Canned Hunting


Hunting DOES NOT Pay for Conservation


Insights from Humane Society International about the economic value of wild lions as a resource for foreign tourists to look at compared with their value as a resource for foreign hunters to shoot.

In 2017, HSI commissioned a report by Economists at Large entitled: The Lions Share? On the Economic Benefits of Trophy Hunting. A summary of the report can be found here: The report examines the estimated economic benefits of trophy hunting in eight African countries – Botswana, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe conducted by Safari Club International (SCI), published as “The Conservation Equation.” The report does not specifically break down lion trophy hunting.

However, this IUCN report by Bertrandt Chardonet entitled RECONFIGURING THE PROTECTED AREAS IN AFRICA  includes calculations that to conserve a lion for hunting costs around 4 million USD, whilst the market price for its hunt is around 50,000 USD (see pg 17 & 33-35). “The turnover from tourism in sub-Saharan Africa was 66 billion USD in 2016, with wildlife tourism generating a significant percentage of that total.” When compared to the revenue obtained from tourism, the value of the lion is worth far more alive than dead. The report adds that “The sales price of a safari to hunt lions is on average 50,000 USD (the price paid by the hunter who killed the lion called Cecil in Zimbabwe in 2015), in other words 1.25% of the cost price” and that “In Tanzania, the income from lion and elephant hunting represented 23.5% of the global revenue from tourism operators before 2010, in other words around 1 USD/ha/year on a turnover of 4.24 USD/ ha/year. This is therefore a significant loss, and not the only one, which turns the economic operation into a loss maker, the profit margins already being low or even negative.” See a summary of the report here.

This Huffington Post article “Eco-Tourism Worth More to African Economies Than Trophy Hunting” makes reference to revenue figures around Cecil – the Zimbabwean lion shot by an American trophy hunter.

In South Africa, “canned lion hunting” is the process whereby hunters pay to shoot captive-bred lions in enclosures from which they cannot escape. These huts are considerably cheaper than so-called “wild lion” hunts. This industry has been largely condemned by lion experts, conservationists and even hunters. A report conducted by the independent South African Institute for International Affairs has revealed that “the opportunity costs and negative externalities associated with the predator breeding industry may – along with other threats facing wild lion survival – undermine South Africa’s brand attractiveness as a tourism destination by up to R54.51bn over the next decade.”


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.

Canned Hunting 20120807 103430Download 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



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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31 responses to “Canned Hunting”

  1. Jim Kavanagh says:

    what government allows this 160 farms for this? its insane!~!

  2. sooooooooooooooooooooooo saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad
    pls stop this.its a serious crime to kill any creature of ALMIGHTY ALLAH.

  3. Rhea Rheea says:

    This is so sad 🙁

  4. Rhea Rheea says:

    This is so sad 🙁

  5. "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."

    Absolutely disgusting.

    • Stefano Michael says:

      seriously unless you have to do that shit to survive, f*uck hunters. worst type of people on earth.

  6. Judy Maxwell says:

    These so-called hunters are nothing but cowardly scum. This isn't hunting, it's murder. The animals are never given a chance. These people obviously have more money than brains we should try to get pictures of them and expose them for what cowardly greedy people they are.

  7. Emmaline Sheahan says:

    What is wrong with people!

  8. Eryn Romeis says:

    Carole Baskin , Thank you. Done, done and done!

  9. BJ DH says:

    Joseph Hinds or maybe just stop shooting lions in cages…

  10. hate that!!!!stop killing!!!

  11. BJ DH says:

    Stefano Michael there is nothing wrong with hunting your own meat. The meat industry is far more cruel to horses, cows and pigs on a daily basis; also canned hunting is not hunting, so don't confuse the two. If people want to be trophy hunters they should only be allowed to do it like the Zulu's loin cloth, spear and shield, that should even out the playing field…

  12. Karin Nagi says:

    Disgusting sick criminals and degenerate cowards! Shooting a beautiful defenceless animal is cruel and unnecessary. Dumb Neanderthalers,.. This should be punished with lifelong in jail. Breathers and hunters!!

  13. Retarded humanity never really learn anything

  14. Outraged! This must stop!

  15. Rajeev Singam says:

    Lame ass hunters

  16. This is just about as low as you can go. What's wrong with their government over there or are they on board with this perversion?

  17. Sahil Tiku says:

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

  18. Libby Hanna says:

    Absolutely sick. I'm not against hunting but this takes any aspect of an actual HUNT out of the equation. Awful. 🙁

  19. Winter Robin says:

    Weak and backward

  20. Heather Iris Hansen says:

    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.

  21. Doug Miller says:

    Kendall Jones and Melissa Bachman are two examples….

  22. people have the power but we need everybody to protest against this slaughter will not rest till ive dobne my best

  23. Kristina Trimmer says:

    this is beyond discusting.

  24. Amit Yativ says:

    I know right 🙁

  25. Jules Trinidad says:

    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.

  26. Lillie Hancock says:

    This is by far the most freaking disgusting and sickening thing I’ve ever heard about. There’s always a special place in Hell for all who kill animals when they need help. These sadistic and cowardly greedy killers are nothing but idiotic spawn of Satan that know nothing about respecting animal care. There’s no way they can get enjoyment out of killing animals that can’t defend themselves.

  27. Gill says:

    Put the men and women into pens and let us do the same to them.

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