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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

May 24, 2018 Jana Harker
May 24, 2018 Tina Smythe
May 24, 2018 Georgette Lebel
May 24, 2018 Linda Eason
May 23, 2018 Cassandra Santiago
May 23, 2018 Robert New
May 23, 2018 Wendy Springstead
May 23, 2018 David Roles Only a low life sadistic brute would shoot a magnificent creature which is confined to an enclosure.
May 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 23, 2018 carla howard
May 23, 2018 Gerri Elliott
May 23, 2018 Linda Scott
May 23, 2018 Barb Breese
May 22, 2018 Peter Fell
May 22, 2018 D'Arcy Goodrich
May 22, 2018 Lori Grochowski
May 22, 2018 Shirley Sinclaire Stop this insanity... this is not humane or fair. The lions are basically sitting ducks and not able to run for their lives. The lions are already endangered, why are you doing this barbaric hunting? STOP IT NOW!
May 22, 2018 Charmaine McCarroll
May 22, 2018 Deena Walker Stop the barbarity!
May 22, 2018 Lauren Madican
May 21, 2018 M T
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed) Canned hunts are cruel to the animals, uneccessary and teach people to disrespect wildlife. Please ban canned hunts in South Africa.
May 21, 2018 Toni Peters
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Jaci Taylor
May 21, 2018 Karen Fiorito
May 21, 2018 Janet Clarke Please ban canned hunts immediately and fully protect all of your country's lions and other animals.
May 21, 2018 Joni Armstrong
May 21, 2018 Cynthia Super
May 20, 2018 Sue White
May 19, 2018 Alana Hendrickson
May 17, 2018 Lynda Kerr
May 17, 2018 Holly Dowling
May 16, 2018 Sabrina Lester-Granger
May 16, 2018 Deborah Padovan
May 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2018 Maryrose Markham
May 15, 2018 Andreas Thiel
May 15, 2018 Natalie DeBoer
May 15, 2018 Elena Greco
May 15, 2018 DONNA WADE
May 15, 2018 jean Koroliszyn
May 15, 2018 petra Meerwaldt
May 15, 2018 Petra Stadtmueller
May 14, 2018 Haley Svec
May 14, 2018 Sue King
May 13, 2018 marcel matias
May 11, 2018 GUNTHER RUCKL

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