By Evan Williams
First to South Africa and the lions bred for slaughter by rich tourists what's known as canned hunting. It's a highly controversial practice but its supporters claim it actually helps conserve wild lion numbers. Evan Williams stepped into this very passionate debate and a warning, this report contains graphic images of animals being hunted.
REPORTER: Evan Williams
The thrill of the kill has drawn big game hunters to South Africa for generations and out on the plains, man can still hunt his most feared predator.
PETER HAMILTON FLACK: Your heart rate will increase. Your breathing will quicken. It will become shallower. You need to get a hold of yourself. You need to breathe deeply, calm down and fight these emotions. And you need to make a calm, clear, clean one-shot kill.
Veteran hunter and conservationist Peter Hamilton Flack hunts lions in Africa's most remote wildernesses. He knows all too well the risks of a misplaced shot. Lions can cover 100 metres in five seconds flat. One bite can crush a human skull.
PETER HAMILTON FLACK: There will come a time when he has enough and he will decide he is now going to take care of business and hunt you. And, quite honestly, that's a terrifying prospect. This is an animal that can kill you with one swipe of a paw, and one bite with its mighty jaws.
It's the danger and the adrenalin rush that keeps the hunters coming and once they get a permit, hunts like these are perfectly legal. But sometimes the encounter between man and beast isn't what it seems. Welcome to the murky world of canned hunting, where lions are bred for one reason - to become a hunter's trophy.
CHRIS MERCER: Canned hunting is where the target animal is unfairly prevented from escaping the hunter. Now that can be either through physical constraints such as fencing, being shot in an enclosure, or it can be mental constraints, such as being habituated to humans.
FIONA MILES: They're not wild lions that are living in prides in open free spaces of Africa. These are lions that have been hand raised, they have been bred specifically to be killed.
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