Campaign Against Canned Hunting: White Lions – Harmful Rubbish On Animal Planet

Monday, November 27th, 2006

NOTE: The following is excerpted from a recent Kinship Circle Digest (Hope For Greek Animals, Ireland Pitbull Massacre + MORE, 11/27/06).


White Lions – Harmful Rubbish On Animal Planet

REPLY DIRECTLY TO: Chris or Bev Mercer, chrisandbev [at]
Campaign Against Canned Hunting
P.O. Box 356; Wilderness, 6560; South Africa
ph: 044 8771495; cell: 0829675808 or 0827944517

11/25/06 — We ask all recipients of this email to cross-post as widely as possible, to try to repair some of the damage done by Animal Planet’s Screening White Lions: King of Kings. Please write to Animal Planet requesting they pull the documentary, as it sends the wrong message.


TO – Alexandra_Bennett [at]

CC – Mark_Wild [at], joanna_johnston [at], claire_dann [at], natalie_spanier [at]



Animal Planet has been able to use the power of television to foster compassion for animals… Imagine my surprise when I switch to my favourite channel to watch White Lions: King of Kings, only to see Marius Prinsloo, a notorious canned lion breeder in S.A., presented as a paragon of conservation working to preserve the white lion gene, and Timbavati Hunting Farm portrayed as a wonderland for wildlife. What rubbish!

The South African canned lion industry is one of the cruelest industries in the world. The SA Minister of the Environment, himself a former hunter, has publicly described the canned hunting fraternity as “environmental thugs.” How could Animal Planet stoop to white washing this industry, and present canned hunting as conservation?

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Vote for Animal Planet’s Hero of the Year

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

Please take a moment to cast your vote for Animal Planet’s Hero of the Year. Ten contestants are up for the honor, which includes a $10,000 donation to the charity of the winner’s choice, as well as an undoubtedly much-needed vacation in Hawaii.

Be sure to read each nominee’s profile; each is impressive, which makes choosing just one deserving activist a tough task. The roster includes such notables as the founders/directors of the Elephant Sanctuary (TES), the Idaho Black Bear Rehabilitation Center (IBBR), Dogs Deserve Better (DDB), and the website

Granted, I’m not always a huge fan of Animal Planet (for instance, in the mini-biographies, animals are referred to as “it”s as opposed to “him/her” or “them”), but this is a great way to show support and appreciation for our Animal Heroes. I only wish that I could vote for each nominee!