Trophy hunting is 'it completely horrendous and unacceptable'

2014-07-03 13:57
In response to our article 'Pretty Texas cheerleader in spotlight for Southern African hunting spree,' News24 Travel reader Gerry Wood wrote the following:

I find it completely horrendous and unacceptable that human beings wish to kill such beautiful animals.  

It is not as if they are out in the jungle by themselves and the animals have equal chance of taking them out.  

No.

I saw a group of very rich American trophy hunters years ago in Zimbabwe, being led out by well trained game guides, and taken to a scene of about 200 m distance, where an old Lion was resting in the shade of a tree.    

The guide told the lead  American “there you are – take your shot”.  

The American had a telescopic sight on his rifle, rested the rifle on the branch of a tree, sighted the old Lion, and then took his shot.

The Lion literally simply put its head down and was dead.

The American went bananas with glee, and everyone clapped hands and clapped him n the back and congratulated him.  

For What?  No risk.  No challenge.  Just an easy target.  

And to crown it all, that evening in the Safari Camp lodge, at the bar, the American was head saying “Wait till the boys back home hear about this Lion.”  

And you can just imagine how that story is going to grow into something quite different when he starts talking.  

“There I was out in the jungle with just my gun bearer with me.  The sounds of elephant and Lion was all around us ..................................”

Sick people with too much money to feed the frenzy of and the lust for killing.

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