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FOUR PAWS calls for a nationwide ban of canned hunting in South Africa

Petitions to ban the cruel practice handed over to South African government

FOUR PAWS handed over a memorandum with more than half a million signatures, calling for an end to the barbaric and archaic practice of intensive breeding and hunting of ranched lions in South Africa, to His Excellency Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and Member of Parliament. His Excellency has undertaken to present this appeal to the Minister of Environmental Affairs.


The problem of so called canned hunting in South Africa is severe

Each year more than 1,000 lions are shot, bred specifically for this purpose on approximately two hundred farms. The hunters pay up to 45,000 euros to satisfy their cruel hobby to shoot a defenceless lions who cannot escape. South Africa is the only country on the continent that continues to allow this practice despite public outcry and numerous protests. 


Along with the petition FOUR PAWS offers the South African government support on the development of an action plan that will lead to:

  • the termination of the practice of breeding lions in captivity for the purpose of canned hunting
  • legally prohibiting the hunting of captive-bred lions under any conditions
  • legally prohibiting the trade of lion bones under any condition


FOUR PAWS has been actively fighting against canned hunting since several years now. The #REALTROPHY campaign launched by the international animal welfare organization in 2016 encouraged people to stand against lion hunting by sharing their photos of what they think a real trophy was. The campaign was supported by several thousand people from all over the world.