Every day in South Africa, two or three lions are killed in canned hunts. A new documentary feature film exposes the brutal truth about this unconscionable activity that is so surprisingly, completely legal. The film follows Ian Michler, a South African environmental journalist and safari operator, and Rick Swazey, an American hunter, on their journey to the heart of darkness that lies within the predator breeding and canned lion hunting industries. It is a story that blows the lid off the claims made by these operators in attempting to justify what they do in the name of conservation.
Excerpt from Blood Lions website)”Annually, over 800 captive, hand-reared lions are shot in South Africa – mostly by international hunters – fuelling a multimillion dollar industry. In South Africa there are currently between 6, 000 and 8, 000 predators in captivity, the vast majority of them lions. Most live in appalling conditions with inadequate protocols in place to protect them or regulate either their welfare or the genetic integrity of their bloodlines. The breeders of these animals claim they are involved in conservation, educational and research initiatives and that the captive bred population will be the saviour of wild lions.”