A claim by a Free State farm that their business had been severely compromised by the filmmakers of the anti canned hunting documentary Blood Lions, has been dismissed by the court.
A couple of weeks ago the Free State based Zanchieta Wild Cat Farm launched an urgent court application against Regulus Vision, the makers of the film Blood Lions – Bred for the Bullet a documentary exposé of the canned hunting industry in South Africa.
The farm’s founder, Lizette van Schalkwyk, claimed that the filmmakers had damaged its reputation by implicating it in the documentary in which three lions on the farm were shown.
Ian Michler, one of the Regulus Vision filmmakers and a tireless campaigner against canned hunting and the lion bone trade, is currently on a promotional trip to the United States. Blood Lions is to be screened tonight at the Explorer’s Club in New York.
Listen to Ian Michler on television in Australia talking about Blood Lions and the canned lion hunting industry’
He was understandably delighted to receive news of the court prceedings: “Some awesome news to lift the winter gloom here in New York! The judge has thrown out the Zanchieta case against us – and they have to pay all costs!”
Van Schalkwyk maintained that as a result of the exposure, income from volunteers, upon which the farm depends, had decreased to the point that there were no volunteers for December and only one booking for January. Volunteer agents had told her that Zanchieta would only be reinstated on their books if they were reassured that the farm was not involved in canned hunting and that that the scenes in Blood Lions featuring Zanchieta were edited out of the film.
‘The court’s decision is a huge boost for Blood Lions and all those fighting against these industries,’ said Michler.