“BLOOD LIONS” hits television screens in AMERICA

On 7th October, MSNBC will present the American television premiere of “Blood Lions,” a compelling documentary which takes audiences inside the so called “canned lion hunting” industry in South Africa. Blood Lions will air at 22.00 on the East Coast and at 23.00 (West Coast).

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Blood Lions” follows environmental journalist and safari operator, Ian Michler, and American hunter, Rick Swazey, as they expose the multi-million dollar industry of canned hunting – where lions are bred and raised in confined areas for trophy hunting.  Also known as captive bred lion hunting, canned hunts allow hunters to select their lion ahead of time and complete a hunt in a matter of days.  Canned hunts provide a cheaper and faster way of hunting predatory animals compared to wild lion hunts.

It’s a world many Americans do not know exists and yet, Americans are in large part the ones fuelling the industry.   In the wake of the hunting and death of Cecil the lion, the film reveals a dark dimension to trophy hunting in Africa.

The documentary includes the perspective of both proponents of this practice who say that hunting helps preserve Africa’s lion population and conservationists who are quick to dispute that claim.

Senior Producer for MSNBC, Tim Smith, commented that: “Blood Lions is a revelatory and sad tale that demands to be told – and we are pleased to be able to bring it to our viewers.”

Ian Michler, environmentalist and a lead character in “Blood Lions”, had this to say:   “While it is true that the majority of trophy hunters coming to South Africa are from the USA, and that many of them are going after captive-bred lions, it is equally true that Blood Lions is also receiving significant support in the USA; And this support ranges from donors and the wider citizenry who are concerned or outraged about what is going on to decision-makers and politicians. I would like to thank all of you – the millions of Americans who have been so outspoken and vociferous about predator breeding and canned hunting – your support has been vital to raising the profile of Blood Lions around the world. For all of us, the first screenings of the film here are very exciting and we so look forward to getting actively involved in the campaign across your great country.”

Producer, and driving force behind the film, Pippa Hankinson said:   “We have been overwhelmed by the extraordinary response that “Blood Lions” has received from so many across the USA, and are immensely grateful to MSNBC for the incredible opportunity to premiere this important story on American television.   The film exposes the cruel exploitation of South Africa’s lions which are being intensively bred on farms resembling large scale puppy mills.   These magnificent animals are being bottle fed and hand reared simply for the bullet – for vast profits – in an industry which is not open to public scrutiny.   “Blood Lions” is a call to action – a call to all who view it to make conscious choices around our responsibilities towards our planet and the amazing creatures with whom we have the privilege to share it.   Our hope is that our film will help make the changes that are so needed, to ensure that our children’s children will be able to see these majestic animals roaming free in the wild – where they rightfully belong!”

*From MSNBC’s Longform Unit, Michael Rubin, Vice President, Scott Hooker, Senior Executive Producer, Timothy E. Smith, Senior Producer, Director of Production, Carrie Wysocki, Producer Elizabeth Freedman worked on this project. For Regulus Vision and Wildlands, Dr. Andrew Venter, Executive Producer, Pippa Hankinson and Jeremy Nathan, Producers, Bruce Young and Nick Chevallier, Directors.

Above Press Release Courtesy of Blood Lions, 22 September 2015

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2 thoughts on ““BLOOD LIONS” hits television screens in AMERICA

  1. I am vegan…
    I am cruelty-free…animals are my heart…heck, I let spiders out..cannot bear to kill them..
    I prefer animals more than I do most people…
    I knew what would happen to me if I even tried to watch this trailer…
    But I did..and I screamed out loud from the depths of my soul…
    It’s the least I could do for the precious lions…
    Too many humans are arrogant speciesists and ignorant carnists…
    I loathe their twisted entitled attitudes…
    When the man in the trailer says, “It’s not like we enjoy killing”…
    Are you kidding me? ..that’s EXACTLY what you do…
    Hunters are serial killers..you revel in death of innocent sentient beings…you actually CREATE them to KILL them…
    There is no definition of “sociopath” that is detailed enough to describe your sick psyches…
    I will promote this on Twitter multiple times…
    It’s my hope that, like “The Cove” and “Blackfish,” this film will be watched on MSNBC by many…
    And with the recent death of Cecil the Lion, even more will be outraged and moved to act…

    Rest forever softly, angelheart lions and other other precious animals tortured, abused and murdered by soulless humans ♥..
    The karma will be absolute…

    “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” ~ William Shakespeare ☻

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    • I posted the news of Blood Lions’ release on MSNBC, 7 October. But I’ll probably have to wait until 27 November to see the film in London. However, the Blood Lions trailer is alarming enough – your points are well made. I could not believe it when I first heard the self deluded nonsense of “I am an animal lover, therefore I am a hunter” – What an oxymoron (or just ‘moron’ is perhaps enough).

      The other part of the whole ‘canned’ lion and other ‘canned’ big cat story that is emerging (and is probably in the film); Ian Michler of Blood Lions has suggested that many ‘canned’ lions have been genetically muted through poor breeding management (just “bred for the bullet”). These ‘mutated’ ‘canned’ lions could never be released into wild/pure African lion populations for fear of genetic contamination, plus of course the ‘canned’ lions are not ‘wild’ lions anyway and would struggle to adapt/survive after their ‘canned’ captivity. When this whole regrettable ‘canned’ industry is shut down, what will happen to those poor ex-‘canned’ creatures that can not be rehomed into conservation programmes to live out their lives in dignity? What a world we have let these ‘canned entrepreneurs’ and ‘trophy hunters’ create – Indeed “Hell is empty and all the devils are here” amongst us.

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