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While the romanticized imagery of an African safari may swell some imaginations toward the adventurous, in reality, many modern chartered hunts are anything but.

Canned hunting, or captive hunting, can bring South African lion breeders up to $50,000 for a male lion [1]. And while lions are protected under the Endangered Species Act in the United States [2] wealthy foreigners are eager to pay that price in South Africa for a rare "trophy." 

Global concern for endangered species is on the rise, and attitudes in South Africa are no different. Canned hunts are experiencing greater condemnation these days, according to CBS News [3].

"Most people think lions are terrifying creatures but in actual fact it's the lions who are terrified in a canned hunt," says Kevin Richardson, founder of a wildlife preserve an hour north east of Johannesburg and half an hour from Pretoria in the Welgedacht Private Game Reserve.

Richardson's work has led to the rescue of dozens of lions in South Africa, and he's not alone in the fight. The documentary, Blood Lions, focuses on the canned hunting industry, as well. According to National Geographic [4], the film was quickly requested in theaters in 185 countries and territories after its 2015 debut in Durban South Africa.

Campaigns to end canned hunts have since led to changes on a national level, with Australia banning the import of lion trophies in February 2015, and France 9 months later.

Even airlines are refusing to play along with this "sport." According to Canned Lion [5], IAG Cargo, Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Qatar Airways Cargo, Canadian Jetlines, Virgin, BA and United, and American Airlines all refuse to transport hunting trophies acquired legally or illegally. 

While canned hunts are still legal in South Africa, growing pressure from animal advocacy organizations, governments, and global corporations no doubt has a persuasive effect on the country's lawmakers. Tell the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries that canned hunting must be banned immediately!

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Dear South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries,

The practice of canned hunting in South Africa is not only a great detriment to a currently protected endangered species, it's a sport for cowards, and deserves to be brought to an immediate end.

Global concern for endangered species is on the rise, and attitudes in South Africa are no different. Canned hunts are experiencing greater condemnation from people and corporations. Many airlines will not even transport hunting trophies, obtained legally or otherwise. 

Australia has banned the import of these reprehensible trophies, as has France. And lions are now protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. It won't be long until other countries follow suit, leaving South Africa's lion breeders facing a lack of interest in their cruel business. 

These animals are not meant to be bred inhumanely, shoved in a pen and shot for entertainment. They are endangered animals, and deserve protection. 

I urge you to make canned hunts illegal in South Africa, and stand up for these regal animals, as the rest of the world has already done.


Petition Signatures

Sep 20, 2017 Josie Avalos
Sep 20, 2017 Kathleen Ranuro
Sep 20, 2017 Wendy Horn
Sep 20, 2017 Beate Auburn
Sep 20, 2017 Anne Montarou
Sep 19, 2017 Richard Han
Sep 19, 2017 Vladimir Pimonov
Sep 19, 2017 kelly herou
Sep 19, 2017 Alice Vance
Sep 19, 2017 cindy takaht
Sep 19, 2017 eva schalin
Sep 19, 2017 Marianne Christensen
Sep 18, 2017 Marlen Elias
Sep 18, 2017 Melinda Matheus
Sep 18, 2017 Franca Faustini
Sep 18, 2017 shelley dimond
Sep 18, 2017 Carol Doud
Sep 18, 2017 leticia garcia
Sep 17, 2017 Ann Watson
Sep 17, 2017 Lacey Velvet
Sep 17, 2017 Hazel Sharrad
Sep 16, 2017 Lola Schiefelbein
Sep 15, 2017 Natalia Pimonova
Sep 13, 2017 Donna Pacheco
Sep 11, 2017 Melissa Waters Cruel and awful, and shows the hunters and those involved in enabling them to be lacking any quality.
Sep 11, 2017 Liliana Elliot
Sep 11, 2017 yvonne Ryder
Sep 10, 2017 bill Jenkins
Sep 10, 2017 Luis Chelotti
Sep 10, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Sep 9, 2017 Mandy Statham
Sep 9, 2017 Thierry Chartier
Sep 9, 2017 Aurélie Amari
Sep 9, 2017 Bernadette Crespin
Sep 7, 2017 Jacqueline Deuel-Sagaert
Sep 7, 2017 Nancy Kimble
Sep 7, 2017 Helen Winmill This has to stop. These animals need our protection. Ban it for good. No more importing, exporting TROPHY HUNTING should be banned for good.
Sep 6, 2017 María Antonia Gomez Rojas
Sep 6, 2017 pablo borrajo
Sep 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2017 Linda Ray
Sep 6, 2017 Maureen Hughes
Sep 5, 2017 Stacey Daniels
Sep 5, 2017 Suzie Achin
Sep 5, 2017 Verona Petrou
Sep 5, 2017 Sonja Reinecke
Sep 5, 2017 Adele Kirk
Sep 5, 2017 (Name not displayed) This practice of canned hunting is so cruel and evil!!!
Sep 5, 2017 Irene Broussard
Sep 4, 2017 David Parker Threatened and endangered wildlife must be protected and preserved, not exterminated!

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