Human-lion interaction, canned lion hunting, captive bred lions, trophy hunting, orphaned lion cubs in South Africa
It’s has over 7,000 views.
It has brought our website traffic.
It is controversial, and it’s time for it to go.
Jurg and his wife sold their business in the city and followed a lifelong dream to save the Big Cats. Their sanctuary is a safe place for abused and discarded big cats. Jurg educates visitors about their plight and allows them to experience the grandeur of these magnificent beasts.
However, regardless of their good work, we’ve had two site visitors comment on the video including human-lion interaction as being problematic. Here is what Wynter has to say:
“…My concern is that hand reared lions in captivity can never be rehabilitated to the wild, and the practice of “cub petting” has been shown to be increasingly linked with the notorious canned hunting industry. I feel that you are giving the wrong message here.”
As human-lion interaction jeopardizes the lions very existence in the wilds of Africa we have to be careful.
What is Wynter talking about?
You see young cubs are ripped from their mothers to be exploited as “isn’t he cute” items at parks, fairs and other places of entertainment. Once the cubs hit puberty and get too dangerous for such activities they can really make their owner a lot of money! The now humanized lion is released on a game ranch and “sold” to a trophy hunter.
The Ultimate Betrayal
It plays out something like this. The lion is in a seemingly wild setting. The trophy hunter and entourage close in pseudo safari style. The lions handler points out the unsuspecting lion who has no fear of humans and may even move towards the land rover. The hunter takes aim at the wild beast, shoots and the crowd cheers.
What is Canned Hunting?
“Canned hunting is the hunting of an animal where the target is unfairly prevented from escaping the hunter, because of either physical constraints (fenced in) or mental constraints (habituation to humans).” Chris Mercer author of “Canned Hunting – A National Disgrace”
“Canned lion hunting has caused controversy in South Africa. The removal of wild animals from their natural habitat for captive breeding purposes, in order to mass produce living targets for wealthy foreigners who want to shoot these magnificent creatures, has profound moral implications.” Peter Hammond with Africa Christian Action
Snippets from Wikipedia about “Canned Hunting”:
The Humane Society of the United States is an outspoken critic of canned hunting. In a statement, the HSUS called canned hunts “cruel and brutal activities,” in which the hunted animal has “absolutely no chance of escape.” It went on to say that animals have been “psychologically conditioned to behave as a target by life in captivity.”
Some hunting groups, especially those who focus on hunters’ ethics, also object to canned hunting. These objections are on the grounds of “fair chase,” the idea that an animal has a fair chance of escaping the hunter, and it’s not too easy for the hunter to kill the animal.
If you’re not mad enough yet:
In 2005, internet hunting became a major news story when a man in Texas set up a webcam and remotely controlled gun to allow hunters to shoot from their computers. According the Humane Society, most internet hunts involve game ranches where animals are kept penned, making them essentially canned hunts.
Just last year…
Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) — A South African court ruled that the hunting of captive-bred lions shortly after their release into the wild should be allowed to resume.The Bloemfontein-based Supreme Court of Appeal this week struck down a law hindering the practice, known as “canned hunting” by its critics, after an appeal by the South African Predator Breeders Association. The law stipulated that lions had to roam free for two years after their release, making the industry unviable. “This ruling puts canned hunting right back on the agenda and further entrenches South Africa’s image of a country that puts animal welfare last while profiteering from an abhorrent form of hunting practice,” the International Fund for Animal Welfare said in an e-mail from its Cape Town office yesterday.
Totally horrified? There’s unfortunately so much more…read this heartbreaking situation
You know where most of trophy hunters come from? Sadly the USA.
Now there are many awful videos out there which I cannot watch so I will not note any here. However, I think I’ve made my point and made it clear that Nikela in no way endorses, supports or tolerates anyone or any organization who engages in any form of canned hunting, be it lions or other wildlife.
So the video depicting human-lion contact is being removed from the Nikela website and the Nikela Wildlife YouTube channel as we do not want to show anything that is in anyway could be associated with the despicable practice of canned lion hunting.