Global March for Lions

The Global March for Lions is coming up again! We will be marching in Sydney alongside our good friend Ace Bourke once again.

 John Rendall, Ace Bourke and Christian the Lion in the 1970s.

John Rendall, Ace Bourke and Christian the Lion in the 1970s.

Sydney's march will be held on Saturday 14th March 2015 at Parliament House at 11am. We will once again march to Town Hall, so please come along and join us! The march is being organised by three passionate young ladies; Jess, Alison and our very own Sarah from The Feline Foundation. For more information on Sydney's march click here

 Ace and the Animal Works team at last year's march

Ace and the Animal Works team at last year's march

What are we marching for you might be wondering? We are marching to raise awareness and hopefully end the barbaric practice of canned hunting. Canned hunting is the hunting of wild animals in a confined area from which they cannot escape. It is not only legal in South Africa, it is flourishing. Hunters from all over the world (but notably from the United States, Germany, Spain, France and the UK) flock to South Africa in their thousands and send home lion body parts, such as the head and skin, preserved by taxidermists, to show off their supposed prowess. The animals involved are habituated to human contact, often hand-reared and bottle fed, so are no longer naturally fearful of people. Such animals will approach people expecting to get fed โ€“ but instead receive a bullet, or even an arrow from a hunting bow. The animal is sometimes drugged so it canโ€™t run away, and often lioness mothers refuse to leave their initial enclosure (where it grew up) because it is leaving cubs behind, so the mother lion is shot right there in front of them. It is really a disgusting industry that we need to raise awareness about.

If you're not in Sydney, there are events happening all over the world, click here to see if your city is one of them and like the Global March for Lions page on Facebook for updates.