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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

Feb 20, 2018 renay lawrence
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 18, 2018 I. meszaros
Feb 14, 2018 aya oda
Feb 13, 2018 Karen Carson
Feb 13, 2018 Terri Dustan
Feb 12, 2018 Patricia McGarry
Feb 11, 2018 James Deep
Feb 11, 2018 foteini horbou
Feb 9, 2018 tanya mcCormick
Feb 9, 2018 chris mcCormick
Feb 5, 2018 Claudia Wuendrich
Feb 4, 2018 Susan Barnard
Feb 1, 2018 Angel Orona
Jan 30, 2018 Dawn Carter
Jan 29, 2018 Deb Giles
Jan 29, 2018 Nico Dabajo
Jan 28, 2018 Glenn Odagawa
Jan 28, 2018 Virginia Lippert
Jan 27, 2018 Diane Liptack stop the cruelty!
Jan 26, 2018 Gloria Navan This is in no way a “sport.”
Jan 26, 2018 Amber Greenwood
Jan 25, 2018 Jess B
Jan 23, 2018 Sergio P.
Jan 23, 2018 Anne-Marie Sancho
Jan 23, 2018 Randall Bong
Jan 22, 2018 Maria Schneider
Jan 22, 2018 Gail Miller
Jan 22, 2018 Erika Somlai
Jan 22, 2018 Carol Dibbens This is not sport South Africa must ban this despicable canned hunting It is inhumane and cruel
Jan 22, 2018 Andre Ferro
Jan 21, 2018 Carole Kuehl
Jan 21, 2018 Stanley Staron
Jan 21, 2018 Maryann Staron
Jan 21, 2018 Melania Padilla
Jan 21, 2018 Lone Fundby
Jan 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 21, 2018 Mary Thomas
Jan 21, 2018 Catherine Still Disgraceful - humans committing murder, just by another name.
Jan 21, 2018 Kalliope M.
Jan 20, 2018 Inge Bjorkman
Jan 20, 2018 susan shawket Sick and evil morons torture these poor terrified cats to death. THIS MUST STOP>
Jan 17, 2018 Ruth Rogers
Jan 16, 2018 Katherine Mouzourakis
Jan 16, 2018 Arlene Fullaway The only thing more disgusting then the act itself are the barbaric people that participate!! Stop now
Jan 15, 2018 cara frame
Jan 12, 2018 Tom Rarey
Jan 8, 2018 Daisy Costa

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