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

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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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Millenyra Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is ...  disgusting.  :( Lions may be vicious but I think it's only because we intrude on them and their lands.  They're beautiful animals and derserve the same respect we ask for.
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Islandstar Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
It really is disgusting. Disgusting beyond belief. :| It blows my mind that there are people who defend this barbaric practice. Lions are beautiful animals indeed and yes, they really do deserve the utmost respect.
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Millenyra Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
True words Islandstar, true words.  :blankstarenod: 
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Destiny3000 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I think we should hunt humans! Wound them then feed them to the Lions!

Sweet revenge animal style!

Also, post this on Facebook and Twitter!
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Snakeman2013 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015   General Artist
They need sanctuaries for animals such as these right sticken NOW!!
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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.
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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!" 





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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................
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Islandstar Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional 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.
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can understand you....
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:iconiluvmedevilsummoners:
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
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Nestharon 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:
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Islandstar Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional 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! :)
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Nestharon 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:
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Islandstar Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Will do! And thanks again! :)
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ScenicSarah Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love the idea of this, well done. I can't stand to watch any more animal cruelty videos any more. I don't want to be ignorant of them either but I once saw one of a Minx being skinned alive and I cried and felt bad for days after because there was nothing I could do and I wasn't helping by watching it either.
I went to Harrod's not long ago because my Mum wanted to go but there was a protest outside as they were the only shop selling real fur still. It made me cry just being there.

I love animals so much, more than humans I'd say. So yes, well done for this piece. It's really thoughtful.
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Islandstar Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ahh, I am so sorry for the late late reply! I've been so busy with school. D:

And thank you so much! Your words meant a lot to me. :) And I agree. I usually avoid animal cruelty videos as well - especially if they are as graphic as that minx video probably was. Those videos are just so horrifying. Sometimes videos are the strongest way to get people to actually act, though. :|
Ugh, being around fur coats makes me cry as well. I just want to slap the people for even thinking of wearing them. There is nothing glamorous or beautiful AT ALL about it. :(

Same here. I've always loved animals way more than humans. They seem to make much better, more honorable companions. And there isn't really such a thing as "cold-hearted" or "cold-blooded" cruelty in the animal world like there is in our world.
Thanks again for commenting!
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ScenicSarah Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
I think even if there is cruelty in the animal world, we shouldn't even compare it to ours because are intelligent beings and have the capacity for kindness and compassion whereas most animals rely on instinct.
Some people just choose to ignore compassion and I feel sorry for those people because they are cold.
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Islandstar Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Exactly. While the animal world no doubt has its unpleasant moments, it is always done out of instinct and the need for survival. When humans are cruel, they are cruel essentially for the fun of it. I feel sorry for them as well. It must be horrid to live a life like that! :|
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ScenicSarah Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Amen!
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LyonRyan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've seen a small video of a "canned hunt" during watching tv Animal Planet channel at one time, not lion but a young black panther and they loosed their dogs on it.


Another video thingy but with a young bear, let dogs attack but restrained bear from defending itself...


And then there are some Circuses things...

Probably could type more, but for now...
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Islandstar Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I can go on and on about canned hunting. It's just... horrific. :| And there are some "ranches" that claim they are preserving the species. A few years ago, 60 Minutes did a special on this one ranch in Texas where they raised a species of hooved animals. Some sort of antelope, maybe? Apparently they are extinct in the wild. But they raise them and then allow people to come in and hunt them and they claim it helps the species. Such BS. It makes no sense. I've heard about the bear canned hunts too, with them releasing the dogs until the bear just gives up. It's so sad.

Circuses... ack. An entirely different story altogether. :C

It blows my mind that humanity is just so evil.
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TrumpGibbs Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
I'm not an artist, but I love animals. Especially big cats........this is a tragedy
:( I'm proud to fav it.
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Islandstar Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you for that. It truly is a tragedy that horrendous acts such as canned hunting are occuring in this world. -sigh-
I am so incredibly sorry for the late reply. I didn't have much time for dA with my recent class schedule. :C
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lyrastone Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
This is a terrible thing to have happened, so I thank you for doing something to protest! Thank you again.
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Islandstar Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Just doing what I can. :)
But yes. It is absolutely terrible. I begin to cry every time I think about it.
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lyrastone Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Oh, so do I! I read a book when I was very young about it and even though I wasn't too good at art at the time, I made posters and put them around the school I went to. I would love to try doing that again sometime.
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Islandstar Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
That's really cool you did that! You should definitely do it again. I'd love to do something like that with this one.
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lyrastone Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
That would be spectacular! When I make my poster on the atrocities of canned hunting, I'll send you the link! We can spread the message on it again. Good luck on your end.
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Islandstar Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome! I'd love to see it. And thanks.
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lyrastone Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
your welcome! :)
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember hearing about the ban but not the reversal of it, what the hell?! What is the fucking point of it all anyway? How can it possibly be justified?!
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Islandstar Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
I know. WHY anyone would want to reverse the ban is just insane. They shouldn't cave under pressure to the lies that these game ranches thrive off of. And there is no point; they just want a lion to shoot so they can stuff it and put it in their house to show off to guests. To be all like "Oh, look I killed a lion!" as if to impress people. SO sickening. "Hunters" who participate in these canned trophy hunts always try justifying what they do in the name of conservation. It makes NO SENSE how killing an animal in that way helps to save the species. How anyone could buy that BS is just... Ugh.
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly! While I don't like it, I can accept hunting if it's done responsibly and is for the health of the population/habitat. This is just disgusting.
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Islandstar Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Definitely! The only time I "approve" of hunting is if the population is out of control. And if a person has to survive off of it for food.
I just never support the hunting of big cats in any way, shape, or form. They're just too glorious and beautiful to die like that. :)
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MistyDawnAmara Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats terrible. thats really the worst thing i've heard in a long while.
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Islandstar Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
It seriously is terrible. It's one of the worst things I've heard too.
This, and what tigers have to go through before they're butchered for their parts.
It's absolutely disgusting how humans treat beautiful animals like these.
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MaguschildCloud Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I might consider doing something like this x.x I`ve been hearing about this alot. Lions are actually on their way to being endangered through this as I am led to believe.
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Islandstar Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Lions very well could easily become endangered through canned and trophy hunting. That and a combination of habitat destruction. Over the past 50 years, the wild African lion population has went from 200,000 to 20,000. HUGE change in numbers. And they'll keep declining if we don't put a stop to this nonsense.
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MaguschildCloud Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow no kidding.
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TheBlueGuardian Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I will certainly come back to this, and post a journal about this to raise awareness on this topic.

Until then, I thank you for doing your job to stop cruelty of such majestic creatures.
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Islandstar Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much. That would be amazing!

And of course. Just trying to do what I can with what resources I have, at the moment. Right now, it's just raising awareness through art.
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Christianonfire7 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well done on this project, you should print out a bunch of posters of it and try to get Wal-mart or someone to distribute them for you to bring more awareness to others. This piece is definitely that good. I'll feature it in my next journal in hopes of getting more people to see it.
Oh, and I don't think it needs a Mature Content, yes it is a very tough issue but its not graphic in the sense of Mature. As you said people 'need' to see this, everyone needs to know about it.

Great job! I love how well you did on the expressions of the two lion cubs, to me they are what really stamps the full impact of this piece. It makes you see how important the life of that lioness really is, and how painful it is for those cubs to see their mother die in front of their eyes. It's so so so sad and sick. I absolutely HATE people who even try to call themselves 'hunters', those people are no good cowards who couldn't kill a fly without cutting its wings off first... sick.
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Islandstar Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, Jamie! I'd absolutely love to do something like that! I'm thinking of sending it to a couple of anti-hunting and pro-big cat people and organizations to see what they think.
And that's true. It definitely is not as mature or graphic as it could be. If I were using an actual photo of a lion being shot, then I probably would have put a label on it. :shrug:

Thanks! I'm really happy with how this turned out, despite how depressing it is. I'm glad you noticed the sad expressions of the lion cubs. I really wanted their reactions to help capture the mood of the scene. The thought of them having to witness their mother's death breaks my heart. :( Honestly, if I ever personally come across a coward that has ever killed a lion or any other big cat, I will have to do EVERYTHING in my power NOT to gouge their heart out. (Then again, if they did such an act, there's no way they could have a heart.) Those people sicken me to no end.
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Christianonfire7 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You should definitely send it to those groups, it'd be awesome if they were to use it for their own awareness of Canned Lion Hunting, give it a shot.

You should be proud of it, it turned out amazing.
I know what you mean, and yes people like that don't have a heart, they are selfish evil heartless... it's sad how many sick and mean people are out there... :(
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Ihsan11 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
oh god, why..
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Islandstar Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
I know. It's absolutely horrendous. :(
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