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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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.

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  • Show Comments(29)

  • This is just cruel, I mean, who on earth would want to kill these beautiful animals? It's just so sick, mean, and horrible!

  • I have just been to a place in the Northwest Province near Sun City where we were told we could walk with lion cubs. There were 7 lion cubs we were allowed to walk with in the "wild" and a number of "teenagers" in a large fenced area. There were also 3 beautiful tigers who are apparently about 2 years old, 2 young leopard cubs, servals and caracals. The "daddy" lion was new – kept in a large fenced area with a few lionesses. They are fed mostly on chickens from a chicken farm nearby. I was very suspicious about the whole set up and felt sick when I saw signs indicating that there was a hunting farm right next door. I am disgusted. These animals are exposed to humans so they have no fear and then shot by people they trust. It is inhumane and disgraceful. Thank you for raising awareness. I am writing to local authorities and a TV programme that could hopefully investigate this.

  • Wow, if these tourists think that they're so cool in acquiring a dead lion as a trophy from these animal abusers organizations think again folks! You can have an IQ of a plant and still be able to kill these unsuspecting innocent lions. Instead of paying so much to kill these poor animals why not help the local sanctuaries that way they can feed them and help shut down places like Lion Park. At least help raise awareness. THERE IS NO GLORY IN KILLING ANIMALS WHO ARE TRUSTING YOU TO TAKE CARE OF THEM.

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