Big-game hunters, often tourists from the U.S. or other countries, who visit these lion farms can select what type of animal they'd like to kill from a menu of different species; lions can cost up to $50,000, Bass said. And 64 percent of the 600 lions killed in canned hunts each year are taken by Americans.
Once the hunters select their animal - in this case a lion - they enter an enclosed space that's secure so the animals can't escape. "There's no sense of fair chase, obviously, because these lions are in an enclosed space and can't get out," Roberts said.
And the Campaign Against Canned Hunting reports that lions are sometimes even drugged or baited with food to make them an easier shot.
The canned hunts are unsportsmanlike enough that they've even been condemned by some pro-hunting groups: South African Outfitters, a leader retailer of hunting gear, says in a statement that they "unanimously and unequivocally" condemn the practice. "We believe the practice is degrading to the African Lion, which is an iconic and regal symbol of all African wildlife," they write.