image.

The Campaign Against Canned Hunting calls for a ban on canned hunting in South Africa. Chris Mercer, one of the organization’s founders, said in an email to The Huffington Post that the industry benefits from unsavory practices, such as the renting out of baby lion cubs for unwitting tourists to pet and cuddle.

“This enriches the canned hunting industry and allows lion farmers to externalise much of the cost of rearing the lionstock to huntable age,” Mercer told HuffPost. “Tourists are deceitfully assured that the cubs will be released back to the wild. All of these cubs will eventually be killed by canned hunters.”

Breeders may also capture wild lions — sometimes from neighboring countries — and smuggle them onto the farms, Mercer told Eye Witness News. “This toxic industry is going to poison the conservation of wild lions,” he told the site.

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  292 Responses to “Petition: Stop Lion Canned Hunting in South Africa – Shocking Video”

  1. Seeing lions or any animal being killed for the fun of it is sick seeing giraffe, rhinos and lions and even tigers being killed by pathetic people who find it funny and for what it’s not right killing of the wildlife. It should be stopped and let the wildlife live in the wilderness

  2. Sorry excuse for humans- every single on of those bastards should be shot!!!

  3. Those pics show beautiful animals and UGLY humans.

  4. The Devil runs rampid here. So sad to be part of the human race at times. Disgusting!

  5. Somthing went wrong on this world!!!!! I am ashamed that I am human…

  6. Sport is also when a “trophy” is awarded to a player or team for winning, not killing an animal that was fenced in and then mounting it’s head on a plaque to be hung against a wall. That is a grotesque ornament that could only appeal to a sociopath.
    You’ve got a psycho problem assholes, you need shrink couches, not “hunting” trips.
    And to boot you’re all yellow bellied cowards. Take the animal on bare handed…it is.

  7. Rich scumbag pos ..get a life …

  8. there's a huge difference between canned lion hunting and your so called 'excuses' for killing lions. I lived in East Africa for many years when these things didn't exist. It WAS a paradise . Why do peoiple like Hugh Randall TRY to find an excuse to kill one of the most magnificent animals who never interferred with our lives – in fact there was a time when they made themselves comfortable in our sitting room! I have always maintained that the lion should have a rifle in it's paws to shoot at you dispicable 'hunters' – maybe opinions would change. You "hunters" are so deplorable for such behaviour, for your contribution of eliminating something so beautiful and whatever you like to say 'helping' to one day not finding any wildlife for future generations. You're sick in mind and heart.

  9. This just has to be stopped

  10. Sick people

  11. Hugh Randall I do understand you to a point. The hunters I have known hunt to put food on the table and respect the land and do not take more than they need and that is their way of honoring them because most believe if you don't eat what you hunt/kill, it's a sin. However, Lions have a food chain and it is the Lioness who does the hunting not the lion. Not to mention, apart from some tribes, I have never heard of anyone hunting Lions for foot. No, foreigners go there to specifically hunt animals just to say they did and there is something wrong with that. We need to be careful that these majestic animals are not hunted to extinction.

  12. Breeding lions for trophy hunters is not farming – it killing a noble beast to satisfy those immature people with uncontrolled prime-evil needs- the lusting after blood shedding to boost their flawed egos.

  13. Heartbreaking,all for the sake of mans greed & pathetic ego! Can't watch video,as it would kill me,cant abide this senseless killing of magnificent animals:(:(:(

  14. Hugh Randall … No excuse, they are not lions they are pets.. They are taken away from their mothers , and have no life skills.. they think they are humans , they are pride animals , they are loyal , and then betrayed . Nothing about this it healthy . They should be left in the wilderness.. Africa should be made a special place , supported by the whole world , as a wilderness. Where there is no human interference . We have taken over enough of the planet .. Time for birth control .. we are a plague .

  15. Inbreds. All of them.

  16. Disgusting! These pathetic excuses for human beings need to be re-educated! Th

  17. Stop people destroying Africa's wild life and respect and value the importance of the wild life to us and the planet!

  18. fucking bastards wit a guns can killing with a guns against guns they don’t go!!!! And without a guns against big cats they don’t go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!……..

  19. Did it ever occur to any of you how many people or the good you could have done ith that money…but instead you couldn't even be men/women enough to make it a fair hunt..Trophy my ass…Unless it's a trophy for the biggest piece of shit/coward…

  20. All I can say that there are hundreds of these sick people who work with us or are our next door neighbors without knowing who they are …. serial killers in sheep clothes !!

  21. They called it "Conservation".. how their conservation works is paying say $10,000,00 for a lion ,take the head for him and sold the rest what remains fron the lion to the idiots in the eastern countries (Asians) for say $15,000.00 and then say it is conservation … it paid for itself !!!

  22. yes please vote (see above and vote "yey")against this evil people

  23. Please do your duty and vote "yes" above to stop caned lions please … We need to stop it and the trophy hunting evil that destroy our wildlife at an alarming rate. We live in in civilized world but it seems that we are going backwards to the dark ages if you look and see how these mental sick humans use and abuse our animals and even start killing people now for that matter because they are trigger-happy !!

  24. Hugh Randall I bet you ,you live in the USA … typical knowing better and always the expert on everything !! The human created their own barbaric sport to kill and then they make sure that somebody will use every thing from that animal that they kill for fun just to justify their sick actions to kill for sport … by doing that the trophy hunters set up a market for that and in the same time start poaching for those who cannot pay high dollars to supply to there sick market, Between the hunters and uncontrolled poaching they all fight like piranhas to get as much as they can and do not care if they kill all the wildlife out there. Secondly only idiots makes the comparisons between slaughter of beef, sheep chickens etc. with killing for fun (PS:not slaughter) lions ,elephants, rhinos (and let me add your wolves to this) I live in Namibia born and raised here I know what I am talking about … farmers do not want to farm with crops or livestock anymore and just want to make quick money all to do with greed .Then your congress / fish & wildlife do not want to stop this sick sport because they are all in cahoots … why are they(Americans) all over Africa lately ???They swarm the African countries looking for something to kill or want to help now with the conflict between human and animal bunch of trigger happy killers .. .. just last week the lions that escape from the zoo in Zimbabwe … right at that time there was a trophy hunter ready to kill this big male lion and the females were captured and put back in the zoo .what a coincident!!. Some of your hunter killed our rare dessert lions by playing audio sounds to attract the lion and shot him just as he step foot out of the park .In Tanzania what we called the virgin land of our lions is swarmed by the Americans to kill lions by the hundreds !! this is a place where the lions still roam free for hundreds of years and the conflict between the locals exist also for hundreds of years .. BUT NOW YOUR HUNTERS WILL TAKE CARE OF THE SITUATION !! I hope that you learn from this and educate yourself before your next comment. Our animas do not have a place in this world anymore due the people who argue like you!!!

  25. I can't believe people actually voted no for this. Where is your humanity?

  26. Sick people – sick world. Hope they die in pain and misery! Even children are with absolutely idiot parents!!!

  27. Canned hunting isn’t hunting, it is faux. It is for girly-boys who like impressing their girly-boy friends. I guess it is called “hunting” if the animal is tame, confined, and paid for, otherwise it is called “poaching.” I can’t believe these people have the balls to broadcast themselves all over the web. How obtuse can they get?; everybody but them is hip to the fact they are punk-ass wannabes with no souls. Southpark should do an episode on these idiots.

  28. this brakes my heart

  29. Karma will find these killers someday

  30. They are punch of assholes

  31. THEY SHOULD BE SHOT

  32. They should been canning beets instead , it's murder as far as I'm concerned , unacceptable !!!!

  33. Absolutely unthinkable!!! Who are the true beasts here???

  34. Detener la caza de leones cautivos en South Africa. Por favor, votar, firmar y compartir.

  35. This must end now!

  36. How small must these people feel that they need to kill something in order to feel good and powerful? Let’s make it a more even fight. Send the hunters out there armed only with a knife. I’d like to see the trophy pictures then….

  37. Vegans do just as much harm as meat eaters. Vegetable farming destroys biodiversity and removes habitat that was previously used by wild fauna and flora. Wild lions are scarce, not because they are being shot but because of shrinking habitat due to human pressure. The key to any conservation is the concept of sustainable utilisation.
    Captive lion breeding wouldn't exist if it was not sustainable. Watching lions catch and sometimes eat their prey while it is still alive tells us that our concept of "humane" is exactly that, ours, and we cannot impose it on animals. Therefore it is there to appease our own sensibilities. The truth is that we all compete with animals but that competition must be done in a way that it does not threaten the very existence of those animal species. Captive bred lions create a population of lions that would not otherwise been there and in no way threatens the species. The fact that it affects our sensibilities in no way changes that.

  38. Well Hugh, for your information, I've been vegan for 27 years since I was 24 years old, so maybe you shouldn't assume I eat animal corpses. I agree that there is no difference between any animal and I routinely campaign for animals in the farming industry. I do however still feel the same. People do need shot for the things they do – my logic is fine! For your information – these lions are not bred to be killed for their flesh. They are bred so idiotic humans can go hunting for fun!

  39. I HAVE NOT BEEN THIS ILL SINCE SEEING THE PICTURE OF THE OWNER OF A-1 SAVANNAHS HOLDING A DEAD CARICAL WITH THE SAME BLOOD LUST LOOK ON HIS STUPID FACE. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THESE BASTARDS?? REALLY?? IF YOU REALLY HAVE TO DO STUPID STUFF LIKE THAT WHY DON’T YOU BE A REAL MAN AND GO AFTER THESE CATZ WITH A BOING KNIFE?? WHAT IS YOUR MENTAL MALFUNCTION THAT MAKES YOU WANT TO DO THIS? WHAT SHORT COMINGS ARE YOU TRYING TO OVER COMPENSATE FOR, ANYWAY? NEVER MIND…. I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND, ANYWAY. PLEASE SIGN THIS PATITION, IF LIFE MATTERS TO YOU. ALL LIFE IS IMPORTANT…. (MAYBE NOT, LOOKING AT THESE DORKS AND THEIR “TROPHY LIONS” THAT ARE HAND RAISED CATS
    !) >^..^<

  40. I think some logical thought would be useful before posting a comment like this. If you are a meat eater, you kill animals every day; you may hire somebody else to do it for you and then scavenge the meat, but you are instrumental in that death. So what is the difference between you and the lion killer. I am sure every part of the lion is used just like a cow is. And just like that cow, it was bred for that purpose. I have no interest in breeding and killing lions, shooting people who disagree with me.

  41. friggin losers cant u find anythg better to do than kill animals.

  42. As a conservationist, I would prefer to see them stop wild lion hunting first! We purpose breed all sorts o animals to kill, fish, birds, mammals, even reptiles! Why not lions? Logically, there is no difference to breeding and killing a sheep for money than there is doing the same thing with a lion! And every person who eats meat is also a killer even if it is by proxy. Competition for habitat from people kill far more wild animals than bullets ever have or will.

  43. You are a bunch of idiots who see these beautiful creatures as a commodity. Wake Up?!

  44. This is so horrible. And then to pose there like they're big shots….

  45. these people show a total disrespect for nature… I would like to
    see them lined up in a canned hunt…. They give all humans a bad name.. look at those disgusting families all proud to murder a magnificent animal… they are souless monsters and I hate them.

  46. What the hell is wrong with you, evil killers!!

  47. What a cowards and disgrace :-(

  48. This is disgusting and it needs to be stopped urgently!!!!

  49. Unbelievable. So stupid. So very sad. Lets all hope each and everyone of those hunters dies a very painful, long, and slow death

  50. I hate you all for killing these animals for trophies. It’s a sin against God for killing his creation for trophies. Depraved asses. Hurts my soul to the core to see this. I hope you rot in a dark hell for your actions.

  51. How can these people that posed with an easy kill think they are so cool ? They all look like fools !!!!

  52. Regardless that they're being "captive bred" specifically for these ridiculous canned hunts, all of these "trophy" animals are on the Endangered Species list…meaning they are on the fast track to extinction. Trophy and sport hunting of endangered species is the ultimate in human arrogance and complacency. These so-called hunters are utterly sickening.

  53. MURDERING COWARDS HUMANS THAT DO THIS ARE SICK AND THE ONES THAT TAKE THEIR OWN FAMILYS WITH THEM TO COMMIT THIS ATROCITY DONT DESERVE TO BREATHE

  54. Hunting was always a means of survival, the canned hunt industry promotes the thrill of killing for a trophy, that's all. Canned hunts do not help with conservation, as always money and greed take over and wild populations inevitably become the victims of that greed, as more are needed to satisfy the customers love of the kill. As for the captive bred animals, they don't know they are supposed to fear humans and are pretty much sitting ducks. Sad

  55. How utterly tragic and lacking in dignity has South Africa become! How tragic is our circumstance that this is what we are breeding to do and enhance a tragic bloody sport for financial gain! I am South African and ashamed!

  56. They smile gleefully,yes they have slaughtered a majestic lion through a fence..WHY do people need to kill anything…for kicks?..what chance does the lion have?What skill needed?NONE!Just suffering . What has the world come to..it goes on and on..the devil is winning.

  57. es werden mehr Wieldtiere von Menschen getötet als Menschen von Tieren

  58. SAD,SAD,SAD THEY MUST BE STOPPED.

  59. All that killing for a BIG HEAD, These poor animals deserve better!!! I hope someone can help them and get these morons some jail time!

  60. seeing these pics makes me sick literally.sport my ass,one thing it is not is a sport.
    Sport is when individuals or teams compete against each other under equal circumstances to determine who
    is better at a given game or endeavor. Hunting will be a sport when lions,rhinos,elephants,deers, elk, wolves,bears etc…
    are… given 12-gauge shotguns

    I can not fathom how anyone can find delight in killing an innocent animal who has no hope of surving a shot gun!?!! These animals are frequently hand-raised and bottle fed, so they have lost their
    natural fear of people.For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other indeed.

  61. Cowardly morons, every last one… and a special moron prize to those that make their blood money from this despicable business.

  62. Yeah, like they need camouflage and all the trapping to hunt inside a fence.

  63. am disgusted at these people that pull the trigger are as sick in the mind as the people they pay to do this…

  64. This is so disturbing, it takes a sick evil person(s) to do this! I say let them hunt but without their stupid weapons, that's only fair! Hope these people get just what they deserve, in this life and the next!

  65. call this sport? You mongrel cowardly bastards. Shooting is too bloody good for you all.

  66. Makes me sick – to see this! What drives a person the need to kill a innocent animal. cowards all of them.

  67. I can not understand the need by some people to kill a innocent animal. They think they are brave – to go out and hunt a staged kill – they are cowards all of them, and to teach their children that this sort of thing is acceptale is just plain sick, and ignorant.

  68. !!!!!

  69. sick people however i dont blame them i blame the government of their country letting come and do what they want

  70. Totally disgusted that this still happens…. Morans…

  71. SIGNED & SHARED ON MY FB WALL.

  72. fuck humans who does that truly are not humans are monster.

  73. Jill Bellrose Slade no words I should write in public…repulsive "humans"

  74. What the hell are these people smiling about?! Gah!

  75. Trophy hunting is just stupid and cruel.

  76. despicable, disrespectful, greed-driven practice. those who participate are frightening

  77. asshole cowards.

  78. why dont you have fun killing yourselves?

  79. Any kind of hunting or poaching is disgraceful! The human race is destroying God's creations that he entrusted us with! These animals deserve to live a full and happy life as much as we do!

  80. Wer darauf stolz ist hat arge Probleme mit seiner Schwanzgröße. Und die dummen Weiber…Schande für mein Geschlecht. Ich hoffe ihr pflanzt euch nicht noch fort!

  81. Killing animals for no reason (hunting) is for assholes who have no idea how to give some meaning to their live.

  82. There's a world of healthy-minded/hearted individuals moving mountains on behalf of our helpless underdogs. The more atrocities exposed to the masses, the more powerful are our voices and actions. Continue your heroic efforts, animals lovers around the globe, shining your light and raising your voices for those who have none.

  83. ulrike du sagst es, scheiß kohle!!! wie krank sind diese menschen??? Ohne waffen hätten diese arschlöcher keine chance, feige schweine…einfach nur herzlos :-( wann hört das endlich auf???

  84. killing innocent animals is not hunting especially when its canned killing – stop killing our wildlife and start saving it before its too late!

  85. Killing is NOT fun or sport. People who enjoy this need to get their heads checked.

  86. I want my Grandchildrten to see live lions not dead ones you bloody morons.

  87. These people for some sick reason think they are hero's ,they are assholes and so ,so ignorant and backwards

  88. Yes it has to be stopped immediately!!

  89. Das sind reiche Arschlöcher die nicht wissen wo hin mit ihren Geld .Posen mit eine getöteten Tier und denke das es voll Männlich ist .Für mich sind das Männer ohne Eier und ich wurde ihnen nur ins Gesicht spucken weil sie weniger wert sind als Dreck .

  90. Only cowards hunt animals that can’t fight back!

  91. So, they are proud of themselves??!! How sad.

  92. This is horrible as there are not enough lions as it is and now that country is allowing them to be hunted , and now other animals and what for it is all about money

  93. Murders!! That’s what they are, go hunt each other and call it sport.

  94. Oh Mighty Hunters!! What fools-selfish slugs with entirely too much money and too much time on their hands. Ever occur to them to do something Constructive. Guess not. Bet not one of these slugs ever participated in a war where the "prey" can shoot back. If ever put in that position, also bet they would soil themselves, drop their guns an run in the opposite direction.

  95. STOP A LA CAZA DEL LEÓN!!! CASTIGOS A LOS CAZADORES!!!

  96. Sick & Cruelty in the 1st degree. Barbaric behaviour from cowardly men .

  97. This is so awful, I feel like throwing up! Hunters should hunt each other till death!

  98. The hunters have e no respect for the magnificent creature like the lion. What does it do, make them feel as powerful with pressing a trigger? Why not send them into fight with the lion unarmed?

  99. how ugly do these retards look , vile practice

  100. These Cowards Photos Should Be in the "Coward's Hall of Shame". These lions didn't have a chance against your state of the art killing weapons.

  101. sick….. they should be ashamed…

  102. Look at all the big brave hunters–killing captive animals. Disgusting!!!

  103. I would like to shoot them the same way they shoot poor animals

  104. Karma please rain down on these sick scum….soon…

  105. Please stop cruel hunting , this is wrong , give them free run to the wild , protect our wildlife , give love and respect their ecosystem and habitat, Thank you

  106. This is appalling! What the hell is wrong with you people!

  107. It is always about the money, people have become so greedy and could care less about these magnificent creatures. They are not"just animals" they are NOT disposable and their lives matter. This needs to be stopped now. This makes me furious, killing to just kill is just beyond sick.

  108. Crime

  109. If I was going to visit Africa I would go to see living animals not laying dead due to some moron needing to boost his ego.The fact that these animals have no way of escaping make it even more sickening.

  110. I'd love to wipe that smile off the faces of those disgusting people. Smiling over the dead body of a beautiful innocent animal that they killed for fun!!! Fun? There is something seriously wrong with them.

  111. MURDERS!!

  112. These men are so stupids. They are worth than animals who use to kill for they survey. Really ashamed! And pitfull!

  113. horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  114. I want to shoot the subhumans who perpetrate this cruelty.

  115. Good thought! I'll certainly kick in my share…provided I get to shoot one too!

  116. What kind of useless piece of shit would consider this as sport?

  117. um dia… eu gostaria de caçar estes caçadores

  118. human beast

  119. I cannot believe that it is 2013 and people are this ignorant. Killing a lion, or an elephant, or any of these beautiful animals is unforgivable. And for what? Disgraceful

  120. All hunters are bastards!

  121. They need a shot to the ass!!!!!

  122. Hunt the hunters.The only good hunter is a dead one.Establish formalized hunt the hunter travel expeditions. An eye for an eye is fabulous!!!!!!!

  123. where do we sign this petition?

  124. bande de crevures laches, un aller direct pour l enfer pour vous et vos enfants.

  125. This is no sport and the people that practice this sort of thing are less than the animals they slaughter.

  126. SOMEONE SHOULD HUNT THESE ' F#%KERS ' AND BLOW THEM AWAY!

    WHY DON'T THEY DONATE THEIR SCUM MONEY TO CHARITIES INSTEAD OF KILLING THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS! ALSO WHY ARE ELEPHANTS BE KILLED BY THIS SCUM , ALL THE WHILE POACHERS ARE BEING HELD RESPONSIBLE! SOMETHING BETTER BE DONE TO STOP THESE SMUG ASSHOLES. EVEN FEMALES ARE ALRIGHT IN DOING THIS! OBVIOUSLY
    THEY HAVE TO MUCH MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS. AND TO THINK OTHER FAMILIES PAY HARD EARNED MONEY TO ENJOY SEEING THE WILDLIFE. I HOPE THEY DON'T MAKE IT HOME!

  127. Weak, sad, stupid people; they have to kill a beautiful animal from a distance to feel better about themselves.

  128. Barbaric, absolutely awful, I can't believe this is legal.

  129. Sadly this type of thing makes human less than animals…..inhumane. Can't watch the video it makes me sick and angry.

  130. These grinning idiots make me sick. I would love nothing more than to knock their teeth out, wiping those stupid grins right off their toothless faces!

  131. STOP! STOP! STOP!

  132. so sad that this is how people chose to spend time and money what does this say about us as a society.

  133. How much to shoot the hunters? ; )

  134. Bunch of stupid and heartless people I hope all they die murdered without any mercyand all in front of their family!

  135. cruelty of human!

  136. Horrible! I hope those people are proud of themselves and that they sleep well at night!

  137. Amazing the numbers who say yes to this primitive activity!

  138. The people who have voted “no” need bloody shot! Sick vile morons!

  139. Absolutely disgusting activity that should be outlawed.

  140. The people who have voted "no" need bloody shot! Sick vile morons!

  141. Absolutely disgusting activity that should be outlawed.

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