Canned Hunting

The act of hunting a confined animal that has been raised in captivity and humanised.

The horrid industry of canned hunting is where an animal has been bred specifically for hunting and is unfairly prevented from escaping the hunter, either by physical constraints (fencing) or mental (tame, habituated to humans).

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There are fewer than 4,000 lions left in the wild in South Africa, but more than 8,000 in captivity, being bred for the bullet or the arrow. These animals are destined to be trophies, therefore it is imperative that the head to kept in perfect condition. A quick kill by a head shot now becomes a body shot, taking up to a dozen bullets to kill a lion or a slow death by arrow, either way piercing a major organ can never be guaranteed.

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Lion farming and poaching are serious threats to wild lion prides for a number of reasons:

  • The ongoing capture of wild lions for the purpose of introducing fresh blood into captive breeding negatively affects the wild population.
  • The canned hunting industry attracts high fee paying clients for the opportunity to kill captured, drugged, confined and humanized animals.
  • The explosive growth of the Asian lion bone trade through poaching.
  • Volunteers inadvertently support the industry by being deceptively conned in the name of conservation. They are led to believe that they are helping orphaned cubs that are being raised to return to the wild… animals that have been humanized can never return to the wild.
  • Volunteers do not work at these reserves for free – the fee is high and it makes this industry very lucrative.
  • Poverty – the local Africans are too easily persuaded by money to poach animals for the lion farming or international trade in parts.

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In Australia, Jason Wood MP has tabled the issue of canned hunting and wildlife trafficking in Parliament. No matter your political persuasion, it’s imperative that this is strongly supported so our wildlife has a chance. Please take the time to sign this petition.

Jason Wood Speech

For more detailed information about canned hunting please visit Campaign Against Canned Hunting, South Africa.

Interspecies Communication

Anna Breytenbach is interviewed on O World Project where she talks about how humans are suffering from a separation sickness from Nature and all life on earth. Her amazing clarity of communication and how she expresses the quantum capacity we all have to reconnect if only we would take the time to sit and truly listen. Insightful and simple in connecting with animals and nature as we all have the capacity it’s just that we’ve become too busy of mind.


This pic below was taken whilst a group was finishing a meditation and in circle had been toning. In the middle of the afternoon a shy sea otter came out of the waves to see what was going on believing that it was something behind, as this was not normal human behaviour.




There are so many ways you can have a relationship with animals. In this video Anna shows us, that with quiet connection to the animals, we all have the ability to communicate. If we are to live harmoniously on the earth together, we need to access other ways of being. In our hurried, technological world we don’t take time to be and feel our feet on the earth.

Anna talks to Spirit, the black leopard.

The home of Campaign Against Canned Hunting

Chris Mercer

Chris Mercer and Bev Pervan have spent many years campaigning against this cruel and barbaric industry. They are the stakeholders and creators of Global March for Lions that initiated a global movement to save Africa’s wildlife. So many people have been inspired by their work and groups have formed around the world, due to their ability to connect and collaborate with so many others.

Visit their website for the full story on canned hunting.

Campaign Against Canned Hunting, Headquarters, South Africa

Chris Mercer on canned hunting.