NEWS: Official statement by African Lion Working Group (ALWG) on canned hunting and captive breeding

It is the opinion of the African Lion Working Group (ALWG) that captive-bred lion hunting, which is defined by ALWG as the sport hunting of lions that are captive bred and reared expressly for sport hunting and/ or sport hunting of lions that occur in fenced enclosures and are not self-sustaining does not provide any demonstrated positive benefit to wild lion conservation efforts and therefore cannot be claimed to be conservation.

In addition while more data are still needed, the international lion bone trade that is currently being supplied by the South African captive-bred lion industry may fuel an increased demand for wild lion bones elsewhere. This could negatively impact wild lion populations and hinder conservation efforts. The recent dramatic increase in lion bone trade should be reason for concern.

The estimated 8,000 lions in South Africa currently being maintained and bred on game farms as part of this industry should not be included in any assessments of the current status of wild lions.

Captive breeding of lions for sport hunting, hunting of captive-bred lion and the associated cub petting industry are not conservation tools. In our opinion they are businesses and outside the remit of the African Lion Working Group and should be dealt with accordingly.


Want to see ‘Blood Lions’? Here’s how…

There has been a lot of buzz about the canned hunting documentary Blood Lions, however many people have been unable see to it due to the film only being viewed through limited screenings.

But now there’s good news for those who want to see what the hype is about but have been unable to attend the events – the documentary is going to be released on DVD.

The Blood Lions team on Wednesday announced that the documentary will become available on DVD in March.

“Thanks to an extraordinary partnership with Indigenous Film Distribution, the dynamic team that brought you a ground breaking feature documentary called Blood Lions in 2015, are proud to announce that you can now purchase your very own full version DVD copy in South Africa,” the team said on their site.

The DVD can be pre-ordered on for a special introductory price of R85.

It seems that after the introductory period is over, the DVD’s price will increase to R119.

The DVD will be shipped to customers on March 14.