Blood Lions

Winner of the Genesis Award from the Humane Society, USA

Blood Lions (directed by Bruce Young and Nick Chevallier) follows internationally-acclaimed environmental journalist and safari operator Ian Michler, as well as Rick Swazey, an American hunter, on their journey to uncover the realities of the multi-million dollar predator breeding and lion-hunting industries in South Africa. The story they tell blows the lid off claims made by the operators that they are involved in conservation, research and education to save wild lions. For years, lion ecologists, conservationists and animal welfare experts have all questioned the legitimacy of such claims. Annually over 800 captive, hand-reared lions are shot in South Africa – mostly by wealthy international hunters — under conditions that are anything but sporting. Hundreds more are slaughtered every year for the new lion bone trade. The highly profitable commercialization of lions is clear: cubs are petted and lions are walked, hunting is “canned,” and lion bone trade is on the increase. Blood Lions is a compelling call for steps to be taken to end these outrageous practices.

Released in 2015
Running time: 84 minutes