Join the #YouthForLions Global Movement!

Blood Lions® is a movie that sheds light on the South African predator breeding, canned hunting, cub petting and lion bone trade industries. The team at YouthForLions are here to inform and engage with YOU, the young people of the world, around these exploitative industries and how cub petting, walking with lions and volunteering at lion farms is contributing to their success.

Did you know that every single day in South Africa at least 2 to 3 captive bred or tame lions are being killed in canned hunts? We invite you to get involved and be part of a global youth movement for lions!

Pledge to be part of the change!

Sign our PLEDGE and SAY NO to animal interaction and facilities involved in the captive breeding and canned hunting industry.

CLICK on the button below to fill in our YouthForLions Pledge form.

Some important things to know

Visiting Lion Parks

Many lion parks are the face of breeding facilities! By visiting these farms and interacting with wild animals you are directly funding the captive breeding and canned hunting industry. There is no conservation value in breeding lions and predators in captivity, despite what the business owners might have you believe.  There are a few ‘real’ lion & predator sanctuaries though, see the YouthForLions toolkit (below) for important questions you need to ask to make sure you’re visiting a legitimate sanctuary.  Read more here or watch “Should Lions be bred for the bullet?” for more information.

Cuddling and Petting Lion Cubs

Who wouldn’t want to cuddle a lion cub, right? Lion cubs are adorable! Sadly though, interacting with lion cubs tames them and this means that they are unable to be released back into the wild. By paying to pet a lion cub you are essentially habituating them to humans, so they become easier to hunt when they’re too old and dangerous to pet! Read more here or watch “Should we be petting cubs and walking with lions?” for more information.

Walking with Lions

Walking with lions has become a popular addition to ordinary walking safari’s, giving the visitors a feeling of walking alongside a “wild” animal. The lions are trained (often using cruel techniques) to pose for photographs and cooperate for treats. The reality is that the owners of these lions are waiting for them to reach an age when they are old enough to be hunted.  Read more here or watch “Should we be petting cubs and walking with lions?” for more information.


Young people from all around the world come to “wild” South Africa to volunteer. They are often made to believe that they will be contributing to conservation, with the services or assistance they offer at a specific facility, as well as with the large amount of money they pay for the volunteer experience.  Essentially volunteers are used to hand rear and tame these animals so they are easier to handle, train and ultimately hunt. Read more here or watch “Wildlife Volunteering – conservation or con? for more information.

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What more can you do?

Pledge to be part of the change!

Join the YouthForLions movement. Sign our PLEDGE and SAY NO to animal interaction and facilities involved in the captive breeding and canned hunting industry.

CLICK on the button below to fill in our YouthForLions Pledge form and #JoinTheMovement.


Host a Blood Lions® screening

There’s nothing quite like watching the film to bring the message home.  Help us spread the word by holding a screening at your School or University, or even at home! Go to the WATCH THE FILM page to find out how you can purchase or stream the film in your country.

Contact us on if you would like to host a screening.

Download the YouthForLions Toolkit

We’ve created a toolkit for you to help get the message out and to get your friends and family involved too.  Click on any of the links below to download the material.

Powerpoint presentation – to share with friends, family and fellow students. This link leads you to a PDF of the presentation.  Please contact to request the power point with support notes.

Printable posters –  to help spread awareness about the film or to advertise a screening, two options are available:- want-to-cuddle or don’t-be-caught-with-blood – 

Questions to ask – when visiting a lion farm or other businesses that keep wild animals

Lion facts and figures – perfect for school projects

Discussion points – some questions for discussion and debate

Photos – visit our gallery to download photos to post on social media to spread the message

Desktop background – to help spread awareness

Bookmark – remember your place in the book and help YouthForLions spread awareness

Become a YouthForLions Ambassador

Are you an influential young person?  Are you part of a powerful network that you think could help us get the message out? Do you have cool and crazy ideas of how we could spread the Blood Lions and YouthForLions message?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, WE NEED YOU!
Why not consider becoming an Ambassador for us? Tell us your story and how you’d like to get involved by e-mailing




A documentary feature film that blows the lid off claims made by the predator breeding and canned hunting industries.


The NSPCA has huge animal welfare concerns for the animals exploited in the captive predator and canned hunting industry in South Africa. This industry is unregulated, uncontrolled and is responsible for untold cruelty. It is a tragedy that our wild animals are reduced to profit making machines. Coupled with this members of public are unwittingly encouraging and supporting this cruelty, so it is vital that the public are aware of the truth behind the industry so they can make informed decisions and hopefully choose not to support such an unethical industry.

Sr.Ainsley Hay, Manager, NSPCA Wildlife Protection Unit

Breeding magnificent wild creatures like lions in camps so that they can be slaughtered for ego and money is unconscionable and should be outlawed.  Lions have the right to live in the wild and to continue playing their unique role within the ecological communities of Africa.  The continued existence of the canned hunting industry is a moral outrage that diminishes us all.  This important film shines a light into the dark corners of this ugly business.


Cormac Cullinan, Cullinan & Associates Incorporated

Cruel, barbaric, macabre – all words used by Australian MPs about lion farming and the canned lion hunting industry in SA.  Our campaign was glad to be able to assist and participate in a full length documentary that aims to expose a brutal industry whose whole business model is routine, egregious cruelty to helpless animals – for fun.


Chris Mercer, Founder, CACH (Campaign Against Canned Hunting)

Captive lions have long been a blemish on South Africa’s wildlife and tourism landscape and their tragic story needed to be exposed before these practices negatively impacted on Brand South Africa. Congratulations to all involved in taking the time and making this happen.


Colin Bell, Tourism consultant and author of “Africa’s Finest”

“As a travel and conservation based organization, we find the “Blood Lions” documentary deeply disturbing. Despite being hard to watch, we urge people to get out there and see it. It is important to shed light on the dark and corrupt business of rearing lions for the purposes of hunting, in hopes of making a positive change. As we polled our membership, we found that individually each of our companies have chosen to stop booking all activities that contribute to this industry.”


The Safari Professionals – 30 Tour Operators based in the US and Canada

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.


Will Travers OBE, President Born Free Foundation

The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust, in providing support for the making of this Documentary, does so in the firm belief that it is important that the true facts behind captive lion breeding and canned lion hunting in South Africa, is brought to the attention of a global audience in order to create awareness which in turn will lead to much needed change.


Les Ward MBE, Chairman, The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust

This is a timely, courageous as well as a deeply disturbing documentary. It is at the same time, a voice for the wild and the voiceless … of saying “NO MORE!” to that terrible triad of financial opportunism, deceit and indifference to the non-human animal by those claiming to be conservationists.


Ian McCallum – Author, poet, psychiatrist and naturalist

With the constant pressure on wildlife, every effort must be made to keep our last vestiges of natural fauna and flora protected.    Canned hunting of any kind, along with the related consequences, must be condemned by humanity as not only a travesty of nature but also an utterly inhumane practise.   Taming lion cubs only to later hunt them is an utterly inhumane practice.   It is pseudo-hunting, a complete sham and does not even qualify as hunting on a sustainable use basis.   Wildlife conservation has to evolve into practices that are ethical, humanitarian and sustainable. This will not be achieved if there is not real and fair community involvement which has not been part of the hunting fraternity’s evolution.


Yvette Taylor, Executive Director, The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation

“Canned lion ‘hunting’ is nothing less than a bargain basement opportunity for foreign hunters to engage in one of South Africa’s most sordid practices. Hunting of captive bred lions entirely dependent on human fingerprints from cub to trophy is immoral, unethical and against all animal welfare concerns. The fact that it still continues as profitable commerce is a damning statement against all of us who have not properly engaged to snuff it out. Blood Lions is a good start to bring change.”


Dr Pieter Kat – Director: LionAid

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