You would think that by the year 2020, 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.”
And the latest poacher news might just be the saddest yet.
Trophy 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.
Across 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.
Because 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.
Keen 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, we will never know.
That 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.
The hunters claim that they’re helping to fund “conservation efforts” with the money that they pay to hunt. However, we think that’s just an excuse to keep on killing.
Back 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.”
The 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.
Because, thankfully, we’re not all barbaric monsters on this planet.
British comedian and actor, Ricky Gervais, has always been incredibly vocal on his stance about animal rights.
In this tweet, Ricky expresses his utter repulsion over the way that rich hunters not only kill innocent animals but exploit the needs of the poor.
Perhaps the most barbaric part of all this is the all-important “trophy selfie” that hunters have got into the habit of taking.
Once they’ve killed the animal, they position the corpse into a pose that they see fit and stand proudly next to (or sometimes on top of) their kill.
Because what could be more normal than slaughtering a defenseless animal and then posing for a picture next to its corpse, right?
They 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.
Approximately 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.
Because 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.
It comes from the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy in Ijara, Garissa County, eastern Kenya.
“Sad day as KENYA’s only female white giraffe and her calf are killed by poachers at Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in Ijara, Garissa County.”
“Her killing is a blow to the steps taken by the community to conserve rare and unique species and a wake-up call for continued support to conservation efforts.”
“Also, the white giraffe was a big boost to tourism in the area.”
Devastatingly, the white giraffe is looking to be on the cusp of extinction now.
And this hasn’t been the only time poaching has hit headlines recently. Scroll on to learn exactly how Kim Kardashian is linked to the controversial topic…