A Canadian couple hunted two lions while on a Safari in Africa, then kneeled behind one of the dead animals and posed kissing before the camera.
According to the Daily Mail, the pictures were finally put on social media with a caption: “Hard work in the hot Kalahari sun … well done. A monster lion.”
The pictures were removed from the couple’s individual social media accounts after attracting a lot of attention and criticism on social media.
Darren and Carolyn Carter, from Edmonton, Alberta, were participating in a safari organized by Legelela Safaris when they hunted the African lions.
The Frankfurt-based company says on its website that it “guide hunters to experience hunting in Africa at its finest. We are located in the north-eastern part of the Free State from where we conduct hunts all over South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique.”
Canadian couple happily kiss for a photo as they kneel behind two magnificent lions they have just killed on a hunt in South Africa
(hunt? Bred to kill)
Darren and Carolyn Carter from Edmonton, Alberta
— hip2u™ ✞ (@TruthInBytes) July 15, 2019
Legelela Safaris offers the pricelist for hunting and photographic safaris on its website—a Giraffe for $3,000, Zebra (Burchells) for $1,400, and Zebra (Hartmans) for $2,500. Others animals offered on POR (Purchase, Order, Request) include lions, elephant, hippo, leopards, and rhino.
The video gallery on the company’s website shows videos of animals being shot live on camera.
People responded with disgust and horror at the news of the bizarre hunt and the kissing picture. “Want to know if this info has been vetted. The couple shown are sick and perverts,” said Joan Huddleston in a Facebook comment on the Daily Mail article.
“To the Carters, how can you kill a beautiful animal like this, just for your pleasure. You must be sick!!!” wrote Rosemarie Berg.
A campaign on 38 degrees to Ban Trophy Hunting says that South African safari operators are targetting tourists for such hunting expeditions.
“South African safari operators are targeting the UK to promote holidays where tourists can hunt down and shoot captive-bred lions in fenced areas from which there is no escape,” said the campaign.
54 Lions Slaughtered in 2 Days
A year-long investigation has revealed that 54 lions were killed in a filthy slaughterhouse in South Africa in just two days—thousands of others are being bred and killed for their bones.
“We couldn’t believe what was happening. You could smell the blood. The lions got shot in the camp and then were all brought into this one room. The flies were terrible,” said Reinet Meyer, a senior inspector at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, according to Lord Ashcroft Wildlife.
A part of a massive repulsive industry, it supplies bones for medicine and trinkets that are sold with expensive price tags in China and Southeast Asia.
Some of the hapless beasts were shot in fenced enclosures by wealthy “trophy hunters of endangered species” said the investigator, Tory Lord Ashcroft, a British businessman, philanthropist, author, and the former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom.
“A year ago I started looking at the trophy hunting of endangered species disturbed by the publication of “kill shots” on social networks—those pictures where hunters pose with the animals they have shot,” Ashcroft said in a letter to Michael Gove, the secretary of state for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the U.K. government. The letter was shared by him on Twitter.
Ashcroft said that his research soon moved into how lions are bred in captivity and he discovered that in South Africa the number of lions kept and bred in captivity was 12,000—four times the number in the wild around the world.
A copy of my letter to Environment Secretary Michael Gove calling for the UK to ban the import of protected species “trophies” to discourage lion farming/hunting in South Africa. Retweet if you support it pic.twitter.com/Z9EwnizesA
— Lord Ashcroft (@LordAshcroft) April 29, 2019
The undercover operation was code-named Operation Simba and involved former security forces and security, “The result was a disturbing insight into the full horrors and illegal practices linked to lion farming,” Ashcroft said in a statement on his website.