Trophy Hunting: How To Kill Like A Coward

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Source: Bullet Safaris

US television presenter, Melissa Bachman recently sparked international outrage over her boastful Facebook post of a trophy kill. The image of her grinning (weapon in hand of course – a totally ‘fair’ fight) over a dead adult male lion, captioned “an incredible day hunting in South Africa! Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion. What a hunt!” went viral, with stunned commenters asking “HOW is this allowed to happen?” and “surely this is illegal?”. Unfortunately, it isn’t, and while Bachman was well within the law to destroy this animal’s life, is she really within her right?

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Bachman’s photo that went viral. Source: melissabachman.com

It is important to note that this is not her only kill and that she proudly updates her website (melissabachman.com) with all of her kill-happy pursuits, from domestic to international.

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Cuddle your victim. Source: melissabachman.com

Bachman is simply the current poster-child for this disgraceful hobby. The sad reality is that she is not alone in her pursuits, with many travelling from all areas of the world to fulfil their thirst for blood and need to kill. In doing so, they have left the rest of us to ponder why anyone would have such an urge, and how they are possibly allowed to pursue their vile pass-time.

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The ultimate indignity; the weapon used for the kill, leaning against their lifeless bodies. Source: Africa Big 5’s hunting gallery.

Depending on the location, there are different types of game-hunting. One is a guided tour throughout the area for a ridiculously high fee, and the other takes place in an enclosed area of land, with practically farm-raised animals.

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Never a fighting chance – hunters use the tricky ‘kill while relaxed/eating’ technique. Source: Africa Big 5’s hunting gallery.

Prices for these ventures are sky-high, but the cost does not deter these kill-happy folk. Just one of many companies, Bullet Safaris offers a range varying prices for their assistance in making a kill, that of course includes the Government licensing fee – the reason that this is legal. To hunt a lion, an elephant, a leopard and a buffalo (all in the wild) in Tanzania, you can pay the hefty $54,850 fee, of which only $4,900 is attributed to Government costs. Or you can hunt other animals on these murder safaris, including Baboons, Crocodiles, Hippopotamus’, Giraffes and Zebras. You can view this particular safari’s fees here.

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Source: Bullet Safaris

Louis Theroux perfectly captures the barbaric ‘sport’ in his documentary ‘African Hunting Party‘. Watching Louis doing his best not to cringe as he represents the morally graced was painful. As with all of his documentaries, he exemplifies the intelligent side of the debate, while still earning enough trust to infiltrate the unbelievable an unimaginable; even coaxing them to discuss their hideous pass-time in detail while bringing him along for a kill that he of course refused to partake in.

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‘Time to kill, my baby girl’. Louis Theroux endures this unnerving scene as a child is helped by her father to kill an animal. Source: Louis Theroux – African Hunting Party

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A father describes the ecstasy of the hunt while he watches his little girl kill. Louis is doing his best not to vomit in the hut. Source: Louis Theroux – African Hunting Party.

Louis’ journey delves into the world of purpose-bred game – those poor animals raised only for slaughter, for no reason other than greed. This is of course opposed to the aforementioned wild hunts, wherein hunters – professional or otherwise – explore the arid lands with their next kill on their minds. Whichever is the most morally reprehensible is difficult to determine; killing an animal that has been raised in a comfortable farm-like existence, where they are fed and relaxed with no chance to escape, or slaughtering a wild beast on their own native land, living amongst their family – perhaps with their own young – and never expecting their life to end with a hunter’s bullet.

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Bred to be hunted – a face held in captivity, awaiting an unnecessary death at the hands of a hunter. Source: Louis Theroux – African Hunting Party.

There are of course the many deluded that will try to justify game hunting by claiming that their heavy fees are a boost to the local economy and that it has a somehow positive influence on conservation, but they have been absolutely disproven. A recent study authored by Economists at Large analysed the literature on the economics of trophy hunting and has come to reveal that “African countries and rural communities derive very little benefit from trophy hunting revenue.” – Wild Life Extra. Economist Rod Campbell (lead author of the study) commented that “revenues constitute only a fraction of a percent of GDP and almost none of that ever reaches rural communities.” While I would call the suggestion that ‘trophy hunting plays a significant role in African economic development’ delusional and a flimsy justification, Campbell puts it more kindly, referring to the idea as “misguided” – Wild Life Extra.

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“Take me on vacation honey, I want to be a killer” – couples enjoy a romantic getaway. Source: Africa Big 5’s hunting gallery.

The bottom economic line is that even pro-hunting sources found that only three percent of the claimed (by hunters) figure of $200 million a year actually reaches the local communities. The rest? Mostly of course to the fat-cats who run the hunting safaris themselves. The economic report found that “trophy hunting revenue never accounts for more than 0.27 percent of the GDP” and that “trophy hunting revenues account for only 1.8 percent of overall tourism in nine investigated countries that allow trophy hunting“. Rendering their entire (already flimsy) justification irrelevant, the report concludes that “the (hunting) industry is actually economically insignificant and makes a minimal contribution to national income“. You can read the full study report here.

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Grinning ear-to-ear – her mother must be proud. Source: Africa Big 5’s hunting gallery.

Taking a heavy steer away from the economic argument, there are of course the very real consequences of the hunting industry. Many targeted species have suffered severely due to the greed of trophy hunters; a perfect example would be the quickly lessening population of the face of Africa itself – the African lion. Wild Life Extra explains that “the number of African lions has declined by more than 50 percent in the past three decades, with just 32,000 believed remaining today.” Frighteningly, there is a strong correlation between this sickening practice and the declination of these majestic creatures, “the steepest declines in lion population numbers occur in African countries with the highest hunting intensity, illustrating the unsustainability of the practice.” – Wild Life Extra

No matter how you slice it, the barbarianism of game hunting is unjustified and unnecessary. There is no purpose for such blood-lust, other than to boost the bragging rights of these killers. Lions hunt in a pride, humans hunt in a truck – such cowardice is the furthest thing from pride.

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17 thoughts on “Trophy Hunting: How To Kill Like A Coward

  1. Julie Read

    Too sad too sad too sad, if only the guns could be turned on the loosely termed’hunters’ what a travesty

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  2. Valerie

    Every one of these killers should be shot themselves. They are cruel, disgusting cowards!!! At the very least throw them in jail.

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  3. Chris Glisson

    You ALL need to be tried for treason on the planet and hanged in public.
    You and your entire SCI and DSC lying, marauding, planet raping, deceitful low life trash.
    May Ebola spread amongst you and eliminate you from this life that you have NO right to anyway.

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  4. Bryan Alan Hussey

    I must ask, what exactly is it that you are against here? Trophy hunting in particular, or all hunting? It’s not clear. I also must ask if you find those that actually utilize their kills as food to be just as disgusting as those that go for wall hangers?

    I’m an avid hunter from the US, every year I take to the woods and do my best to fill my freezer with delicious and life sustaining meat. Partridge, white-tailed deer, black bear, duck, goose, moose, you name it. If its legal, I’d like to get it in my freezer.

    Yes, this is also done for enjoyment. I enjoy the stalking, the rush of getting so close to the animal that I could scratch its chin with a 1M stick, and the exhilaration of the kill, knowing that I’ll be able to eat for anywhere for two days to a couple weeks off of one kill.

    I also do some fishing, but that is not as enjoyable as I don’t really like the taste of fish. My grandmother does, so after catching some, I clean them and bring them to her. She loves any kind of fish, fresh or salt water; she is extremely grateful for the fish as well, since she is on a fixed income and eating decently is difficult on her meager budget.

    Am I wrong? No. I participate in a sport far more noble than any game with a ball that feeds and, depending on the animal, can clothe me and my family. I haven’t used any pelts for a few years for personal stuff, but I have willingly given to people that wanted them for blankets or leather tanning.

    Before you dismiss me ut of hand by saying that “America is different!”, note that I’m moving to South Africa next year. Pietermaritzburg, KZN to be precise. While there you would be wise to bet even odds or better that I’m going to continue my hunting of game animals for food and fun. As stated above, if its legal to kill, I’m going to freeze the meat and eat it.

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    1. akis kapetanakis

      killing is everywhere. animals kill animals for food. you, on the other hand, you enjoy it. that is the disgusting thing. if you enjoy the rush, then you will enjoy more to join the foreign legion. there is much more rush and enjoy when you know that the victim will not run away but it can hunt you too. and yes, i am speaking from experience. i am a SPARTAN in the greek special forces 1 and a half year i hunt Albanians at the Greece-Albania frontiers. that is RUSH. because i know they can shoot me back with their sawn ak47. and i need brain to make the kill. on the other hand, you are staying hidden ( shame) and you shoot an anarmed thing (2 times shame) . that is not rush when you do it with your back covered. that is DISGRACE. that is the truth. and you have to live with that.

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    2. diya

      legal or not , killing an animal to eat or to use as a wall hanger is a sin.. this animal has a family just like u have but unfortunately , u mister feeling the need to kill , decide that this animal must die today.. in hinduism it is said that a living thing has 7 lives n i rlly wish that in ur nxt birth u are born as a prey so that an avid hunter can kill u just like u r killin ur “dinner”. u n all the hunters are demons on this earth..if u believe that mother earth and its animals r for only for u then i pity u n ur thoughts !!

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  5. Patriock Ridder

    To all the brainless , killing cowards ; I hope you all soon will be on your best place :6 feet down with a hole between your retarded eyes …..
    Nature will get back at you one day !!!

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  6. paul nicholls

    barbaric, what pleasure can you possibly get from destroying these wonderful animals. Very very sad. Take a long hard look at yourselves and what you are doing!

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  7. Jay

    Since we are supposedly intelligent humans, one would think we have progressed further than killing for fun. Suppose a race from another star system came to Earth to hunt us. Shoot to kill, get your photo taken with the dead human and laugh it off. So funny! I thought the human race had developed a sense of responsibility, integrity and COMPASSION. Perhaps you will learn those values the hard way, a very hard way. By the way, do you believe in any Higher Power?, ‘God’..’Good.’..?. You may be setting yourself up for much more than you bargained for.

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  8. Helena

    It’s called Corruption in Africa at the expense of exploiting your beautiful resources. I hope the celebrities and wealthy people involved will lose their jobs. The King of Spain had to retire over his outrageous killing of an elephant. These Safaris must be stopped.

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