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Blood Lions at Maritzburg College

Lions bred for slaughter in South Africa is big business. Over 700 captive-bred, hand-reared lions were killed in the country last year, fueling a multimillion-dollar international industry.

 ‘Blood Lions’ follows acclaimed environmental journalist and safari operator Ian Michler, and Rick Swazey, an American hunter, on their journey to uncover the realities about predator breeding and canned lion hunting. Michler investigates the breeding farms where lions are hand-reared to be sold to the hunting industry. We witness the results of battery farming that provide stark contrast to lives of wild lions.

Aggressive farmers resent Michler’s questions, but the high ly profitable commercialisation of lions is plain to see – cub petting, volunteer recruitment, lion walking, hunting, and the new lion bone trade are all on the increase. It is a story that blows the lid off all the conservation claims made by the breeders and hunters in attempting to justify what they do.

The screening is to be held at Maritzburg College in the Alan Paton Memorial Hall on the 19th of October at l7h30. Tickets are R80.00pp and can be booked at: Tickets will also be available at the door. Secure parking is available on Princess Margaret Drive. (For the protection of our basketball court surface, ladies are requested not to wear high heeled/ stiletto shoes.)