You would think that by the year 2019, humans would have learned that violence is not the answer to everything. But no. There are people out there who are still running around, murdering defenseless animals and then cowardly attempting to justify it by calling it a "sport." Sorry, but if you want to engage in that kind of cruel activity, just own the title of a killer and move on.
But it's people like Damien Mander who have dedicated their lives to sorting out the global poaching problem. He deserves a medal for his efforts.
Check out what he's done in order to protect animals in the wild.
Warning: I must warn you that this article contains some disturbing images.
via: GettyTrophy hunting is the killing of wild animals for human pleasure. Some even refer to it as a "sport." The animals are often bred in captivity and are released into a fenced-off area where they are cornered in and gunned down by hunters.
These animals are actually bred to be hunted.
via: GettyAcross Africa, there are hundreds of breeding facilities that churn out thousands of innocent animals to be hunted. The animals involved are habituated from an early age, often through being hand-reared and bottle-fed, so that they are no longer naturally fearful of people, making them easy targets for a rifle or bow when it comes to the hunt.
This is the main reason that many travel abroad to hunt.
via: ShutterstockBecause here in the U.S. deer hunting is the most extreme that regulated and legal animal hunting will get. For the big "macho" hunters out there, deers are seen as child's play; many hunters want to take on larger, more dangerous animals to feed their nasty habit.
Though partaking in the sport comes with a hefty price tag.
via: ShutterstockKeen hunters have been known to fork out tens of thousands of dollars just to corner an innocent and frightened animal and shoot it dead. What kind of satisfaction they get from it, I will never know.
The average price to hunt a lion in Africa is around $20,000, whereas an elephant can cost as much as $40,000.
via: GettyThat makes trophy hunting a booming business. The industry employs ranchers, outfitters, professional hunters, gun manufacturers, and taxidermists alike. People with time, money, and a lack of sanity to ensure the business keeps on giving.
Some hunters try to justify their spending...The hunters claim that they're helping to fund "conservation efforts" with the money that they pay to hunt. However, I think that's just an excuse to keep on killing. What's the point breeding animals only to kill them? You aren't adding to anything.
Some hunters claim to help endangered species with their hunting.
via: CNNBack in January 2014, Corey Knowlton from Dallas, bid $350,000 for a permit to hunt and kill a then-endangered black rhino in Namibia. "I felt like from day one it was something benefiting the black rhino," Knowlton told CNN. "Being on this hunt, with the amount of criticism it brought and the amount of praise it brought from both sides, I don't think it could have brought more awareness to the black rhino."
And guess what?
via: ShuterstockThe Black Rhino is now fully extinct, with poaching and hunting being the primary factors to the species' decline. No one will ever see a Black Rhino ever again because these hunters couldn't help but pull a trigger. Wow.
People have long protested the act of trophy hunting and poaching.
via: GettyBecause, thankfully, we're not all barbaric monsters on this planet.
And even celebrities have voiced their disgust at the activity...
My thoughts on Trophy Hunting https://t.co/fmpqzbhcn4— Ricky Gervais (@Ricky Gervais)1503828512.0
Though this hasn't stopped hunters from proudly displaying their "trophies."
White american savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe coutrsey… https://t.co/sdtdU7Ij29— AfricaDigest (@AfricaDigest)1529165367.0
The photos are the most talked-about aspect of this kind of activity.
What must've happened to you in your life to make you want to kill a beautiful animal & then lie next to it smiling? http://t.co/DyYw1T5ck2— Ricky Gervais (@Ricky Gervais)1428916561.0
Remember when these British hunters have taken things to a whole new level?
via: ShutterstockThey decided they wanted to post a whole collection of photos showing them smiling beside the corpses of vulnerable zebras as if it is something to be proud of. I mean, how else would you like to spend a good ol' Sunday evening?
Zebras have recently been classified as vulnerable on the International Union of the Conservation of Nature's list.
via: ShutterstockApproximately 3 years ago, we were all shocked to learn that alongside other wild animals, the number of zebras was also declining at a quicker rate than expected. The population dropped almost twenty-four percent over the past decade or so.
And if that's not alarming enough, we have trophy hunters such as these emerging from the bushes.
via: Hunter HillsBecause the animal is not illegal to hunt on the plains of South Africa, this group decided that they would go to the area and slaughter as many as they could.