What is Canned Hunting?
There is no legal definition, but the absence of fair chase is key.
Canned hunting is where the target animal is unfairly prevented from escaping the hunter, either by physical constraints (fencing) or by mental constraints (tame, habituated to humans.)
There are fewer than 4000 lions left in the ’wild’ in South Africa, but more than 8,000 in captivity, being bred for the bullet or the arrow. Lion farming is a real threat to wild lion prides, for many reasons.
The on-going capture of wild lions to introduce fresh blood into captive breeding, and the growth of the lion bone trade to Asia will impact severely on wild lions from poaching.
This toxic and cruel industry needs to be closed down.
What we do
Formed by Chris Mercer and Bev Pervan for reasons related in their book Kalahari Dream, www.kalahari-dream.com CACH is an animal advocacy organisation.
What is animal advocacy? Essentially, it comprises raising awareness, using all media to expose the evils and the cruelty.
Canned hunting only exists because of a failure of government policy, and then it is ferociously defended by wealthy vested interests. Canned hunting can only be abolished by a sustained campaign to raise awareness, and to change policy. Then, an informed public must persuade US and EU governments to ban the import of lion/predator trophies.
Only that way can the supply of dollars be cut off, and the industry closed down.
All sources of income need to be challenged, especially cub petting, whereby lion farmers are able to externalise the costs of rearing their living targets.
Also the extortionate fees charged to volunteers, who pay to work at lion farms in the naïve belief that they are assisting conservation.
"Compassion for animals is un-African"
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Hunting - a threat to our national interests
Which national interests are threatened?
1. Our economy.
2. Our land use.
3. Our unemployment problem.
4. Our wildlife heritage.
5. Our foreign currency reserves.
6. Our Fiscus – tax receipts.
7. Our agricultural industry.
8. Our tourism industry, and the jobs that come with it.
9. Our efforts to stop corruption.
10. Our efforts to transition to a more caring society from a violent one.
11. Our environment.