Couple Kiss For A Photo With Majestic Lion They Shot Dead On A Hunt In South Africa

Couple Kiss For A Photo With Majestic Lion They Shot Dead On A Hunt In South Africa

Photos of a Canadian couple while they were on a safari in South Africa has become viral on social media, but for the worst reasons. Below the couple’s kissing photo, the caption wrote: “Hard work in the hot Kalahari sun…well done. A monster lion.”

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Darren and Carolyn Carter from Edmonton, Alberta were seen all smiles and happily kissing as they posed for a photo beside a lion they just shot dead on their safari vacation. They were part of a tour that was locally organized by Legelela Safaris wherein they were able to shoot the magnificent creature and other animals.

This tour operator often shares photos on their Facebook page of dead animals alongside the hunters that proudly paid to kill them, cheerfully holding out their guns in victory.

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Other photos that were found in Legelela Safaris’ Facebook page show the same couple with yet another dead lion, captioned: “There is nothing like hunting the king of the jungle in the sands of the Kalahari.”

The husband and wife run a taxidermy business back home and describe themselves as ‘passionate conservationists’ even though they participate in trophy hunting, reports the Mirror.

“We aren’t interested in commenting on that at all. It’s too political.” Mr. Carter told the Mirror.

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Founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, Eduardo Goncalves thinks that these lions that were murdered were solely bred and kept captive for the purpose of being killed by hunters in the tours.

“It looks as though this lion was a tame animal killed in an enclosure, bred for the sole purpose of being the subject of a smug selfie. This couple should be utterly ashamed of themselves, not showing off and snogging for the cameras,” added Goncalves.

Legelela Safaris charge £2,400 ($3,007) for hunting a giraffe, and £2,000 ($2,505) for zebra kills. Killing elephants, leopards, lions and rhinos are also possible in this safari lodge.

This news came shortly after reports that British Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Micheal Gove said that he is working on banning big game hunters to bring back trophies from their kills into the country.

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