Blood and Beauty2018-03-31T05:12:03+00:00
The power of man, the suffering of animals, and the call to mercy.

DOMINION

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TROPHY HUNTING

BLOOD AND BEAUTY

The industry that blurs the lines between killing and conservation

Lions unconsciously slaughtered for bragging rights, a head on the wall or a skin on the floor. The thrill of putting a bullet in the head of an endangered species and cloaking it as conservation is greenwashing the fact that this is slaughter, not a sport. Trophy hunting is counter-evolutionary, as is based on selectively taking the large, robust, and healthy males from a population for a hunter’s trophy room. These are the same crucial animals that in a natural system would live full lives contributing their genes to future generations.

LIONS HAVE VANISHED FROM 16 AFRICAN COUNTRIES LEAVING ONLY 20,000 WILD LIONS LEFT.

lion cubs

OFF WITH YOUR HEAD

Hunting has became equated with status, virility, and power

THE PRICE TO SHOOT A WILD LION

$50,000

Trophy Hunting is called “sport” to disguise a cruel killing spree as a socially acceptable activity. However, the concept of sport involves competition between two consenting parties, adherence to rules and fairness. In hunting, the animal is forced to participate in a disgusting vile game of life and death.

Lions are hunted to augment the egos of wealthy hunters to display as an exotic trophy for the thrill of the chase under the guise of conservation. Safari Club International (SCI) members kill lions to win ‘Grand Slam’ and ‘Inner Circle’ titles. Members often take “short-cuts” to beat competitors by killing captive bred lions in canned hunts. The lions are bred in captivity, enclosed in a fence, and have no real escape from the hunters. Unethical behavior, corruption, and greed are rampant in this blood-thirsty competition.

As lions are killed at an alarming rate, the effects ripple down the food chain and affect all of the species in that chain. The trophy hunting industry re-invents justifications to suit their need to continue the ego-driven senseless and outdated fetish of killing off Africa’s male lions.

TELL SECRETARY OF INTERIOR, RYAN ZINKE TO STOP THE IMPORT OF LION HEADS

60% OF ALL LIONS KILLED IN THE NAME OF SPORT ARE SHIPPED TO THE U.S.

TENACITY & VALOR, LION IS KING.

The African Lion is listed on The Endangered Species List.

Renowned for its majesty and valor, the lion is graced with beauty and strength. These magnificent wild cats are threatened by habitat loss, poaching, human-lion conflict, and trophy hunting. Lions have lost 85% of their historic range due to exploding human populations resulting in overgrowth of agriculture and roads.

Growing to lengths of 8 feet and weighing half a ton, lions have complex social structures and live in groups called “prides” which consist of 3 males, a dozen related females and their offspring. Prides can have up to 40 lions.

When not sleeping 20 hours a day, lions within their pride are affectionate and relish in touching, head rubbing, licking and purring. The males are territorial and will roar and use scent markings to establish their domain. The loudest roar of all big cats, a male lion’s roar can be heard up to five miles away. Their ferocious roar locates other lions as well as to proclaim their territory. A pride’s territory may include up to 100 square miles of vast savannah.

As dominant predator, the lion exerts top-down influence to keep the entire ecosystem in balance. The lion’s iconic existence plays a key role in the food chain accounting for 85% of the predation of herbivores. Lions control species population by spotlighting the weakest herd animals.

CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Killing one lion may kill an entire pride

HERE’S WHY

A single license allows for the kill of a mature male, and the elimination of a dominant male from a pride severely shifts the dynamics within the pride. Lion prides consist of 2 or 3 males, 8 females, and up to 20 cubs. When one male is killed, the remaining males are left vulnerable and are ousted by marauding males. Male lions desire to start their own families and kill all the cubs. One license kills one male and his partner, as well as about 20 cubs, and often mothers who die trying to defend her cubs.

Death tally for one hunting license

23 LIONS

REVENUE

Hunting organizations contribute about 3% of their revenue to communities living in “hunting areas”. Expenditure does not accrue to local communities, but to national governments, firms, and foreign-based outfitters due to corruption and other spending requirements.

“CAMPFIRE CEO Phindile Ncube told CBS News that his rural district, Hwange, made more than $158,000 in hunting fees during the past year. He claimed that the money goes to infrastructure and food programs for local communities. But when CBS interviewed local villagers, they said they haven’t received a cent from the council.” (National Geographic)

OVER HUNTING

The hunters have hunted excessively and with no regard to the future of the species. Hunting has been carried out in absolute excess with little regard to the species endangerment or survival. Between 2005 and 2014, more than 1.26 million wildlife trophies were imported to the U.S.

CORRUPTION

Emmaual Fundira heads the Safari operations in Zimbabwe. He vocalizes the wealthy Americans like Walter Palmer make up the bulk of Zimbabwe’s trophy hunters. The high priced hunting fees are assumed to be allocated for conservation and local community projects. Fundira told CBS News it rarely does, blaming corrupt government officials.

KEEPING SCORE

Trophy hunters are motivated by the competitions sponsored by trophy hunting organizations. The world’s largest trophy hunting advocacy organization is U.S.-based Safari Club International (SCI) which reportedly has over 50,000 members.  “Inner Circle” awards recognize various hunting achievements, such as killing animals with a handgun, killing animals on each continent and getting the most entries into the SCI record book. To win the highest SCI award, known as “World Hunter of the Year,” a hunter must kill more than 300 animals across the globe.

LIONS HAVE ONE DEADLY PREDATOR

HUMANS

a lion's roar
We Can Save Together

Pledge to help lions

Sign petitions against trophy hunting

Make donations to help fund lion protection

Spread the word to family and friends

Tell your governors to ban trophy hunting

Never pet lion cubs or take wildlife selfies

I STAND FOR LIONS
Bred for the Bullet

BLOOD LIONS

Lions served on a silver platter to their killers.

The most extreme and particularly shameful form of trophy hunting is “canned hunting.” With canned hunting, captive bred animals are confined in a fenced area with no chance of escape. They are often baited with food out in the open or even sedated with drugs, all to guarantee a kill for the merciless hunter. It’s a gruesome end for this majestic species.

Cubs are taken from their mothers within hours of birth. When they become of age they then spend the rest of their life in caged compounds waiting to be released in a larger compound for the so-called ‘canned’ hunt.

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 dependent on human fingerprints from cub to trophy is immoral, unethical and against all animal welfare concerns.

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FROM CUB TO TROPHY

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STOP THE CRUELTY OF LIONS ON SOUTH AFRICAN FARMS

STOP CANNED LION HUNTING

ROARSOME LION FACTS

females live together forever
most social of big cats
roar can be heard 5 miles away
lions mate 20-40 times a day
females do most of the hunting
sleep up to 20 hours a day
lifespan 10-14 years
heels don’t touch the ground when they walks
can run up to 50mph