It’s time to look beyond the moral debate of whether trophy hunting should exist, and instead look ahead to the viable alternative ways to bring
Category: Canned Trophy Hunting
How to help end hunting on National Trust land — for good
The National Trust issues licences to hunts at various locations around the country. In 2020, following revelations from leaked Zoom webinars that trail hunting is nothing but a ‘smokescreen’, the Trust temporarily suspended all licences pending the ongoing police investigation and court case. This suspension remains in place — but now is the time to see it to be turned into a permanent ban; and you can help.
Forgotten Ukraine lions finally out of lockdown
After years of cruel abuse and months of delays following their rescue in Ukraine, three lions have been given a new chance at life through being relocated to a sanctuary in South Africa.
Beginning of the end canned lion hunting
South Africa’s Environment Minister Barbara Creecy, spelled out a new direction for the country and its efforts to conserve some of the world’s most iconic species this past weekend, by tackling the controversial issue of captive-lion breeding.
Facebook group rallies to free forgotten lions in Ukraine
Once in a while you hear a story that demonstrates the positive power of social media – and in this case, a network of strangers passionate about lions came together online to help give four lions the chance of a new life.
Big Cats in captivity — Shamwari Diaries: Interval
One topic that I’ve never shied away from on this blog is that of wild animals in captivity. This week, I attempt to untangle the challenges and moral obligation of each of the places that have come to house lions; game reserves, zoos, sanctuaries, lion farms and ‘the wild’,
Shamwari Diaries: Act 3 Scene 5 – The winds of change
In this week’s Shamwari series I encounter storms and forest fires, and ignorantly make my second big animal welfare mistake of the trip.
IAPWA launches ‘Claws Out’ film to expose the truth about volunteering with lions in South Africa
Claws Out explores the realities of tourists and gap year students volunteering with lions and lion cubs in South Africa. From cuddling and bottle-feeding cubs to walking with lion experiences; the hard-hitting documentary looks at how these popular tourist activities conceal dark links to the canned hunting industry.
YouthForLions: Breaking the captive lion cycle
The Blood Lions ‘YouthForLions’ team have officially launched a brand new animated clip showing the life cycle of a captive bred lion in South Africa, to create awareness of the canned hunting industry across the globe.
Shamwari Diaries: Act 1, Scene 2 – Regret
This week’s Shamwari Series follows my first weekend in South Africa — and my first big conservation mistake of my trip — being duped into taking part in activities related to the canned hunting industry, as detailed in my travel diaries from 10 years ago.