Simple But Effective.
bout ta pop this xan and sleep forever. 😂😴💤

bout ta pop this xan and sleep forever. 😂😴💤

This very wealthy family paid to kill this 50 year old elephant while it was eating. I say if they want to pose in front of it, then I think we need to share this photo everywhere and make them famous. Please share so we can find out their names and give them the credit they deserve. 

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This really hurt my heart when I first saw this. How could these people do this, let alone capture the moment with a photograph full of smiles? So I looked into it. And yes it is real. The photo was taken from Frikkie du Toit Safari’s website that offers a range of hunting packages that include Elephant, Leopard, Hippo, Lions, etc! ( http://www.africabig5.co.za/gallery/hunting-photo-gallery/ )

Wow. People can be really sick… I got ready to hit the share button, but then I started to look at myself. I can easily thrive off of a plant-based diet, yet I decided to eat meat again out of what boils down to pleasure. What’s the difference between me and trophy hunters who do what they do out of pleasure? Long story short on that, I’ve decided to go back to being a vegetarian, but this time with good reason. I’m not putting this out there to push my thinking on anyone else, but maybe it will spark the same change in you as it just did me.


And lastly, as I was researching the validity of this picture, I came across a website that said, 

"Many people (including this writer) would find the practice of killing a beautiful and defenseless animal and then gloating gleefully over its remains repugnant to say the least. Nevertheless, despite ongoing opposition, killing elephants and other animals in organized trophy hunting safaris is not illegal. Hunt operators maintain that money raised from trophy hunting can help fund conservation initiatives and build incentives to protect wild habitats and species. 

While offering support to organizations that are fighting against trophy hunting might help further the cause, its difficult to see how circulating a picture of one particular group of hunters is going to achieve anything. 

Much of the time, people get momentarily angry when confronted with such a picture, hit the share button, and then promptly forget all about it. Some claim - rather vaguely - that circulating such pictures “raises awareness”. But, the messages give no details about how people might actually fight against such activities and offer no links to further information. Thus, any “awareness” raised is likely to be fleeting at best. 

This sort of toothless social media activism might make the posters feel good about themselves for a short while. But it won’t actually DO anything.”

Wow. How true is that? How many times have we shared something heart-wrenching, only to forget about it moments later. How many #ALS#IceBucketChallenge's have we watched this past month without really taking any action other than a few seconds of cold? I still have a lot of research to do on the subject of #TrophyHunting myself, but if anyone else wants to join in, here are a couple useful links:
http://www.league.org.uk/
http://www.occupyforanimals.org/trophy-hunting.html


Thanks for listening and please share if you agree.

-Brandon Lagao

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