Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Nov '15

The Born Free Foundation was proud to host the UK premier of hard hitting documentary, Blood Lions – Bred for the Bullet, at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Friday 27th November.

The special screening was packed with over 650 audience members, including conservation champions Virginia McKenna, Will Travers, Michaela Strachan, Ian Michler, Peter Egan, Marc Abraham, Liz Bonnin, Pieter Kat and Rula Lenska. Also in the audience was legendary investigative journalist Roger Cook, who first uncovered the murky world of canned hunting in 1997 as part of his work on The Cook Report.

Blood Lions follows Ian Michler, a South African conservationist, and Rick Swazey, an American hunter, on their journey to the heart of the predator breeding and canned hunting industries in South Africa and expose their barbaric practices. 

Having already premiered in various countries around the world, the South African Government is under increasing pressure, not just from the scientific and conservation community, but also from the general public, to take action.

The film, which has been universally well-received, was followed by a lively panel discussion and Q&A session, hosted by Born Free’s Will Travers, who features in the documentary, and the film’s producer Pippa Hankinson.

Following the screening, which received a standing ovation, Born Free’s events co-ordinator Joanne Bartholomew said: “It was fantastic to see so many Born Free supporters here to support this film. There was such a highly-charged atmosphere I think the Q&A session could have gone on all evening!”

Pippa Hankinson added: “What a privilege it was to be at the RGS with the Born Free Foundation, we were all overwhelmed by the incredible response of support that we received!”

Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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