Category Archives: Trophy hunting

Hunting is NOT Conservation

Don’t believe the lies. Whenever you see a trophy hunter claim “hunting is conservation”, post one or more of these pins or links.


Wildlife News: Hunting responsible for sharp decline in tropical wildlife and birds

Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals

Earth has lost more than half its wildlife in the last 40 years

Debunked: Five of the Most Pervasive Hunting Myths Unraveled

Trophy hunting is exploitation,  not conservation

Five reasons trophy hunting is not conservation

Hunting the murderous business

Trophy hunters - Conservation hunting because we can

Trophy hunters - Conservation Newspeak USE 1

Trophy hunters - Conservation hunting is



Message - Bullshit nice hypothesis shame if someone tested it

Message - Bullshit meters USE

Trophy hunters - Definition conservation

Trophy hunters - History is the best predictor

Trophy hunters - Extinction hunted to No. 1 The Great Auk

Trophy hunters - Extinction hunted to No. 2 The Hartbeest

Trophy hunters - Extinction animals hunted to No. 3 Caspian Tiger

Trophy hunters - Extinction Passenger Pigeon

Message - Extinction turtle sub-species the last one of his kind who died in 2012.jpg

Trophy hunters - Trophy and animals know the difference

Trophy hunters - Conservation leaving hunters to

Trophy hunters - Conservation only psychos believe

Trophy hunters - Economy we would rather have the wildlife

Trophy hunters - Stats

Trophy hunters - Economy USA

Trophy hunters - Economic benefits

Message - Extinction is forever

Message - Extinction take sides, last call, fight against

Message - Extinction rhino

Trophy hunters - Conservation why hunters kill rare animals

Untitled design (14)

Trophy hunters - Stupidity sees rare white moose let's kill it

Trophy hunters - Conservation hunters to Jewish welfare

Trophy hunters - Conservation trophy hunters pests

Proof trophy hunters don’t save a single animal

Six grisly facts trophy hunters don’t want you to know

Over half the world’s wildlife has been wiped out in the past 40 years

Global decline of large herbivores may lead to an empty landscape scientists say

Extinction of your favorite animal more real than you realize

How trophy hunting destroys conservation

20,000 species are near extinction is it time to rethink

60 percent of the world’s largest herbivores facing extinction

Decline of top predators is a threat to ecosystems scientists warn

Top carnivores help shape every aspect of their environments

More than three-quarters of large carnivores now in decline

Here’s every single animal that became extinct in the last 100 years

13 species we might have to say goodbye to in 2015

13 animals hunted to extinction

15 endangered species that are still on the menu

Endangered species in UK decline by 60 per cent in 40 years

List of most recent extinctions

What we have lost species extinction timeline

Tiny fish on the brink of extinction and the ramifications are huge

How the Western Black Rhino Went Extinct

Study finds hunters depleting lion and cougar populations

USFWS declares Eastern cougar extinct

Killing coyotes wrong when other measures work

The silencing of the wolves despite the howling of humans

Red wolves could be declared exinct in NC

Elephants attack as humans turn up the pressure

First class article on the Taiji dolphin killings in Denmark

Resurrecting the extinct frog with a stomach for a womb

Common justifications for eating animals hunting

Why does this famous conservationist keep shooting

Message - Engandered species 1Message - Engandered species 2

Lion Farming and Canned Lion Hunting


If people knew the truth about what happens in lion farming and canned lion hunting, most would want it stopped immediately.  I believe it is a case of getting the word out there, so everyone knows. If it can be made unacceptable to be seen or heard to be petting or walking with lion cubs due to its direct and close connection to trophy hunting – then the battle will be all but won.

Lion farming is an un-policed industry and lion farmers are notorious for their deviousness, frequently telling half-truths and out and out lies. These are people who choose to make money out of a whole lifetime of misery for lions in captivity only to end their life early as fodder for psychopathic “trophy hunters”, people who choose to spend tens of thousands this way rather than help animals or people they choose to kill.

Lion farming – or canned hunting – starts with taking the cubs from their mothers a few hours after birth and keeping them separate in spite of their cries. As there is only a small window of time where cubs can be petted of about three months so there needs to be a constant supply of cubs and the lionesses are used as breeding machines. What happens to those lions once they are too old to breed, or the cubs when they are too old to be petted, and too old to be walked with at only one year old? Cubs are often declawed at least on the front paws which is an extremely painful process akin to amputation.

Canned hunting is a brutal practice where on the surface of it, outfits under various guises of safari parks, farms, lodges, reserves and retreats, appear to love and care for lions – often stated to be orphaned lions – are in fact lion farms. Tourists pay large sums of money to visit and extra to pet cubs and ‘walk with lions’ as if it were a Butlins or Pontins holiday camp. The reality behind the scenes is something far different. These places are more like concentration camps for the lions.

Also deceived are volunteers from all over the world who come from all the world and often pay thousands for the privilege of being able to help care for the so-called ‘orphaned’ lion cubs. These places are set up in such a way that even the volunteers who work there can be deceived as to what is really going on. The volunteers may stay there for week and not realize that the place where they have volunteered is far from what they thought, a place to help animals but rather it is a place where they are mercilessly tortured and used, locked up and forced to walk with tourists like a dog instead of roaming free.

Lion cubs are often used in various publicity campaigns, including being hired out for weddings or other events. For example, he ‘psychic’ ‘spiritualist medium’ John Edward claims to know about canned hunting, but nevertheless posted pictures of himself petting cubs and walking with young lions on his Facebook page. He says he did the research and the place he visited, Ukutula, are known to be involved in canned hunting and supply trophy hunters. The truth is that probably John Edward’s ‘research’ amounted to a single question during a telephone call.  [Let’s leave this unspoken but you know that I know but it’s OK.]

Ukutula and John Edwards Final USEUkutula Final Use THIS

No matter what they say, the vast majority of the outfits that provide cub petting and walks with lions DO provide lions for canned hunting. It is only extremely rarely that lions are genuinely orphaned. Or else what do they do with them? Lion cubs can no longer be petted with after only four months old, and no longer walked with after they are a year old.

The demand from zoos or circuses is now very much reduced due to the ever increasing legislation against animals being used in this way, but the demand for lion parts especially lion bones for so-called tiger bone wine along with people who want to eat lion meat, means that a dead lion is worth a lot of money.

It is not surprising the people who do these horrible things for profit tell lies about it. Just like the puppy mill breeders don’t want people to know or see the truth about the dogs they breed. On the face of it, it looks innocent. The terrible cruelty is carried on behind the scenes.

There are hundreds of game farms in South Africa alone with many thousands of lions who were taken from their mothers shortly after birth and hand-reared, destined for a short life to be ended in a horrible way when they are often drugged taken to fenced off enclosure – the reason it is called ‘canned’ hunting – to be killed by a trophy hunter. Anyone can go on the internet and buy a lion for this purpose from any number of establishments and suppliers.

Lions - Trophy hunted by Donna Boddington

As many as half the lions killed in canned trophy hunting are killed by bow and arrow as the preferred weapon. It is more difficult to kill an animal with a bow and arrow and can be very distressing and painful. Many bowhunters are in fact sadists who enjoy the extra pain and distress that being killed this way usually causes. In order to preserve the head intact for the taxidermist often the animals are not shot in the head and whether shot by gun or by bow, often it takes several attempts to kill. In addition to this, many hunters are bad shots so it takes several attempts to kill the animal.

In the wild, lion cubs stay with their mother for two years where they learn how to hunt along with various social behaviours. In the natural state, lionesses have a litter about once every three years, but in lion farming, lionesses are forced to give birth over and over again, but are never allowed to keep the cubs.  They grieve and mourn terribly for cubs that are taken away from them. This is cruelty beyond belief.

The truth is that while humans enjoy petting and walking with cubs, it is not enjoyable for the cubs to be mauled by humans in that way and being made to walk like a dog. Having been taken away from their mother and hand-reared in a completely unnatural situation, the cubs simply don’t know any different.

Once reared in this way, the lions can never be released into the wild, as they have never learnt from their mother how to hunt and so they will always be magnetized to return to humans to supply their food. So the same people that hand-rear them in a false unnatural world, betray them to be sold to die an often painful death at the hands of an often amateur hunter. The lions cannot fail but understand that something is terribly wrong but there is no way for them to understand what that is.

There are pictures of lions at these farms showing that they are far too thin and clearly underfed and undernourished. Photographs also show that these animals look bored and unhappy and frustrated with their lives, as they are deprived of a natural life in the wild and all that would normally comprise. They are forced to do things that are unnatural, like walk with people as if they were dogs, and live in a unnatural way.

Often tourists are lied to, and unaware that the same lions they are petting and walking with will – at the end of their short and miserable life – be put in a field to be shot by someone who can’t think of anything better to do with thousands of pounds than kill for fun and bragging rights. Some will end up as part of a trophy room collection that can cost many millions as hunters fulfill hit-lists for various Safari Club International awards that involve travelling around the world to kill certain specific sub-species of animals.

Can you imagine the shock and horror for some people when they realize that the same cub they petted or walked with on their South African safari holiday had such a horrible life, with a future mapped out for them with an early death at the hands of despicable trophy hunters?

There are various indications that the true number of lions killed each year in Africa is far higher than we are led to believe and is possibly as high as 4,000 or even more. Many hunters from the US and elsewhere ‘dream’ of killing a male lion and see killing a lion – like some do an elephant – as a pinnacle of achievement.  The fact that most of the lions ‘hunted’ will in fact be canned lions, does not bother them. They lie about it to themselves and others.

Trophy hunters - Pinocchio

The sordid truth about canned hunting would offend the vast majority of people so the canned hunting operators take steps to deceive in order to pander to the pride and vanity of people that pay to kill animals, so they can boast about how they were the ‘great white hunter’.

They proudly tell their ‘hunting’ stories and show off their photographs taken next to the dead body, perhaps get a wallet or something made out of their skin, and/or take body parts, or the whole body back with them for stuffing and installing in their trophy or gun room.

Lion farming is not confined to Africa, and in the UK for example The Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire charges £250 per person to pet one of teir white lion cubs. As does the West Midland Safari & Leisure Park. As white lions are not an actual sub-species, those same white lions are known to suffer from various problems such as a high rates of both minor and serious birth defects due to in-breeding,

People and companies - Lions white West Midlands Safari Park People and companies - Lions white at Paradise Wildlife Park

Inbreeding of captive lions is causing serious problems so there is a much higher percentage of cubs being born with birth defects than would occur in the wild. These lions also suffer many nervous and other problems due to being frequently handled by tourists which is not natural for them.

The practice of hand-rearing captive lions comprises the health of the lions who are prone to suffer far more diseases and various health conditions than if they were raised by their mothers.  This makes them susceptible to illnesses such as tuberculosis which makes the threat of total extinction that much more of a realistic possibility.

These lions do not live a natural or pleasant life and this has been observed to have a profound effect on the lions, so that they are emotionally disturbed, as a human child would be. There are accounts of people who have worked in lion breeding outfits or farms who have been very distressed at what they have witnessed there, such as the account on the Sanwild Lion Rescue site.


South Africa has an appalling wildlife protection record in recent years fueled by corruption, lack of political will and pure out and out greed. Professor Pieter Potgieter, chairperson of the South African Predator Breeders’ Association, defended the industry saying there is little difference between breeding lions and any other mammal. “Chickens are killed by humans. How are lions different from them?” he asked.

“In principle a lion is not more or less than a crocodile, an ostrich or a butterfly. It’s a form of life. Breeding animals for human exploitation is a natural human process,” he said. Potgieter said that breeding and hunting lions was only deplorable in the eyes of the public because a “sympathetic myth has been created about the lion as the king of the animals”.

He justified the practice, saying the export of lion bones is a legal trade authorised by the department of environmental affairs and denied that South Africa’s approach to captive breeding and canned lion hunting was feeding into the Asian demand for lion bones. “I don’t think that market is being created by the South African situation. That would happen anyhow and the more the Asian tiger gets extinct, the more people will try to get hold of lion bones as a substitute,” he said.

The extinction risk for lions is now even greater than rhino.

The following is from an article by Faranaaz Parker in the South African newsapaper, Mail & Guardian:

“Conservationists have warned that captive breeding and canned hunting programmes in South Africa are providing a source for the lion bone trade. Canned lion hunting is legal in South Africa, as is the exporting of lion carcasses. Lion populations across Africa have been reduced by 90% over the past 50 years, but lion breeders say their operations have nothing to do with the continent’s wild populations.

Breeders can benefit financially a number of times from the same lion. Cubs are often rented as tourist attractions and visitors pay to pet and interact with them. The fee paid by visitors is then fed back into captive breeding programmes. As adults, the lions are sold to hunters in canned hunting arrangements.

Farmers and hunting operators charge in the region of about $20 000 (R160 000) as a “trophy price” and hunters can expect to pay around $18 000 (R145 000) for other services, excluding taxidermy.

But the hunters are only interested in the head and skin of the lion, and often leave the bones with the breeder, who can then sell the bones, with a government permit, to Asian buyers for use in making lion bone wine.

It’s estimated that a complete lion skeleton can sell for as much as R80 000. Last year it emerged that over 1400 lion and leopard trophies were legally exported from the country in 2009 and 2010.  [Most are exported illegally.]

The campaign against canned lion hunting

Lion killed

Please read this before you volunteer or pet or walk with lion cubs

Why Trophy Hunting Must End Now

People and companies - Charlotte and Dan Peyerks

You might not have heard about Dan and Charlotte Peyerk from Michigan. Charlotte was arrested for illegally killing a grizzly bear in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Her son Mark was also convicted and they were ordered to pay fines of $25,000 and $30,000 respectively.

In court, it was mentioned that the Peyerks tried to alter the date on their camera so that the trophy pictures would show that the bear was shot during the hunting season. The Peyerks also falsified the date of the kill on a state harvest tag and on a Safari Club International trophy entry form.

Later hunts were more successful, according to federal prosecutors. U.S. District Court magistrate Scott Oravec was apparently offended by the lengths to which the Peyerks went to cover up their poaching. “In imposing sentence, (he) commented that besides the illegal taking of wildlife, the more aggravated criminal conduct was the defendants’ multiple written false statements to cover up the illegal kill,” the government’s press release said.

This is typical of the behaviors of these trophy hunters. That is why usually the first thing that comes out of their mouths is “The hunt was legal“!   Killing animals such as lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hippos, zebra and rare antelope, deer and sheep for sport ought not to be legal and many people amazed that it is.  Anyone with enough money can go to any one of a number of sites on the internet and buy a permit to kill these animals.

There is a bloodbath going on not just because of poaching, but through the legal killing of animals whose lives are sold for hard cash. The law must be changed to protect them before it’s too late as more and more species and sub-species become endangered or extinct.

Screen Shot 02-04-16 at 09.13 PM2

Astonishingly this is the hobby of many wealthy people in the US, who would rather obsessively travel the globe to kill as many animals as possible of as many different species as possible – including rare and endangered animals which most of them particularly relish and will pay small fortunes for the permit to kill – rather than to help animals or people.

Each year tens of thousands of animals are killed by US hunters in foreign countries. The body parts are legally imported back into the US. While the Endangered Species Act only allows importation of endangered species for scientific research, there are loopholes allowing trophy imports.

Pro-trophy hunters argue this is good for conservation. Their stance is that the money spent on the hunt is poured back into the community for conservation efforts. In reality, research published by the International Council of Game and Wildlife Conservation (a pro-hunting group) shows that only 3% of revenue from hunts goes back to local communities.

Other research has shown that hunting has almost no benefit whatever to the local communities, although it usually does have a detrimental effect, as it inevitably has a negative impact on local ecosystems.  There are links to a number of these articles on the Welcome page of this blog.

In contrast, ecotourism is a $77 billion global industry, employing tour operators, guides, lodge and restaurant employees. vehicle drivers, park guards and people who benefit from the sale of souvenirs.

According to the Alaska Dispatch – like so many other trophy hunters, who often become obsessed with their ‘hobby’ – big game pursuits in all corners of the globe soon became Charlotte Peyerk’s passion, and her list of accomplishments is truly impressive. Charlotte’s hunts include 26 countries on five continents. She has taken far more than 174 animals to date of which hundreds are registered with SCI (Safari Club International), and she has taken 17 species of sheep in five years.

In spite of the fact that she was convicted by a federal court for illegally hunting the bear, Charlotte Peyerk was awarded the club’s (Safari Club International) Diana Award in 2010, on top of that Charlotte is also listed as vice chairwoman of the award selection committee.

You would think that the Ethics Committee will censure Charlotte, and strip her of her Diana Award, and cancel her membership. Instead the Safari Club International promotes this “stamp collector” approach to hunting with various levels of awards. There are mutterings within the hunting community that SCI members regularly flaunt rules by engaging in shady hunts. The awards are terribly important to these trophy hunters because these Safari hunting Clubs offers dozens of awards for killing an assortment of its more than 500 different “record book” animals, ranking the biggest tusks, horns, antlers, skulls and bodies of hunted animals. Hunters receive “Grand Slam” and “Inner Circle” award trophies, among others, for shooting a prescribed list of animals. For example, the “Trophy Animals of Africa” award requires the hunter to kill 79 different African species to win the highest honor.

SCI has an award for “Introduced Trophy Animals of North America,” glorifying hunters who frequent captive hunting ranches. To earn every SCI award at the minimum level, a hunter must kill at least 171 different animals. Many members go well beyond that number. Some of these hunters have more than 600 different animals listed in SCI’s record books.

SCI has dozens of award categories like:

The Diana Award to encourage women to hunt.

The Young Hunter Award to encourage children to hunt.

The International Hunting Award, based on the number and quality of trophies, the number of countries hunted in, total number of hunts taken and the level of entries in the record book.

The World Conservation & Hunting Award, which has nothing to do with conservation. Rather, hunters must kill more than 300 species on six continents.

World Hunting Award Rings require 11 Grand Slams, 17 Inner Circle Awards at the Diamond Level, the Fourth Pinnacle of Achievement and the Crowning Achievement Award—which amounts to a huge menagerie of dead animals.

Inner Circle Awards include Trophy Animals of Africa, Spiral-horned Antelopes of Africa, Pygmy Antelopes of Africa, Wild Turkey Trophy Animals of North America, Introduced Animals of North America, Trophy Animals of South America, Antlered Game of the Americas, Trophy Animals of Europe, Trophy Animals of Asia, Trophy Animals of the South Pacific, Wild Pigs and Peccaries of the World, Antlered Game of the World, Mountain Game of the World, Wild Sheep of the World, Chamois of the World, Red Deer/Wapiti of the World, Predators of the World, Ibex of the World, Gazelles of the World, Wild Oxen of the World and Wild Goats of the World.

Grand Slams, including the African Big Five, Dangerous Game of Africa, African 29, North American 29, Cats of the World, Bears of the World, North American Wild Sheep, North American Elk, North American Caribou, North American Deer, White-tailed Deer of the World, European Deer, Moose of the World, South American Indigenous Animals and Wild Turkey.

Trophy hunters are usually very competitive and love to show off.  No wonder hunters like Charlotte, Melissa Bachmann, Olivia Nacos Opre, Corey Knowlton, the Schockey family and and many, many more must have been under sufficient pressure to kill so many animals to win these awards!

Time has come that we should stop these Safari hunting Clubs from encouraging such excesses and the endless quest for sick awards to those who have lots of spare money and who call themselves “conservationists”?

This is a matter of kill as many animals as you can in as many continents as you can in the shortest time to be awarded all these trophies.

This is the most disgusting sick sport ever and must be stopped!

I am sure that if the general public knew this was happening, the vast majority would not agree that hunting ought to be a pastime at all – particularly trophy hunting – and there are estimates that would be around 95% of the general population.

To normal right-thinking people these practices would be abhorrent and if people knew what was going on there would be such an outcry that laws would be passed to make these practices illegal.  Yet most people don’t even know that this is happening.  

Let’s share the heck out of this article, with friends, family, and anyone and everyone else we know on or outside of Facebook.

The best way to help the animals is to tell the world what is going on, as there are far too many people who don’t know.

Safari Club International Awards and animal hit lists, awards and recipients:

Trophy hunters - Stupidity sees rare white moose let's kill it

Logo Brown Medium

Trophy Hunting and Hunters Exposed MP3s

[audio|titles=on Trophy Hunting|artists=The Big Questions BBC1|animation=no|remaining=yes|initialvolume=72|width=355]

This debate on Trophy Hunting begins about halfway through, the first half being abuse in the Catholic church.

These are both DEFINITELY worth listening to:

Barbaric Practices of Recreational Hunting

Although it was a crucial part of humans’ survival many thousands of years ago, hunting is now nothing more than a violent form of recreation that the vast majority of hunters do not need for subsistence.

Hunting has contributed to the extinction of massive numbers of animal species and sub-species all over the world, such as three of the nine sub-species of tiger, so that now it is estimated that apart from those in captivity due to tiger farming by the Chinese and Vietnamese, there are now only around 3,000 tigers of all six remaining sub-species left in the wild.

For example, in recent times, there were five rhino species represented by 13 subspecies. Three of the subspecies are now extinct, two others (Ceratotherium simum cottoni and Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrisoni) are perilously close to extinction, and one (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis lasiotis) may already be extinct, despite unconfirmed reports of its continued existence.

Recent figures for rhino species and subspecies are:

1. Northern white rhinoceros [Ceratotherium s. cottoni]
Southern white rhinoceros [Ceratotherium s. simum] 20,405

2. Southwestern black rhinoceros [Diceros bicornis] 1,900
Western black rhinoceros [Diceros b. bicornis longipes]  0
Southern black rhinoceros [Diceros b. bicornis minor] 2,200
Eastern black rhinoceros [Diceros bicornis michaeli] 750

3. Indian rhinoceros [Rhinoceros unicornis]  (in 2007) 2,575
aka Greater one-horned rhinoceros

4. Javan rhinoceros
Rhinoceros sondaicus sondaicus 60
Rhinoceros sondaicus annamiticus 0
Rhinoceros sondaicus inermis 0

5. Sumatran rhinoceros
Dicerorhinus sumatrensis lasiotis 0 (unconfirmed)
Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrisoni 30
Dicerorhinus sumatrensis sumnatrensis 220

Despite these low numbers rhino 1004 were poached last year and 172 up to mid March 2014.  Poaching though is not the only reason numbers have dwindled to such a critically low number, as in recent years many rhino have also been legally hunted and killed.

In a practice called trophy hunting, it is still possible to legally hunt lions, leopards and other big cats, elephants, rhino, giraffes, hippos, and any number of deer and antelope by buying a permit at a Safari Club International auction, for example, or online from various hunting organisations.    It is also possible to kill rare animals.  The rarer the animal the higher the price ‘hunters’ will pay for the permit to kill one.

There are various different types of trophy hunters.  There are those who just kill wildlife such as cats, bears, wolves, deer, raccoons, duck, whatever.   Some of them are competitive about how many they kill and the size of the antlers, etc. others just go hunting as a hobby at weekends and typically go on hunting holidays.

Then there is a large comparatively sophisticated group of wealthy trophy hunters who travel to compete for various awards by killing certain numbers of animals of particular species in different countries and on all five continents.

There are many different types of awards which are organised by the Safari Club International (SCI).  The SCI is an international organization with more than 50,000 members and 180 local chapters.  The SCI is dedicated to protecting the freedom to hunt and – they say “promoting wildlife conservation”.

Less than 5 percent of the US population  – about 13.7 million people – hunt.  Yet hunting is permitted in many wildlife refuges, national forests, and state parks and on other public lands. Almost 40 percent of hunters slaughter and maim millions of animals on public land every year, and by some estimates, poachers kill just as many animals illegally.

Pain and Suffering

Many animals endure prolonged, painful deaths when they are injured but not killed by hunters. A study of 80 radio-collared white-tailed deer found that of the 22 deer who had been shot with “traditional archery equipment,” 11 were wounded but not recovered by hunters.  Twenty percent of foxes who have been wounded by hunters are shot again. Just 10 percent manage to escape, but “starvation is a likely fate” for them, according to one veterinarian.  A South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks biologist estimates that more than 3 million wounded ducks go “unretrieved” every year.

A British study of deer hunting found that 11 percent of deer who’d been killed by hunters died only after being shot two or more times and that some wounded deer suffered for more than 15 minutes before dying.  Other studies in the US have also shown that half or more of the deer who are shot are not killed, and can live for days, weeks or months afterwards, and so die long and painful deaths.

Hunting disrupts migration and hibernation patterns and destroys families. For animals such as wolves, who mate for life and live in close-knit family units, hunting can devastate entire communities. The stress that hunted animals suffer—caused by fear and the inescapable loud noises and other commotion that hunters create—also severely compromises their normal eating habits, making it hard for them to store the fat and energy that they need in order to survive the winter.

Nature Takes Care of Its Own

The delicate balance of ecosystems ensures their survival —if they are left unaltered. Natural predators help maintain this balance by killing only the sickest and weakest individuals. Hunters, however, kill any animal whose head they would like to hang over the fireplace—including large, healthy animals who are needed to keep the population strong. Elephant poaching is believed to have increased the number of tuskless animals in Africa, and in Canada, hunting has caused bighorn sheep’s horn size to fall by 25 percent in the last 40 years. Nature magazine reports that “the effect on the populations’ genetics is probably deeper”.

Even when unusual natural occurrences cause overpopulation, natural processes work to stabilize the group. Starvation and disease can be tragic, but they are nature’s ways of ensuring that healthy, strong animals survive and maintain the strength of the rest of their herd or group. Shooting an animal because he or she might starve or get sick is arbitrary and destructive.

Another problem with hunting involves the introduction of exotic “game” animals who, if they’re able to escape and thrive, pose a threat to native wildlife and established ecosystems.

Canned Cruelty

Most hunting occurs on private land, where laws that protect wildlife are often inapplicable or difficult to enforce. On private lands that are set up as for-profit hunting reserves or game ranches, hunters can pay to kill native and exotic species in “canned hunts.” These animals may be native to the area, raised elsewhere and brought in, or purchased from individuals who are trafficking in unwanted or surplus animals from zoos and circuses. The animals are hunted and killed for the sole purpose of providing hunters with a “trophy.”

Canned hunts are big business—there are an estimated 1,000 game preserves in the U.S., with some 5,000 so-called “exotic ranchers” in North America. Ted Turner, the country’s largest private landowner, allows hunters to pay thousands of dollars to kill bison, deer, African antelopes, and turkeys on his 2 million acres.

Animals on canned-hunting ranches are often accustomed to humans and are usually unable to escape from the enclosures that they are confined to, which range in size from just a few yards to thousands of acres. Most of these ranches operate on a “no-kill, no-pay” policy, so it is in owners’ best interests to ensure that clients get what they came for. Owners do this by offering guides who are familiar with animals’ locations and habits, permitting the use of dogs, and supplying “feeding stations” that lure unsuspecting animals to food while hunters lie in wait.

While many states have limited or banned canned hunts, there are no federal laws regulating this cruel practice at this time.

Other Victims

Hunting accidents destroy property and injure or kill horses, cows, dogs, cats, hikers, and other hunters. In 2006, then–Vice President Dick Cheney famously shot a friend while hunting quail on a canned hunting preserve. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, thousands of injuries are attributed to hunting in the U.S. every year—and that number only includes incidents involving humans.

The bears, cougars, caracals, and bob cats, deer, foxes, and other animals who are chased, trapped, and even killed by dogs during – sometimes illegal – hunts aren’t the only ones to suffer from this variant of the “sport.”  Dogs used for hunting are often kept chained or penned and are denied routine veterinary care such as vaccines and heartworm medication. Some are lost during hunts and never found, whereas others are turned loose at the end of hunting season to fend for themselves and die of starvation or get struck by vehicles.

The widespread cruel practice of canned hunting of lions

There are few wild lions left in Africa, and just about all hunting of lions is of specially bred lions in a practice called “canned hunting”.  This is often ressed up to look more authentic, with so-called ‘hunts’ being staged by companies who will, for example, pretend to ‘search’ for the lion when they know where it will be as it was put there just a few days ago in a large enclosure, alone for the first time in its short life.  Sometimes the animals are drugged beforehand.  The ‘hunters’ are often bad shots, and take several shots to kill the animals which can suffer quite badly in the process.   There are videos on Youtube which clearly show this to be the case and are quite difficult to watch.

Lions - For sale killing

The hunting of the bred lions is not the only reason for complete rejection of this industry as being unethical from the point of view of animal protection. The road to suffering for the lions on the South African breeding farms begins shortly after their birth.

Separated from the mother too soon

Often the lion cubs are separated from their mothers only three days after their birth. This practice has often fatal consequences, not including the mental suffering that these animals suffer: Due to the lack of milk provided by the mother, multiple deficiencies are displayed in the young animals. The cubs frequently suffer from bone deformations, breathing and digestive problems, thyroid problems, calcium deficiencies, tuberculosis and many other illnesses, the results of which have a significant effect on the animals when they grow up.

The keeping conditions for the young animals are also often completely unacceptable: Water, food and shade are hard to come by in many of the cages. In the some cases, female cubs are shot shortly after their birth as they are rarely in demand for hunting.

Patting is stress

Even when they are only babies, the little lion cubs are abused as tourist attractions. They are raised by hand, so tourists can be charged to pet them or when they get older, walk with them. Everywhere in South Africa you can find the offers to pat a lion cub, take your photo with a lion cub or to go for a walk with a half grown lion.

This is pure stress for the motherless lion cubs: young animals have a great need for calm and so the constant contact to people and the bad keeping conditions lead to massive behavioural disturbances. Even their physical development is strongly affected. In addition, more and more people are being attacked and injured by young lions.

Lionesses as breeding machines

The breeding lionesses are in heat again very shortly after their young cubs are taken away from them and are then instantly mated again. Abused as “breeding machines”, continuously exposed to the traumatic experience of losing their young. Because they are giving birth much more often than they would be doing under natural conditions, after only a few years they become drained and weak. The cubs that are bred to these lionesses while they are in this condition also have a bad constitutions.

In the wild, lionesses usually give birth once every two years – on the breeding farms they have to give birth every six months. It is not rare for drained or small lionesses to end up being “special offers” for hunters.

Misinformation for tourists …

The lion breeders falsely describe themselves as “nature protectionists” and claim to tourists that the animals are being bred to be later released into the wild. This is obvious misinformation. Predators that are born in captivity, especially when they have been raised by hand, cannot be successfully released into the wild.

… and volunteers

Voluntary workers from Europe are often attracted to the breeding farms as volunteers, to work together with the farms to breed lions. It’s not rare for these volunteers to pay a lot of money for a six week stay in a so-called “rescue station” or a “game reserve”.

However these offers have nothing to do with the protection of species or animals. The young lions suffer on these farms. Anyone doing volunteer work or gaining work experience here is supporting the horrific lion industry – even if they don’t intend to or realize that they are doing so.

As a general rule, the sad end destination of a South African breeding lion is a Canned Hunting farm.

Please read this short but well-written article to see how badly lions suffer in this process, as the mothers cry for their cubs who are in turn crying for them, for many months, usually within hearing distance of each other.

Sanwild Lion Rescue on  the Exploitation of Lions

Cruel Louisiana Hunter Gored by Wounded Buck

While of course it is regrettable this hunter was seriously wounded, typically of so many hunters – where half the animals shot are not killed only wounded – his own account shows that he has little or no regard for the suffering of the animals he shoots:

On Christmas Eve last year 2013 Louisiana hunter Bobby Neames shot a big 6-point buck before even climbing his stand. But 15 minutes later the buck charged, and Neames found himself fighting for his life.  The 46-year-old hunter set out the morning before Christmas in East Feliciana Parish, La., reports the Louisana Sportsman. Neames was expecting company for lunch and still had cooking to do, but the rut peaked on Christmas and he could not resist a quick hunt.

[Editor: Hardly normal behaviour not to be able to resist going hunting when you are imminently expecting guests for lunch.  Surely evidence that this man was gripped by the addictive bloodlust that drives some of these people to kill many hundreds of deer, wolves, foxes and raccoons, etc. in the course of one year?]

Neames walked just 400 yards from his home to his hunting spot. As he approached the food plot near his box stand, he stopped in a shooting lane to scan the field. He spotted a 6-point eating rice bran from a feeder 75 yards away. Neames recognized the deer as a buck he’d been hunting for three years, although this was the first time he encountered it during daylight.

But the bruiser saw Neames at the field’s edge and took off toward a thicket. Neames back-pedalled and dropped to one knee, raising his .270 Winchester. He aimed for its neck, the only shot available, and squeezed the trigger. The buck made it just 20 yards along a main trail before Neames heard it crash.

Neames said he usually waits 45 minutes before recovering a deer. But he felt pressed for time and was confident in his shot, so instead he set off to retrieve the buck after waiting just 15 minutes.

“Usually with a neck shot they’d fall right there, but being he didn’t run but 20 yards and I never heard anything else, I walked on over there,” Neames told Louisiana Sportsman. “I was probably just too anxious. That’s maybe one of the mistakes I made, not giving him enough time. But I never heard him kicking anymore, and I just figured he was dead.”

Neames chambered a second bullet before following. He walked along the trail, stopping 20 feet away when he spotted the buck. It lay on the ground, leaning over its two front legs. He noticed the shot had clearly missed the bone to hit just below the white patch. The buck was facing the opposite direction it had fled, which meant he was facing directly toward Neames. Then the hunter and the buck made eye contact.

Even with his finger on the trigger, Neames didn’t have a chance to react. He said the buck leapt forward from the ground, its hooves never touching the dirt until it reached him. “I do remember thinking, ‘I can’t believe this deer is jumping like this,’” Neames told the website. “It’s amazing how much you can think in thousandths of a second.”

The buck drove his antlers into Neames’ right thigh and flung him. “When he picked me up and threw me, I felt it just rip,” he said. “I knew I was hurt bad because I felt it rip my leg open. He threw me like I was nothing.”

He landed with a 7-inch gash in his thigh and without his gun. The buck snagged the strap when it charged and the rifle was now tangled in its antlers. The buck didn’t seem to notice, and charged Neames again as he lay on the ground.

“He’s fighting me and I remember the gun hitting me in the head and slinging around. I remember thinking if he don’t kill me, the damn gun will go off and shoot me. I was scared to death because I knew it was off safety.”

Neames struggled with the buck for several minutes. At 6-feet tall and 240 pounds, Neames said his size saved him. He was able to hold the buck off for a bit, but he was still trapped on the ground.

“All I could do was try to grab his horns every time he came down at me. If my hands would have slipped off one time, he’d have just rammed the horns through my chest,” Neames told the website. “I knew I had to protect my lungs, my heart and my face. But I was on my back and I couldn’t get to my feet.”

As the buck made another charge, Neames seized its antlers. “The last time he came at me, something told me to just twist his neck like you’d bulldog a steer,” he said. “I twisted his neck and he did a complete flip all the way over me.”

The buck crashed. Its antlers caught on the ground for a few seconds, giving Neames a chance to scramble away. He made it just 8 feet, but it was far enough.

The buck looked at him and fled with the rifle still in its antlers.

Neames’ son later found the dented rifle covered in blood 30 yards down the path.

Neames successfully fought off the buck, but now he faced a 400-yard hike uphill to his house. He didn’t think he would get that far, but somehow made it to his back patio before collapsing. His 21-year-old daughter found him covered in blood and thought his rifle misfired. She dialed 911 and a helicopter airlifted him to Baton Rouge.

The medical staff was unsure if Neames had suffered internal injuries and he underwent 90 minutes of emergency surgery. In addition to the 7-inch gash in his thigh, doctors discovered the buck’s antler had gouged a further 7-inches below the surface. But apart from a few other cuts Neames sustained no broken bones or internal injuries. He returned home late on Christmas Eve with 23 staples and multiple stitches in his thigh.

Neames has hunted for 33 years and he didn’t let the accident stop him from hunting again in January. “It was just a freak thing that happened. He was just doing what was natural to him, trying to survive,” Neames told the website.

Despite the trauma of the attack, Neames said the worst part of the whole incident was losing the buck. No one has seen the deer since the attack and he suspects it didn’t survive. But he hopes it recovered–he wants a second chance to take the buck next season.

by Natalie Krebs