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Trophy Hunter Shot Dead in South Africa

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A trophy hunter, who was known for killing dozens of animals in South Africa, has been shot dead.

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Fifty-five-year-old Riaan Naude often posed with the wild animals he killed and even made a lucrative business out of it.

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Naude founded Pro Hunt Africa, which organizes paid hunting trips for tourists. Despite his controversial business, it’s not been proven if this is the reason he was killed.

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Naude was found “​​lying with his face up” with “blood on his head and face,” on Monday, according to a police spokesperson

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Local reports state that Naude was seen exiting his car, which had allegedly overheated when a car pulled alongside him. Witnesses revealed that 2 men got out of the car and shot at Naude before fleeing the scene.

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It was reported that the men also stole one of Naude’s guns before driving away.

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An investigation into his killing is currently underway in South Africa, although no new information has been shared about the case as of yet.

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This includes several critically endangered animals such as elephants, black rhinos, and leopards.

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According to Humane Society International, roughly “83% of the wildlife trophies exported are captive-bred animals or non-native species, as well as “native species with no national conservation management plan.”

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This hits back at the idea that hunting helps manage populations and better conservation.

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