Europeans Against Canned Hunts

Our latest campaign is in coalition with NGOs across Europe, we are working with our South African partners.

We are shortly launching a social media awareness campaign to stop Europeans from playing a willing or unwitting part in the terrible industry of canned lions in South Africa. From raising awareness about the truth of volunteering to work with ‘orphaned’ lion cubs to lion walking ‘experiences’, to trophy hunting of these tamed lions and the import of their remains as ‘trophies’ and the sale of lion skeletons in the lion bone trade. As Ian Michler of Blood Lions explained to British members of Parliament in October this industry serves NO conservation purpose.

Cub Petting and voluntourism

Enthused animal-loving Europeans prop up this vile industry without realising it through paying to volunteer at lion breeding farms in South Africa, the irresistible appeal of bottle feeding lion cubs that are just weeks or even days old is ruthlessly exploited and can fund the lion breeding farm $50-100,000 per month. Western volunteers savings are funding this exploitation in the belief that this is helping conservation.

Beth Jennings was one of these volunteers, this is her experience.

Canned hunting

Short animations showing the life cycle of captive lions in South Africa, in 9 languages


African Lions and Zoonotic Diseases: Implications for Commercial Lion Farms in South Africa

Evidence of a further emerging threat to lion conservation; targeted poaching for body parts

Useful websites and other pages

Blood Lions

A multilingual site covering issues of captive breeding from cub petting and voluntourism to lion walking and canned hunting