More and more people want to get involved in animal and species conservation on site. However noble voluntary work is, it can prove counterproductive when volunteers helping in the rearing of lion and tiger cubs unintentionally promote trophy hunting. Animal farm owners often falsely claim that the cubs have been rejected by their mothers and promise volunteers that the animals will be reintroduced into the wild. Reintroduction is almost impossible, especially with regard to wild felines that have become so accustomed to humans. Instead, after rearing, the animals are used for canned hunting, which is a special and morally highly questionable form of trophy hunting, whereby animals that have been bred solely for this purpose are presented to hunters on a silver platter in a fenced-in enclosure with no way to escape.
Some 1000 lions are killed in canned hunts every year. Not only is it an animal welfare issue, hunting also promotes the illegal trade in animal products like bones and fur. Furthermore, the animals kept on these farms live in deplorable conditions: