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Blood Lions set to shock says Born Free

22 July 2015

Categories: Homepage News, Big Cats Campaign News

Born Free today applauds the international premiere of the hard-hitting and powerful documentary, Blood Lions, which blows the lid off the predator breeding and canned hunting industries in South Africa.

Blood Lions follows Ian Michler, a South African conservationist, and Rick Swazey, an American hunter, on their journey to the heart of those multi-million dollar industries. What they discover is truly horrific.

Last year alone, over 800 captive lions were shot in South Africa. According to the film makers, Blood Lions “shows in intimate detail how lucrative it is to breed lions, and how the authorities and professional hunting and tourism bodies have become complicit in allowing the industries to flourish”.

Will Travers OBE, President of the Born Free Foundation, who features in the documentary and official trailer, said: “South Africa’s failure to address the canned hunting industry has emboldened those who make a living out of the death of lions bred, raised and slaughtered on a ‘no kill, no fee’ basis. The canned hunting industry is unnatural, unethical and unacceptable. It delivers compromised animal welfare and zero education. It undermines conservation and creates a moral vacuum now inhabited by the greed and grotesque self-importance of those who derive pleasure in the taking of life.

“Blood Lions lays bare the truth behind the canned hunting industry that, far from contributing to the future survival of the species, may, in fact, accelerate extinction in the wild, leaving behind a trail littered with rotting corpses of its helpless and hopeless victims,” Travers added.

Blood Lions, directed by Bruce Young and Nick Chevallier, premieres at the Durban International Film Festival at 6pm local time tonight (22 July). Born Free, which is an associate of Blood Lions, is co-hosting a screening with Ian Michler at the Royal Geographical Society, in London, on 27th November. 

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