Bred for the Bullet Canned Lion Hunting with Chris Mercer

March 30, 2015
Hosted by Eli Weiss

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A cycle of cruelty, Canned Hunting is the industrialized farming of lions, bred by the thousands for no other purpose than to be killed for thrill and entertainment by the animal trophy collector. A very profitable business model, canned hunting is supported by externalizing costs via spin-off commercial enterprises that outright bilk tourists and naïve volunteers into hand-rearing these living targets, while further supplying the dark underbelly of international trade in lion parts and products. Amazingly, the industry is so popular that in 2012, in South Africa alone, it generated the equivalent of 70 million US dollars. Today, with my guest Chris Mercer, founder of the Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH), we alert you to help expose the cruelty and abuse to these lions, and the harm and threat this industry poses to the world’s remaining wild lions and conservation efforts to protect them. Become part of the Global March for Lions and ban canned hunting, wherever it exists.

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Eli Weiss

Eli Weiss

A photographer, philanthropist and Wildlife Conservationist, Eli Weiss grew up in Illinois, Wyoming and Colorado, attended university in Colorado and the UK, and after spending time in Aspen from 1963-1979 she settled in Woody Creek, where, in 2000 she founded the non-profit WildiZe Foundation. In Founding Wildize, Weiss was able to combine her love of photography, art, nature, environmental ethics and conservation in such a way as to benefit our planet. The Foundation serves individuals and educational institutions dedicated to the conservation of wildlife, wildlife habitats and the indigenous cultures of Africa and raises awareness through on-the-ground projects and education both in Africa and the United States. Their mission is to establish direct relationships to projects in sub-Saharan Africa, offering targeted grant funding that support conservation efforts, educational programs and sustainable indigenous economies. Several times per year, Weiss visits the Foundation's grantees across sub-Saharan Africa, developing ongoing programs and building new, long-term relationships. Weiss has worked with experts and leaders in the field of conservation, administering over 2.5 million dollars of public and private grant funding across 75 grantees from specialists to community groups, giving her a well-rounded depth of knowledge critical to raising awareness of the various issues and toward implementing solid solutions based on science, the environment and culture.

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