Canned Lion Hunting Is Cruel: An Activist Spotlight

On a canned hunt, animals, such as lions, are either placed in an enclosed space or bred specially to be hunted. Canned hunting serves as a major source of foreign revenue for the hunting industry — making it hard to convince government officials to end the practice many consider unethical and cruel.

One petition author, Ula, felt compelled to take action:

“I had one of two choices really: I could continue to mourn this atrocity, which is cloaked in the name of sport in South Africa, or I could do something about it.”

“Concerning the Canned Lion Hunting issue, I believe it is unspeakably cruel to hunt an animal, that in many cases, has been raised to trust humans, and to do the hunting in a confined space where the animals have no way of escaping. It really can’t even be called hunting.”

Ula recently witnessed the power of another petition first hand:

“In July, I started a petition to stop rhino poaching in South Africa and it was possibly coincidental, but a few months after delivering the petition with 3,506 signatures from around the world, a massive poaching ring was uncovered in South Africa.”

One major challenge is the fact that canned hunting is currently legal in South Africa. But together, Care2 member signatures from all around the world can help show the Ministry of Environmental Affairs, Ms Buyelwa Sonjica, that you are serious about putting an end to this practice.

The petition author has strong hopes for the petition and will not give up.

“My greatest aim with this petition is to change the view of the South African government on canned hunting. It must be declared illegal. They make big money from this trade, so it is not going to be easy, but it is the right thing to do.”

If you believe canned lion hunting is cruel, sign this petition today!


photo credit: thanks to Rutger de Moddertukker via flickr
please note: the lions pictured above are not part of a canned hunt


Stella Mavroveli
Stella Mavroveli3 years ago

I am wondering, who are these imbeciles who voted yes?????

Past Member
Past Member 5 years ago

cowards. trophy hunting is senseless useless and destructive, all to feed the ego for the lack of manhood. grow some balls. respect animals. they were here before us.

John E.
John E5 years ago

* Jan 10, 2011 1:51 AM ... is on to something.
That would indeed be a true hunt ... canned hunters could do a bit of forward scouting with an anti poacher patrol and have a REAL adventure!
I bet they'd pay plenty for that experience! Not.
Canned hunting is so much safer and when they get home with their "trophy" wouldn't a fly on the wall hear some BS !
Reaching new depths in "pathetic"

Rita Schalla
Past Member 5 years ago

How can the 'BIG hunter jerk' feel anything but shame for killing an animal that was raised to trust humans. This is not a hunt... it is a slaughter and needs to be illegal. Along with all hunting.

Darya Tumanova
Darya Tumanova5 years ago

it's like humans are the creatures from Hell for animals.

Gianna M.
Gianna Macias5 years ago

Canned hunting is the activity of a COWARD, GUTLESS PERSON.

Cynthia Mattera
Cynthia Mattera5 years ago

This is horrible! It's just like the annual Candian Seal Hunt.How is this a hunt? You have newborn harp seals on an iceflow, called a "Seal Nursery". They cannot swim in order to escape these"hunters". So men armed with hakapiks jump onto the "Nursery" beat them, drag them back to their boats, and skin them alive. Wow...not what I would call "hunting"
Canned hunts are the same way...sick, cruel, inhumane and all done out of GREED!!! So sad !


Why "humans" are so thirsty of killing innocent animls? why ? they take advantage of the poor creatures that can't defend themselves. Instead kill your own family to see the pain your causing.

Suzanne Hall
Suzanne Hall5 years ago

Canned hunts are wrong on just so many levels. Poor animals don't stand a chance. Course I'm not an advocate of hunting period, but this is ridiculous! To breed animals to kill them...I guess I just don't get it.

Rene B.
Rene Bartis5 years ago

Unfortunately, where economic greed rules, nothing ethical seems ever to be achieved, as there are too many avaricious politicians and business people who will not stand to lose any wealth on moral grounds.
I say the media and peta2 should target the "consumer" hunters who go on the "so called safaris", by expositing them to the international public via the media.