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Crusaders Super 15 team posing with animals they hunted and shot in SA causes outcry [pic]
Posted by on Aug 8th, 2014

Anti-trophy hunting activists and conservationists are up in arms over pics of players from the Crusaders Super 15 rugby team posing with animals they shot in SA. Pics showing Tom Taylor, George and Sam Whitelock, Ben Funnell and Tyler Bleyendaal posing with zebra, eland, blesbok and gemsbok have made news headlines locally and in New Zealand. The Landmark Foundation of South Africa posted the images on their Facebook page saying the players killed the animals for laughs while the Crusaders chief executive says it legal and in their own time.

According to reports the players went o a hunting trip in April when they played in Johannesburg and Bloemfontein.

“Foundation director Dr Bool Smuts said none of the animals involved were endangered and he expected the hunting was legal.

But his foundation was “against the whole concept of trophy hunting”.

“If it was a biological intervention on a professional basis … for management of species and biodiversity we can understand that,” Smuts said.

“When these people (hunters) come out they want to hunt the thing with the biggest horns, the most dominant males usually because they are the good trophies, so the natural selection is not natural at all.”

And this from the Saders camp.

“Crusaders chief executive Hamish Riach said some players had gone on a hunting trip in April when the team was in South Africa, playing in Johannesburg and Bloemfontein.

The players had been “performing a perfectly legal activity in their own time”.

“I guess the point is that there are things that all sorts of people do that other people don’t see in the same way, and so everyone is free to behave legally and express their view in a courteous manner,” Riach said. [more at Sydney Morning Herald]

Ya hey..what do you think?

Andrew says:
August 08, 2014 at 11:25 am

Non event. Shooting a big cat, elephants or rhino is idiotic. Shooting antelope and zebra is no big deal. You can eat the meat and use the skin.

jagter says:
August 08, 2014 at 11:25 am

Dipshits complaining about hunting, sitting on their leather couches, leather shoes on the coffee table. While eating a beef burger that was made from cows that live in battery farm conditions.

If you had a choice, what would you come back as.

1.) A cow that stands around in it’s own shit all day, gets stuffed into a truck so tightly that some die, and then gets to stand in a line at an abattoir while hearing your sidekicks get killed and slaughtered.
2.) A game farm animal, walking around, eating grass, chilling with your china’s. Until boom, the end.

Disclaimer: Contrary to my ‘name’ I’m not a hunter, I just find it retarded that non-vegetarians can complain about hunting, while supporting something much much worse, and 100 times more destructive.

Biltong says:
August 08, 2014 at 11:25 am

I agree with the above. The same people that causes the stir watches rugby on their leather couch while enjoying some billies. Its all good as long as he doesnt have to kill anything. Bullshit!!

Do they have the same sentiment over birds? Do they have the same sentiment over what fish they order in restuarants according to the SASSI guide? Bet not.

Maybe they should try and avoid posting it to social media where most people can add their 2 cents. Other than that, when it’s done in hunting season, theres nothing wrong with it.

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