This weekend all across the world there will be marches taking place to protest against canned hunting in South Africa. Canned hunting is something that we feel extremely strongly about here at Oyster HQ and we support organisations that are trying to put a stop to this cruelty.
Canned hunting is the hunting of wild animals that are in a confined area meaning that they are unable to escape. This trade is not only legal in South Africa but it is also doing extremely well. Tourists from across the world go to South Africa with the hope of killing their own lion and taking the body home to display in their houses as a trophy. If that didn’t sounds awful enough these animals are used to human contact. As cubs they are handled by humans, in fact a sideline of these canned hunting farms is that they often allow you to cuddle a lion cub as part of the whole experience. This means that the animals are used to human contact so when a hunter comes to kill them they are unlikely to flee as they would in the wild. It makes them an easy target for the hunters.
Understandably this is an extremely controversial activity which is why there are marches being held to put pressure on the South African government to ban this practice. If you are interested in finding out more about taking part in one of these marches or canned hunting in general then check out cannedlion.org.Alternatively if you would like to learn more about our programme at Lionsrock in South Africa that aims to conserve big cat species then check out our lion volunteering website.