Blood Lions – Australian Tour

Ian Michler, lead role, conservationist and investigative journalist was in Australia to attend the screenings of Blood Lion, the first international tour. First in Fremantle, then Sydney, Melbourne and finishing at Parliament House in Canberra.

Ian attended each screening hosting Q&A / panel discussion with Donalea Patman and guests. Fremantle was proud to invite Melissa Parke MP and also attending was Katrina Love, Animal Justice Party Western Australia.

Sydney was attended by Matthew Collis, IFAW and the Hon Mark Pearson MLC, Animal Justice Party who were incredible in the Q&A with Ian Michler. Although we had technical difficulties to begin, the night was fabulous with Ace Bourke (Christian the Lion fame), Jeroen Van Kernebeek, Australian Director of FOUR PAWS, Bryan Seymour, Channel 7 and other wonderful guests.

A very cold night in Melbourne didn’t stop the crowds with Nichola Donovan, President Lawyers for Animals and Bruce Poon, Vic Convenor Animal Justice Party with Ian Michler on the panel. Also present Sean Wilmore, The Thin Green Line, Laurie Levy, Coalition Against Duck Hunting, Trix and Phil Wollen, Kindness Trust, Edward Bourke, Saving the Lion Foundation.

Parliamentary screening was hosted by Senator Lee Rhiannon and her fabulous staff and attended by Minister Greg Hunt. The screening was held in the Main Committee Room and prominent organisations attended.

Bryan Seymour, Channel 7 News – 9 September 2015

ABC Breakfast News – 7 September 2015

Radio National – 4 September 2015

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Environment Minister, Greg Hunt announces an immediate ban on lion imports.

Friday 13 March Environment Minister, Greg Hunt announces immediate ban on the importation of lion trophies and body parts. This announcement is a world first as a response to the barbaric and cruel industry of canned hunting.

The announcement was celebrated at Federation Square at the Global March for Lions, with a live cross to Ian Michler in Cape Town to mark this historic moment. Ian was very emotional at the news and will be taking the news to the EU Parliament where he’ll be briefing lawmakers and politicians on Monday 16 March.

This is a positive step and welcomed incentive for the rest of the world to follow Australia’s lead.

Jason Wood MP has been fierce with this initiative and must be applauded for his tenacity. Both Greg Hunt and Jason Wood should feel very proud of this courageous and visionary step in protecting Panthera Leo.




Bryan Seymour, Channel 7 News aired this story on the announcement by Minister Hunt throughout Australia.

Channel 7 News

Jason Wood presents in Federation Chamber, February 2015.

On the 9th February, 2015 Jason Wood tables a private members business motion in Parliament where ten speakers took the floor. Nine of the ten speakers were in support of Mr Wood’s motion, only one opposed.

Hansard link for more details:  Hansard 9 Feb 2015


Greg Hunt & Team


Ian Michler, conservationist and international speaker was brought to Australia by For the Love of Wildlife in association with Regulus Vision, South Africa and assisted by IFAW. Ian briefed our Environment Minister, Greg Hunt in a meeting at Parliament on October 1 with Jason Wood MP, Donalea Patman, Roderick Campbell (Economist, Australia Institute) and attending staff. Minister Hunt was very positive about Australia’s position on the importation of trophies and body parts with a position to be made by the end of the year.

Whilst in Australia, Ian was interviewed by various media agencies (following) with fabulous coverage by Bryan Seymour, Channel 7 News.

Today Tonight

Channel 7 News

Bush Telegraph, Radio National, ABC

Ian & Ministers


Jason Wood

Trophy hunters banned from bringing home rhino parts as MP Jason Wood fights ‘barbaric’ canned hunting

Jason Wood MP fights barbaric canned hunting

Environment Minister Greg Hunt to push for ban on Australians taking part in ‘canned hunts’

ABC News, by political reporter Latika Bourke


Berwick MP’s petition aims to stop importation of slaughtered South African animals



International Fund for Animal Welfare

By Isabel McCrea, 7th July 2014


Jason Wood’s Parliamentary Speech

Parliamentary Speech 27 May 2014

Radio Interviews

Radio Interviews

Breakfast radio with James Carleton RN Breakfast Radio interviewing Ian Michler, lead role in the explosive movie Blood Lions during the Australian Blood Lions Tour.

Ian Michler, a conservationist and investigative journalist who features in Blood Lions, joins James Carleton on RN Breakfast during his Australian visit September 2015.

Our Wild World

Eli Weiss, Our Wild World on VoiceAmerica interviews Ian Michler and Donalea Patman on the recent announcement by the Australian Government. In this hour long interview Eli asks what did it take for Australia to take this courageous and visionary step and how will it inspire other countries to follow.


Interview with Philippe Perez and Tara Egan from Radio 3CR, Friday Morning Breakfast Show with Donalea Patman and her work with the Federal Government and the upcoming Global March for Lions. For the Love of Wildlife is hosting the Melbourne event at Federation Square, with many cities around the world showing that it’s time to end canned hunting.


6PR Radio

Radio Station 6PR 882 News Talk interviewed the Director of “For the Love of Wildlife” on the issue of Canned Hunting – 4th July 2014


Peter Rowe 6MM Mandurah

Donalea Patman, Director of the Non-Profit Organisation, For The Love of Wildlife talks to Peter Rowe host of The Drive Through Show on 6mm Mandurah – Perth 4th July 2014


John Laws

Federal Minister for Environment Greg Hunt talks to John Laws about the barbaric “canned” hunting industry . John Laws Show. Radio station 2SM SuperNetWork . 4th July 2014