On the 15th March 2014, People across the globe are Marching for Lions.

The aim of the march is to raise awareness around the industry of “canned hunting”.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu leads us in prayer for the lions and all wildlife

is a practice that is legal in South Africa, where lions get bred in captivity, hand reared for use in the cub petting industry, then when these tame lions are big enough, shot in an enclosure often drugged, for an enormous sum of money.
People around the world are calling for the South African government to ban canned hunting.

“Our goals are to have trophy and canned hunting banned; to get lions on the Endangered Species List where they belong, to stop the export of lion bones to China, to stop the import of lion trophies in to USA and EU” – says Christine Jordaan who initiated the idea of this march.

The Core Objectives:

To raise global awareness about the critical plight of South Africa’s lions

Two pronged approach:

Within South Africa: To stop the canned hunting industry

In every other country globally : To  pressurize national governments to stop the importation of lion parts

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The Global White Lion Protection Trust has put their full support and resources behind the march.
Please see their website for more information about the important work they do for the rare White Lions, who are specifically targeted in the canned hunting industry



Please see Chris Mercer & Bev Pervan's 'Campaign Against Canned Hunting' Website.

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The numbers of wild lions in Africa are being depleted rapidly.
There are more lions being killed in South Africa than Rhinos at the moment.
At this rate our lions will be extinct in less than 20 years.

The Facts

The captive killing of tamed lions (“canned hunting”) is a growing, un-policed industry.
This heinous practice of canned hunting and lion farming does nothing to protect our wild lions.

The industry starts with the breeding of lions in captivity (the original parents being poached from the wild) where cubs are taken away at birth so that their mothers can go into estrus again and be ready to have another litter in 6 months (in the wild they would naturally only breed every 2-3 years). The cubs are hand reared and become part of the ever growing cub petting industry until they are too big to be cuddled by humans.

At best they are sold on to zoos (who often continue the breeding process), at worst they are put into a breeding programme and then shot in a captive situation, with the owners of the lions getting paid a fortune (up to a one and a half million Rands for a white lion), with little if any of the proceeds going back into conservation or even to the local communities.

The practice itself creates a market for lion parts for the Asian market- putting all lions at risk, with the poaching of wild lions increasing with the demand for lion bones as medicine in Asia.

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The Current Statistics on Canned Hunting

  • There are round 20 000 lions left in Africa.
  • 900 Lions a year are legally hunted and exported for trophies (in the whole of Africa)
  • South Africa exported 547 of these -  bearing in mind that these are only the legally documented exports- probably many more go under the radar.
  • In South Africa, there are many more lions in cages than in the wild.
  • (2,743 ‘wild’ lions in SA game reserves at last count.  About 8000 in captivity.)
  • The captive killing of tamed lions (“canned hunting”) is a growing, un-policed industry.|
  • Less than 3%  of trophy income reaches the local communities.
  • Trophy hunting accounts for only 0.27% of GDP and 1.8% of tourism revenue.
  • Lions have lost over 50% of their historic range in the last 30 years.
  • Nature Conservation will not allow tamed lions to return to the wild, as “human-habituated lions” have lost their fear of humans.
  • The genetics of lions in captive-breeding programs have been compromised, meaning they cannot return to their natural eco-system.
  • Over 160 “Canned Lion” killing camps in South Africa established over the past 15 years.
  • Lion bones are being traded large-scale from captive breeding operations into the Eastern Markets.
  • Extinction risk for lions is even greater than rhino.

*Data taken from recent environmental and economists’ Reports.



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