Hennie van Heerden's Wildlife Diary

August 13, 2011

Try it with a camera next time…

Filed under: 2011,August — Hennie van Heerden @ 3:58 pm

The other day I received an email with these pictures and the list in it. The result of a simple google search for whatever animal species and ‘hunting’.
I’ve decided to post them here and although the pictures come straight from the internet, no doubt posted there out of pride and vanity by the guys themselves, I’ll post them here unrecognizable.  

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against hunting in itself. I’m not a vegetarian and I know my meat comes from an animal and I’d rather eat meat from an animal that has had a good life, living free, than from one of our modern day bio-industry animals, who have had no life at all.

But what goes on in the minds of these people, who go and shoot endangered animals, animals that other people try to rescue from extinction, just for the thrill of it. Everything in this world is for sale, I know. But seeing this list (readily available on the internet) made me swallow hard. Cheetah? Their numberd have been decreasing rapidly. Millions of dollars are put in their conservation; money that comes from donations from people who care.

Roan, Sable and Tsesebe Antilope? Not many of those left either. Leopard?

 I bet that any animal that possibly could be on your wishlist is possible. It just comes down to the right price.
Polar Bear anyone? Tiger maybe? Or Rhino? Ah well, who cares if there, in the near future, will be none left.

There has been talk that some of these animals were especially bred for hunting camps. But does that make it right?

I would like to suggest something to these guys, who so enjoy the thrill of the hunt. Try hunting with a camera next time. The thrill is the same; the excitement of the hunt, the pleasure of spotting the animal, the gentle squeezing of the ‘trigger’, the aiming and finally, the capture. Oh yes, and not to forget the Trophy for your living room wall! 

Only in this way, both of you walk away unharmed….

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9 Comments »

  1. We live in a world were everything is for sale, and sadly enough that also means hunting a certain species. It is sad to see thing like this, but I am afraid that as long as you can pay for it people will do it.

    Comment by Peter Maris — August 13, 2011 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  2. Could’nt have said it any better. Thanks for posting these as horrible as they are. We humans are bound and determined to destroy this planet and everything on it.

    Comment by Chris — August 13, 2011 @ 4:42 pm | Reply

  3. I’d like to click ‘like’ Hennie as I do on nearly all your posts, but this one just makes my blood boil!
    I guess you’ve done us all a favor by bringing it so graphically to our attention.
    I would imagine the thrill in shooting these magnificent creatures with a camera is even greater than with a gun, because a camera is no defense against a Leopard, unlike those ridiculous overpowered, telescopic sighted hunting rifles, to which the animal has zero chance, unless the moron in control of such a devastating weapon is just that, a moronic bully.
    I cannot find any way to justify this kind of thing in todays world.

    I think the ‘everything in this world is for sale’ mentality should be brought to end and promptly, the powers that condone actively or passively should have just as much accountability as the idiots featured in your post.

    Peter

    Comment by Peter Richardson — August 13, 2011 @ 5:01 pm | Reply

  4. Hennie
    This is so wrong. We, the photographers, try our best to get the animals in front of the camera so that we can show the world what beauty still run our fields and we do our best to show these animals to the rest of the world. These guys must have something missing in their makeup; they have no regard for the animals put on this earth by God, animals that we as humans must protect. Shame on them !
    Arno

    Comment by Arno Meintjes — August 13, 2011 @ 5:03 pm | Reply

  5. I share your sentiments Hennie and would like to share with you the following quotes:

    Animals give me more pleasure through the viewfinder of a camera than they ever did in the crosshairs of a gunsight. And after I’ve finished “shooting,” my unharmed victims are still around for others to enjoy. I have developed a deep respect for animals. I consider them fellow living creatures with certain rights that should not be violated any more than those of humans. ~Jimmy Stewart

    I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her. ~Ellen DeGeneres

    Whether hunting is right or wrong, a spiritual experience, or an outlet for the killer instinct, one thing it is not is a sport. Sport is when individuals or teams compete against each other under equal circumstances to determine who is better at a given game or endeavour. Hunting will be a sport when deer, elk, bears, and ducks are… given 12-gauge shotguns. Bet we’d see a lot fewer drunk yahoos (live ones, anyway) in the woods if that happened. ~R. Lerner, letter, Sierra, March-April 1991

    Comment by Gerda van Schalkwyk — August 13, 2011 @ 5:29 pm | Reply

  6. Hier heb ik echt geen woorden voor, zo treurig…

    Bah!

    Comment by Patrick Kuyper — August 14, 2011 @ 5:13 pm | Reply

  7. I completely agree with all of your points. Especially the last one. Photographing animals is very much the same as what I assume hunting animals would be like. Except you are not killing a beautiful creature of nature. You are capturing it in a photograph that can be shared with and appreciated by many other people for years. I love to fish but 80% of the time I don’t keep the fish to clean for dinner and I get no less enjoyment when I throw my catch back. I actually always feel a little bad the rare times I keep the fish I catch and I’ve never done so simply for trophy purposes.

    Comment by Luke Schierholz — August 15, 2011 @ 9:23 pm | Reply

  8. That’s sad. I hunt and will continue to do so, but these endangered species should be cherished and observed, not killed for selfish gains. As commented above, unfortunately everything can be for sale. Yes, hunting is important to ecosystems, herd health, and nourishment to our bodies…but endangered species should not be a part of this. It’s a shame that some people give us hunters such a bad name.

    Comment by Matt Hansen — September 11, 2011 @ 5:29 pm | Reply

  9. Terrible to see this! I share your thoughts totally. What very sad people who want to shoot an innocent creature for their own sad insecure satisfaction is beyond me.

    Comment by Rog — January 24, 2012 @ 6:20 pm | Reply


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