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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

Apr 15, 2018 LUCY JENSON
Apr 15, 2018 lidia Bankosz
Apr 14, 2018 Kathy Dorr
Apr 14, 2018 Suzanne Levi
Apr 14, 2018 Lisa Whipple
Apr 14, 2018 Victor/Carol Ignaczak
Apr 14, 2018 Barbara Hrybinczak
Apr 14, 2018 Ellen Alt
Apr 14, 2018 Keeley Player
Apr 14, 2018 Marguerite Panzica
Apr 14, 2018 Beverlee Johnson
Apr 14, 2018 Patti Wright
Apr 14, 2018 j McDermott
Apr 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 10, 2018 Staci Anderson
Apr 10, 2018 Debby Dernberger Do you have to butcher everything for greed?!?
Apr 10, 2018 Shawnda Drennen-Schwartz
Apr 9, 2018 Sandra Beall
Apr 9, 2018 Garry Taroli Stop this SHAMEFUL Cruelty!!!! The World is watching, and your Country will do much better by protecting Lions.---GST.
Apr 9, 2018 Mary Sier
Apr 9, 2018 Flossie Pruitt
Apr 9, 2018 claudia alraun
Apr 8, 2018 Amy Wolfberg
Apr 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 6, 2018 Regina Mairs Amadei
Apr 5, 2018 Erin McCarty
Apr 5, 2018 Mary Cook
Apr 5, 2018 Rita Leone
Apr 5, 2018 Siegrid Berman
Apr 5, 2018 Richard Rheder
Apr 5, 2018 Cheryl Free
Apr 4, 2018 georgina italy Please, STOP killing innocent Animals!!! And they have Soul, and they want to live free like us in this world !!!
Apr 3, 2018 Tania Rivera
Apr 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 2, 2018 Michele Anthony
Apr 2, 2018 Martha Vest
Apr 2, 2018 Fabian Müller
Mar 31, 2018 Mary Smith
Mar 30, 2018 carri perani-welsh
Mar 29, 2018 Donna Johnson
Mar 29, 2018 inge nespolon
Mar 29, 2018 Sarah Chi
Mar 29, 2018 Annie Rosen
Mar 29, 2018 Jánosné Sebők
Mar 28, 2018 Leslie Hixson
Mar 28, 2018 pj Chambers This is the ultimate form of COWARDICE.
Mar 28, 2018 Jane Davidson
Mar 28, 2018 Peter Farndell
Mar 28, 2018 Shelley Dorgan

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