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STOP Canned Lion Hunting by Islandstar STOP Canned Lion Hunting by Islandstar
by Chelsea Lowe (~Islandstar) @


Photoshop CS5, Intuos4 Medium tablet

Not for sure if there should be a Mature Content warning or not on this... It isn't too gory, but the idea is just... disturbing. Let me know if you think it needs one. I hope not, considering that this topic is just SO BLOODY IMPORTANT that it needs to be seen by as many as possible. :|

This was my final project in Graphic Design. We had to design a poster that brought awareness to a topic that was important to us... so I went with canned hunting. More specifically, the canned hunting of lions.

Canned hunting is, simply, "hunting" and killing an animal in an enclosed space. It doesn't matter if the space is a cage or an acre of land or 30 acres or even 30,000 acres of land. If the area is completely fenced in so that the animal has NO WAY of escaping, then it is absolutely canned hunting. There is absolutely no concept of fair chase like there would be if the animal was truly in the wild. It is incredibly unethical and even most REAL hunters and hunting organizations frown upon it. It's a disgusting, lazy, cowardly form of trophy hunting.

The canned hunting of lions is extremely popular over in South Africa. Unfortunately, it is legal. It was temporarily banned in 2007. However, in 2010 (after enough whining and complaining from "hunters" and breeders), a Supreme Court of Appeals ruled in favor of continuing this barbaric practice.

Game farms/ranches breed and raise lions. Soon after the cubs are born, they are taken away from their mother to be hand-raised by humans. They do this so that the lioness more quickly becomes ready to breed again. She'll have more litters of cubs here in captivity than she ever would in the wild. To the ranch owners, more lion cubs = more money to be made from canned hunting.

At these ranches, people are allowed to come in and handle and play with the lion cubs. The people behind the ranches put on a front to the public and they claim to be conservationists and that they rescued all these cubs and that they will eventually be released back into the wild. Of course, this is all BS because you just can't release a captive-bred lion into the wild.

The lions become dependent on humans to feed them. Because of the constant interaction with humans, the lions grow up to not be afraid of them. This makes them easy targets to kill. When the lions are old enough, people from all over pay THOUSANDS of dollars to shoot a lion in an enclosed space. These lions are sometimes drugged before being released into the enclosed area. Oftentimes, the "hunters" shoot the lion from the safety of their truck. It's also been reported that they request to shoot the animal when it is still in its cage. These people... these monsters don't care if it's ethical or not. They're not even real hunters. They're just lazy, cowardly people determined to prove their manhood and they just want a stuffed lion to add to their trophy collection.

It's sick. Absolutely, incredibly sick. It's awful and horrifying.

If you've made it this far, then thank you. It is really hard to properly cover canned hunting without writing an entire book on the subject. If you are just as passionate and disgusted by this and if you are just as determined to stop these barbaric acts as I am, then I highly encourage you to further research it and to please, help spread the word. There are so many people who don't know about this. The first step in stopping this bloody insanity is to bring awareness to it.

Helpful links with information regarding canned lion hunting:

CACH (Campaign Against Canned Hunting) - As far as I know, this seems to be the only organization/campaign working specifically to bring awareness to canned hunting.

LionAid - A lion-specific organization working towards conserving and saving this beautiful animal - whose population is rapidly declining. Over the past 50 years, the lion population has declined by 90%.

SanWild Lion Rescue - A blog working to bring awareness to and to expose individuals and operations that participate in different forms of lion abuse including canned/trophy hunting, the bone trade, etc. It also includes a couple of experiences of people that volunteered at these places.

A couple of articles with an overview of canned lion hunting: [link] (also includes a video) and [link]

A long research article on using State and Federal Legislation to stop canned hunting: [link]

A long but wonderful article that argues against hunters that use conservation as an excuse for trophy hunting: [link]

The illustration that I did for this poster isn't up to par with my other work... but the content, the message is the most important thing for me this time. (That, and I was on a tight schedule.) The scene depicted in my poster is based off of an actual canned hunt of a lioness that happened years ago. The following link includes a description of it: [link]

And this site has a two-part video on canned lion hunting. It includes the video footage of the canned lioness hunt that I just mentioned: [link]

Well then. That's all I have for you all. If you have any other information and useful articles on canned lion hunting, then please share it with me and I'll add the link to it here. In the meantime, let's all continue to work towards stopping this cruelty!

This makes me want to create more art promoting wildlife conservation - big cats especially. Expect to see (much) more pleasing and positive big cat art over the summer. :)
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wall27 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014   Digital Artist
really well done! there is a global march for lions happening worldwide next week on March 15 to help ban the horrible and cruel canned lion hunting, you could use this as a protest poster :) there are over 44 cities around the world participating in the march.
MissKiaraFunny Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I hate animal abuse! I can't understand people say "Oh they're just animals. They have no soul, they can't grieve, they can't think" That's a lie! Animals HAVE a soul! They ARE grieving for their littermates, friends or partners! They can be depressed, happy, excited, angry and so on.. they're just like humans, just more intelligent! They just kill what they need, they don't do it because they have fun at it. 

That's abuse, that's agony! It's not fair! How can these people even look in the mirror, without hating theirselfes? They are murders! They have the blood of others on their hands!
However, I posted this link everywhere I could think about, because it's CRAZY what happens to innocent lionesses, or other animals! No matter which animal it is, it is also a part of this world! Just like humans!
People, don't look away! Look what happens out there, and DO SOMETHING!! Go help, go donate to animal protection organization! You can even help if you bring an innocent little animal on the street to a vet! Just do something!! Or look at this lioness! And her cubs!! This picture is amazing Islandstar, because it's sad and cruel, but THIS is what make people think! Help lions, or they will get extinct like many other species! I HELP! I SAVE! I donate, and I help animals on the street if I see them. I have two cats, and I love them, I would do EVERYTHING for them! Animals give love! LOVE! TRUE LOVE!

"You can lead a human to knowledge, but you can't make him think!" 

lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't believe this is true.... I will follow that link and learn more and spread the word as much as I can.... although it makes me sick to even think of this................
Islandstar Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for your support in helping spread the word!
And I know it. Canned hunting is just an unbelievably sick practice. Trophy hunting is sickening to begin with, but to kill an animal in an enclosure - when the animal has NO chance of escaping whatsoever - it just makes it even worse. :( I will never understand how ANYONE would want to do that. Canned hunting is one of those few things that makes my blood boil more than anything else on this planet, ugh.
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can understand you....
lions? really aren't they endangered that's fucking retarded times a trillion well captive inbred big cats are worth shit for conservation but still killing them is messed
dogyjoe Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   Writer
I think you should leave it like this, no need to put a mature filter because there are much more grotesque and gory picture on dA without mature filter and many will not see it, because many are to comfortable to click on the show image button :( also the concept is amazing, and if I may I would like to share a persona quote:

"And yet humans call the animals creatures...Than what are the humans called?"

Thank you for sharing. Namaste! :pray:
Islandstar Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah, that's what I was thinking too. There are quite a few pieces here on dA that don't have a mature tag that actually need them that are way worse than this. I agree with you about many feeling uncomfortable clicking on deviations with a mature tag. Even I've been guilty of that.

And oh my. I LOVE that quote! I'm definitely writing it down. I also heard another quote from NBC's Hannibal a few weeks ago. Dr. Lecter said something like "Compassion is something we share with animals. Cruelty is a gift humanity has given itself."

You're welcome, and thank you for stopping by to comment! :)
dogyjoe Featured By Owner May 29, 2013   Writer
It was my pleasure, and I like to give comments, especially to people who see the world from a different point of view. Also, feel free to use the quote :) Namaste! :pray:
Islandstar Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Will do! And thanks again! :)
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