~~June 10, 2014~~
A canned hunt is a trophy hunt in which an animal is kept in a confined area, such as in a fenced-in area, increasing the likelihood of the hunter obtaining a kill. According to one dictionary, a canned hunt is a “hunt for animals that have been raised on game ranches until they are mature enough to be killed for trophy collections.”
“An estimated 8000 Lions bred in captivity”
Canned Hunting is the hunting of an animal, usually captive bred, that has been unfairly prevented from escaping the hunter, either due to physical or behavioral constraints (such as hunting within small fenced areas, deliberate injury of the animal prior to hunting, drugging or even just habituation to humans).
Canned hunting is prevalent in South African (and also the USA, the home of hunters).
Lions are captive bred to supply demand for this industry – this means turning the majestic wild animals into factory-farmed animals whose sole purpose is to be exploited. Female lions have their cubs removed at less than one week old (so they will come into breeding condition again and produce more cubs than they would naturally in the wild and to start the hand-rearing process).
These cubs are also often ‘rented out’ by the captive lion breeders to tourism operators to be petted by tourists in so called ‘lion walks’ – often with assurances that such cubs will be ‘rehabilitated’ and ‘reintroduced’ into the wild.
However, tourists should know that these hand-reared cubs can never truly be returned to the wild. They are often returned to the breeders or sold on to agents – and most end up sold to private hunting concessions as tame targets for the lucrative canned hunting industry (and not just in South Africa, but neighboring countries also).
Some of these projects even claim conservation merit in their work – developing elaborate ‘re-introduction’ plans for their lions (or even their offspring) after they have been used in tourism, and selling their projects to paying ‘conservation volunteers’ who support them without knowing the bigger picture.
The fact is that to walk with a lion you are condemning that lion to a life in captivity – hand reared lions have no natural fear of man – as with the original ‘Born Free‘ lions raised by George and Joy Adamson – they are highly likely to become man eaters if released in the wild.
There is no conservation merit in captive breeding of lions and little merit in captive bred lion re-introductions. There is therefore no conservation merit either in lion walking or other tourist interactions with captive lions!
Article by The International Campaign Against Canned Hunting
~~THE FOLLOWING VIDEO IS GRAPHIC, BE FOREWARNED~~
~Brutal Lion hunts in World Cup host country South Africa~
Stop Canned Lion Hunts!
~Uploaded on Jun 1, 2010~
This clip shows the brutal hunt on bred lions. Many baby lions are used as a tourist attraction in the beginning, and once they reach an age and size to become “nice” trophies, they are being shot mostly by foreign “hunters”.
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