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Doccie looks at lions bred for slaughter

MARITZBURG College in collaboration with Wildlands Conversation Trust and the film’s producers, brings you the local premiere screening of the internationally acclaimed documentary Blood Lions.

 Lions bred for slaughter in SA is big business. Over 700 captive-bred, hand-reared lions were killed in the country last year, fuelling 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 highly 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 October l9 at 5.30 pm. Tickets are R80 each 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 the basketball court surface, women are requested not to wear high heeled/stiletto shoes.

 This challenging conservation production is being hosted at Maritzburg College in acknowledgement of their efforts and support of Project Rhino KZN, and the Youth Warriors conservation theme #LetOurVoicesBeHeard. Your support will be appreciated.