Canned Hunting

Canned Hunting

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Killing Tamed Wild Animals in Fenced Areas for Sport

Petting Cubs in Africa Supports the Canned Hunting Industry


In this episode we investigate the so-called “green con”, where volunteers are paying exorbitant amounts to come to South Africa to hand raise lion cubs under the impression that they are doing it for conservation. Activists allege that most of these cubs end up in a “canned” hunt or as breeding robots for farms.

We also focus on the alleged abuse of the permit system for the breeding and hunting of lion and ask whether the country needs to have standardised regulations across all provinces.

Part 2 looks at the lion bone trade which has grown hugely over the past few years. Many people know about how the rhino is being poached for its horn, which is used in traditional medicines in Asia, but few know that lion bones are also being used as a replacement for tiger bones in tiger bone wine in Asia, since the tiger numbers have plummeted so drastically. There are concerns that the trade, which is now just a by-product of the hunt, will eventually spill over into wild lion populations.

Download this excellent white paper on how petting cubs at parks in Africa provides lions for canned hunts there.  Panther Canned Hunts

The term “canned hunt” refers to the shooting of exotic animals on game farms or hunting ranches that are in the business of breeding or buying exotic animals so that “hunters” can pay to be guaranteed a kill.  Tamed animals from zoos, backyard breeders and those who mistakenly got them as pets are their favorite targets because they are accustomed to being around people and won’t run when the client walks up to them to take a shot.

Wilder animals are baited with food into shooting range and the truly wild, such as bobcats, cougars and lions, are shot in their transport cages or in the back of the trailers in which they arrived.

These operations claim to only offer non-endangered exotic animals to would-be hunters, but provide a smokescreen to enable illegal activities such as hunting endangered animals.

One common source for big cats in canned hunts in S. Africa comes from the game farms where the owners tell the public that they are raising lions for reintroduction to the wild.  They sell a sad story about how the cubs were orphaned or rejected by their mothers and tell you that for a fee you can help bottle feed them and thus do something fun and help insure that the cub gets a second chance to live free.  What customers don’t know is that as soon as the cubs are too big to handle, they are turned out into fenced yards where hunters shoot them after paying a fee.


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There is no legitimate facility that will allow you to have contact with big cats.  If they are allowing such contact, you know immediately that you should just Say NO!

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Panthera Article on How Pay to Play ends up being Pay to Kill

Download this excellent article on Canning Canned Hunts



2012 – Tourist kills tame lioness in her pen



Another Video Expose


Published on Apr 3, 2013

This is a video of a sick canned lion hunt in South Africa, where these tourists drive a pick-up truck inside a tame lioness’ enclosure and kills her with a high-powered bow and arrow.

Canned hunting is big business in South Africa, tourists pay to kill tame hand raised lions inside enclosures. The lioness in this video is clearly no threat, she playfully runs around the pick-up truck and rolls around on her back. There is very little risk to the killer as there are always other guns pointed at the lion should it try to attack, you can see a rifle pointing out of the front of the truck and most likely another one from the back.

Trophy hunters are nothing but sick sadistic killers who take great pleasure in killing animals. The South African government are more to blame for letting this happen.