Trophy Hunting Across the Globe: Justice for BC Grizzlies, and “Blood Lions” in South Africa

October 14, 2016
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This show is dedicated to the end of hunting.

To start the show, we give our thoughts about our perceived mindset of trophy hunters. For those who don’t hunt and who respect and care about animals too much to kill them, it can boggle our minds to try to understand the perspective of the hunter who chooses to take away the life of a living, sentient being at the hand of his or her own weapon purely for pleasure. We discuss our observations and try to draw some conclusions as to where we think the awareness of a trophy hunter derives.

Val Murray, Justice for BC Grizzlies

bearOur first interview is with Val Murray, co-founder of the non-profit organization Justice for BC Grizzlies, which is a local advocacy group that aims to end the unjust grizzly bear trophy hunt in British Columbia, and to ensure that the hunt is a key issue in the upcoming 2017 provincial election. Trophy hunting is the “sport” of killing an animal in the wild purely for human recreational purposes.

In this interview, Val tells us about the issues of grizzly bear hunting and about her campaign, which is a part of a citizen’s movement to take action.

One thing you YOU can do to help is sign this Pledge for the BC Grizzlies, which focuses on keeping the Grizzly Bear hunt high on the political radar leading up to next year’s election. By signing the pledge, you will commit to friends, family, and members of your community to send a message to the B.C. government that this brutal killing must be stopped!

Bruce Young, film director of “Blood Lions”

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Our feature interview is with Bruce Young. He is the co-director of the documentary film called “Blood Lions”, which investigates and exposes the canned lion hunting industry in South Africa. This film follows acclaimed environmental journalist and safari operator Ian Michler, and Rick Swazey, an American hunter, on their journey to uncover the realities about the multi-million dollar predator breeding and canned lion hunting industries in South Africa.

They spoke to trophy hunters, operators and breeders as well as recognized lion ecologists, conservationists and animal welfare experts to gain a wealth of information on the subject that has never been publicly disseminated before. “Blood Lions” makes a call to action for you to get involved in a global campaign to stop lions being bred for the bullet.

In this interview Bruce tells us about some of the discoveries he made while on his quest for the truth about the canned lion industry in South Africa in the past years. He explains the basis of the industry, tells us about the breeding camps where the lions are born and raised, explains the failure of the South African government to have this industry banned, and gives us hope for the future in letting us know ways that the industry may be stopped.

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