Supporting the Campaign Against Canned Hunting
Johannesburg, South Africa
The Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH) has officially added Safari With Us to their list of Ethical Tour Operators.
These elite few have made the commitment to only offer ethical and responsible tours to help save African wildlife from extinction. Safari With Us does not promote tours to parks that offer lion cub petting or walking with the lions as these activities are most likely associated with the canned/trophy hunting industry. A canned hunt is a hunt on animals specifically bred and raised on game ranches and kept in confined areas until they are mature enough to be killed for trophy collections.
CACH founder, Chris Mercer, explains further: “There is no conservation value in captive bred lions. No captive bred lion has ever been released back into the wild and conservation authorities have made it clear that none will be. The harsh reality is that they are the product of factory farming. In most cases these lions will be used in a canned hunts. Their lives will end brutally and in terrible pain. If you indulge in cub petting and lion walking, then you make yourself an accomplice to one of the cruelest industries in the world. We urge tourists and volunteers to practice responsible tourism and use their dollars for good and not evil.”
Safari With Us is strongly against canned/trophy hunting and not only informs guests about the consequences of lion cub petting and lion walking but also spreads awareness via social media with a loud roar!
Andre Retief, Executive Manager of Safari With Us, adds: “We can’t control what our guests do on their own time, but we have found that most safari tourists are extremely concerned about African wildlife conservation and are more than happy to not engage in these activities once they are aware of the situation. Our primary goal is to offer tourists an exhilarating and educational experience of observing our majestic and precious animals in their natural environment. Promoting parks that offer lion cub petting or walking with the lions is tourist manipulation and against all conservation efforts. We support shooting pictures, not animals.“
We Encourage All Tourists to Help Save Our Wildlife By:
- Booking only with ethical safari tour operators.
- Spreading awareness via social media (and interact with @safariwithus and @cannedlion).
- Volunteering at honest conservation facilities. The research has already been done, click here for a comprehensive list of the good, bad and ugly!
- Donating to the cause of your choice if possible. Again, the list above will help you pick out the responsible programs.
About Safari With Us
Safari With Us (Pty) Ltd is an ethical tour operator located directly in Johannesburg, South Africa, who arranges exciting, educational and memorable safari, wildlife & adventure tours in collaboration with top-rated operators and lodges. Our specialty lies in organizing packaged and customized Kruger and Pilanesberg Safaris as well as other wildlife adventures and tours throughout Southern Africa. Whether you are a backpacker on a budget, an adventurous daredevil or a luxury traveler seeking a more comfortable stay, we cater to your individual style.
About the Campaign for Canned Hunting (CACH)
CACH is a registered wildlife charity and public benefit organization whose accounts are audited every year. We are a group of volunteers who campaign together to secure a ban on captive breeding of lions for the canned hunting industry. There are no paid employees in CACH. No one draws a salary, not even the directors. All funds raised go to meet campaign expenses.