|ANSWER: One does it for money, the other does it for fun
Jimmy John’s Owner Jimmy John Liautaud Likes To Kill Large Mammals
|NO STUDIES YET AVAILABLE ON COMPENSATION ISSUES FOR BIG GAME HUNTERS WHO OWN COMPANIES THAT MAKE TORPEDO SHAPED SANDWICHES
In addition to loss of habitat, elephants, rhinos and big cats are being hunted to extinction globally by humans who need their parts. In the case of elephants and rhinos, the tusks and horns are the booty. These are valuable commodities, used primarily in Asia to make little religious trinkets (ivory tusks) and as aphrodisiacs (rhino horns). The animals are usually alive when the poachers tusks and horns are cut away. The world’s remaining big cat are hunted for their skins.Is heinous as this trade it, the motive is profit, enough profit that poachers are less likely to be individuals and more likely to be warlords, or even members of various African military forces moonlighting. They’re in it for the money and the authorities are losing the battle nearly everywhere. 2012 was a record year for rhino massacres, with four out of five remaining species nearing final extinction.
This is a fundamentally different motivation than that of Jimmy John’s sub sandwich empire Jimmy John Liautaud, who loves to go on safari for the sheer pleasure of killing large animals. Look at the big grin of triumph as he poses with their corpses. This is a happy fellow who has proven once again that he can master nature as long as he has a safari staff and a big fucking gun.
Jimmy participates in the safaris on private game preserves, where the safari companies essentially own the prey whose guaranteed death is their profit center. In fact, here’s a handy link to Johan Calitz Safaris’ photo page, featuring a host of mighty men with their subdued trophies.
In case you are looking for patterns, Johnny is also politically inclined to the right wing. He just hates providing health care for his workers, and publicly announced plans to reduce workers’ hours in order to avoid the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to provide health coverage or pay a penalty.
[As I pointed out in my post "'Kill 'Em All Boyz' Are 'Ethical' Hunters Once Again," Poachers or not, it’s all ends the same for the animals they killed.]
Jimmy, I’ll finance your next trip if you think you’re man enough to do it bare-handed.
p.s. Your sandwiches are shit.
An update based on my thoughts in communicating with a few commenters:
Thank you to all who have read, forwarded, and provided insightful commentary or information-and this would include an invitation to and preemptive thanks for anyone who can provide a legitimate defense beyond, “Who cares?” I think it’s immediately apparent that a lot of people care.
Also, a special tip of the hat to Jonathon Childers, who alerted SP to these photos.
I fully appreciate skepticism and the withholding of support for the targeting and criticism of another human until reason and sense dictate otherwise. I believe the photos do dictate such responses, though context and additional information are always warranted.
I could have written a longer, investigative piece, and tied in trophy hunting with the ills of our civilization, but I chose not to. Positive and negative consequences follow. One of the positives is that, in deferring from framing the discussion analytically, readers have felt inclined to weigh in on important subjects like economic models, animal cruelty, debased human behavior abroad and on-site (if I want to feel apocalyptic I go read internet comment threads), and the need to find constructive solutions.
Today international animal protection organization Friends of Animals filed
a Complaint challenging the constitutionality of a provision that was buried
in the 2014 Federal Budget by Congressman John Carter of Texas that seeks to
eliminate Endangered Species Act protection for three species of African
antelope held captive on U.S. sport-hunting ranches.
“After the better part of a decade on the losing end of Friends of Animals’
efforts to protect these amazing antelope, private hunting ranch operators
that profit on the killing of these animals chose to show their disrespect
for our justice system by turning to their Congressional pawn,
Representative John Carter,” said Priscilla Feral, president of Friends of
Animals. “Fortunately for the antelope, Friends of Animals won’t let them be
killed so easily and will continue to fight on their behalf in the
Mike Harris, director of Friends of Animals’ Wildlife Law Program, explains
that the provision in the Federal Budget, Section 127, purports to undo
Friends of Animals’ 2009 victory in which a federal judge told the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service that it could not exempt these hunting ranches from the
permitting requirements in Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act. Section
127 also seeks to interfere with Friends of Animals’ 2013 lawsuit
challenging whether USFWS’s permitting of more than 100 of these hunting
ranches violated the Endangered Species Act’s conservation purposes.
“Representative Carter’s attempt to strip legal protections for these
endangered animals reeks of special interest favoritism,” Harris said. “His
budget rider is not only harmful to the antelope, but also to American
democracy. It is now up to the court to stop this misuse of Congressional
Today, addax and dama gazelles are nearly wiped out in Northern Africa due
to hunting, war, desertification of habitat, human settlement and
agribusiness. FoA has facilitated the reintroduction of the antelope within
Ferlo National Park in northwest Senegal. Through member support, FoA funds
habitat restoration efforts at Ferlo National Park. For example, in fiscal
year 2013, $66,000 went toward expanding the Oryx Fence Project, which
includes dama gazelles. One hundred and 20 oryx and 20 dama gazelles
benefitted, along with other animals, from these funds. FoA has also
collaborated with European and Middle Eastern specialists in captive
breeding of arid ecosystem gazelle species to restore these animals to the
The full Complaint can be viewed on the Friends of Animals’ website:
Animal First! (www.animalfirst.org)
Animal First! (www.animalfirst.org)
Polar Bears are some of the most majestic and beautiful animals in the world. The global population estimate is between 20 000 and 22 000. This classifies the Polar Bear as ‘threatened.’ Polar Bears are threatened by pollution High levels of chemicals and PCBs. Another threat is global warming. Without ice Polar Bears are unable to reach their prey.
But the most immediate threat is hunting. Over 1000 polar bears are hunted annually! This prevents the Polar Bear population from increasing to a healthier number. Canada is the only nation in the world that allows Polar Bear hunting by non-natives and non-citizens. (Polar Bears also live in Alaska, Russia, Greenland, & Norway) Canada sells polar bear hunting licenses to trophy hunters. The main problem with this is that 60% of Polar Bears reside in Canada.
The Canadian government are paying hunters for Polar Bear hides! The government pre-pays hunters for the hides of bears shot in this subsistence hunt, and then sells the hides at auction for up to $11,000 (which also goes to the hunter), it blurs the line between a subsistence hunt and a commercial hunt.
Polar Bears are protected under national law and international treaty, so Canada’s Polar Bears can only be harvested by Inuit hunters for subsistence, OR by trophy hunters guided by Inuit.
The major threat for Polar Bears in Canada is the commercial hunt. Canada is the ONLY nation in the world that allows Polar Bear hunting by non-natives and non-citizens trophy hunters. Why? The answer is easy: MONEY! Pure greed for profit! Canada charges 750 Canadian dollars per Bear!
Allowing hunting by non-natives and non-citizens and selling hunting licenses to trophy hunters creates a bloody business where radical hunters sell hunting tours to Canada and kill Polar Bears. The hunt of one male Polar Bear is offered for 35.000 $ and as we know there are enough rich people who book these tours to get their trophy! There is also an increase in polar bear skin sales!
By booking one of these horrifying tours, the trophy hunters are allowed to go to 5 or 6 day hunting trips in which they chase polar bears with several dogs and after a long chase, when the Polar Bear is exhausted from running, he stops to finally try to make the dogs that are surrounding him go away, at which point the hunter gets closer and shoots several arrows (!!!) until he is finally dead. This means pure torture for the Polar Bear. Cruelty on animals can not be worse than this.
Tell the Canadian government to stop the legal slaughter of one of the highest endangered species in the world. We are horrified and shocked that you sell the life of one of the most majestic and beautiful animals in the world to hunting tour operators like:
The irresponsible killing of this threatened species for pure trophy hunting as well as commercial trade in polar bear products must be stopped — now! Before it’s too late!
We need a lot of signatures to put pressure on the Canadian Government! So please share this petition to as many people as possible.
THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT
Ministry of Agriculture
Environment Canada Inquiry Centre
Environment Canada National Office
Species at Risk Public Registry
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Minister of the Environment, Peter Kent
Canadian Wildlife Service Environment Canada
Dear [Decision Maker],
Dear Stephen Harper,
I have learned that Canada is the only nation in the world that still allows Polar Bears to be killed by trophy hunters and for the commercial trade in their skins. Canada sells Polar Bear hunting licenses to non-natives and non-citizens trophy hunters. That creates a bloody business where radical hunters sell hunting tours to Canada and kill Polar…
Read More and sign the petition: https://www.change.org/petitions/the-canadian-government-stop-the-legal-slaughter-of-polar-bears-by-trophy-hunters
Nowhere to run. This photo shows how the psychopaths from the Idaho Fish and Game, in cooperation with the USDA Wildlife Services, were able to kill 23 gray wolves from a helicopter near the Idaho-Montana border during February…
[The oh boy, happy day reporting is about as hard to take as the photo of the dead cougar. Here's the headline the mainstream paper gave this vile act of murder: ]
It was something she never forgot.
The excitement of the chase through snow, over rocks and up steep mountains. The sound of the dogs baying at the base of the tree. And then finally, the sight of a snarling mountain lion high up in the tree.
From that first hunt seen from a backpack carried by her father, Wohlers has been on well over 20 mountain lion hunts in the past decade.
All through those years, she counted the days until she would actually be old enough to have a hunting license.
She turned 12 on Feb. 12 and bought her first license that very day.
Montana state law required that she wait another five days to actually use her mountain lion tag. By then, the state-set quota for mountain lions in the southern Bitterroot was down to one female.
Her dad, Ben Wohlers, was determined to do his best to help his daughter fill her first tag.
On Wednesday – exactly two weeks after she turned 12 – Taylor was called into the school office and told to grab her snow gear.
Her dad had found a mountain lion near Sula.
“It had come down and crossed in my tire tracks,” Ben Wohlers said. “I knew it was close. When I turned the dogs out, they were on it right away. She’s been on a lot longer chases than this one.”
The longest chase the father and daughter enjoyed covered close to 11 miles as they walked from the lookout tower at Gird Creek to the bottom of the mountain.
After the much shorter hike Wednesday, Taylor remembers seeing the lion snarling up in the tree.
“I stood there and looked at it for a little while,” Taylor said. “And then I used my dad as a rest to take aim.”
Her father sat down on the ground and she placed the barrel of the AR-15 .223-caliber rifle across his shoulder.
A short time later, the mountain lion hunting season in the Bitterroot officially came to an end.
“Ideally, we would have looked for a big tom, but that part of the season was closed,” Ben Wohlers said. “This was the last one in the valley for this year.”
Taylor had only been legally old enough to hunt in Montana for two weeks.
This wasn’t the first time that she’s hunted. In the summer of 2012, she traveled to Alaska to shoot a black bear while being filmed by the Skull Bound TV production company.
She used a .300 Winchester Magnum to kill the bear at 168 yards.
Her dad took her to Canada last year in search of a mountain lion, but they couldn’t find the right one there.
Last week’s hunt was one that neither father nor daughter will ever forget.
“I want a life-size mount,” Taylor told her dad inside his taxidermy shop filled with life-size mounts of a wide variety of critters.
Wohlers looked at his daughter and smiled.
“That’s probably what we’ll do then,” he said. “We’ll probably do a life-size mount for you.”
Wolf advocates have known for a long time now that ranching is the nemesis of all things natural and wild, and that if you want to help the wolves, boycott beef, leather, wool, lamb and mutton. But lately hunters like those in the Idaho trophy elk hunting industry have been out to prove that they are a wolf’s gravest threat.
Not only do certain Idahoans want to run wolves out of lands cleared for ranching, they want to eliminate them from the wilderness as well.
They see public lands, such as the Lolo National Forest and the Frank Church wilderness area, as private breeding grounds for elk specimens they love to kill, and they’re not willing to share those specimens with the likes of wolves.
Some wolf lovers respond with hatred for the cows and sheep themselves, and disregard for deer and elk. But wolves need elk and deer to survive, therefore wolf lovers should also be elk and deer lovers and wilderness advocates. Ultimately, a true wolf lover is not only anti-cattle and sheep ranching, but also anti-deer, moose, caribou and elk hunting.
Wolf advocates who are indifferent to ungulates and accepting of hunting and ranching will never see an end to wolf hunting or “control.”
…and other weekly hunting news from Oklahoma.
The senior class of Sasakwa High is sponsoring a crow hunting tournament
on March 1st. [Watch for the next big school shooting to happen there, sometime after March 1st.]
[Crow] “hunters” can register for the tournament as individuals or
The deadline to enter is Feb. 17th. The cost is $20 per person. The
place will pay 35 percent of the entry fees. The second place will be
The Okla. Station Chapter of the Safari Club International is holding its
annual convention banquet and fundraiser on March 1st at the Okla.
Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
In 2010 and 2012, the chapter’s banquet program won best-in-class among
all the organization’s chapters across the world.
The 2014 banquet will feature much more. This includes more than
worth of auction items such as big-game hunts around the world, bird hunts,
fishing trips, guns, gear, jewelry, sculptures and more.
Auction items can be viewed on line and the tickets are $75 in advance or
$95 at the door
Okla. is now debating whether to hunt a young deer buck or shoot a trophy
deer. Now, deer associations and landowners work together to manage
deer and other wildlife on their properties, with a common goal, such as
protecting young bucks and increasing the buck age structure.
A bill has been introduced in the Okla. House of Representatives that
proposes a 6-point antler restriction on bucks for hunters ages 17 or
This is an attempt to protect young bucks. They can’t grow into trophy
bucks if they keep getting killed as yearlings.
Other states have similar restrictions. However, some wildlife officials
don’t think it would work in Okla.
Because so many deer hunters voluntarily do not kill young deer, wildlife
officials believe that the trend in Okla. is that more hunters keep passing
on young bucks.
One official notes “Hunters are better educated, and they are more
selective about what they harvest.”
Four of the top five states that had the lowest percentage of yearling
harvested were states that did not have any antler regulation.
Depending on which side of the deer management debate often depends
on whether you primarily hunt for meat or hunt for horns.
The Okla. Wildlife Dept. tries to please both groups thru liberal hunting
seasons and Deer Management Assistance Programs for landowner
interested in managing for bigger bucks.
Poor baby, imagine his mental distress, anxiety and loss of sleep from not receiving the right head in the mail…
Rick Vukasin is demanding reimbursement or else the original argali horns, but he said a possible exchange is complicated by international treaties governing hunting of the rare sheep, a threatened species in Tajikistan.
By SCOTT SONNER
The Associated Press
RENO, Nev. — A big-game hunter from Montana is suing a Canadian outfitter and a renowned hunting guide in Tajikistan he accuses of turning his once-in-a-lifetime adventure of bagging a rare, wild argali sheep known as the “Marco Polo” into a nightmare.
Rick Vukasin, 65, said in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Reno last week that he spent more than $50,000 pursuing the animal in the Pamir Mountains of northeast Tajikistan near China’s border in December 2012.
The electrician said he felt like he was literally on top of the world after he tracked, shot and killed a 400-pound, big-horned ram with the coveted, spiraling horns at an elevation of 14,000 feet. But he was mortified two months later, when he opened the box shipped to his home in Great Falls to find the horns were not the 58-inch-long ones from his trophy animal.
“I could tell right away,” Vukasin said. “I was sick.”
The native Montanan who grew up hunting deer on the eastern front of the Northern Rockies had stalked moose in Saskatchewan and red stag elk in New Zealand.
“But the thing I really wanted to do was a Marco Polo sheep hunt,” he said. He pored over books, guides and websites before settling on the excursion halfway around the world.
“The biggest of the species is in Tajikistan. So I figured if I was only going to be able to do this once, I’m going top shelf,” he said.
Vukasin and his guide, Yuri Matison, saw animals the first day but had difficulty tracking them, partly because it’s hard to breathe at that altitude, he said. But the next day he said he “felt lucky” to land a prize with a rack in “pretty good shape … not all busted up from fighting.”
The horns he ended up with are missing a few noticeable chips and weathered to the point he suspects they are at least 2 years old.
Vukasin said Matison and the booking outfitter — Ameri-Cana Expeditions of Edmonton, Alberta — first insisted the horns were the originals and then offered to send a replacement.
Vukasin is demanding reimbursement or his original horns, but he said a possible exchange is complicated by international treaties governing hunting of argali, a threatened species in Tajikistan. Only 60 permits are issued there annually for the sheep named after the 13th-century explorer.
The Safari Club International considers the argali’s horns the “most spectacular” of all the world’s sheep, according to its record book.
Vukasin said Ameri-Cana co-owner Dan Frederick dismissed his concerns, telling him “It’s just hunting.”
“Granted,” Vukasin said, “you can have bad weather or you might not see any animals or you might miss the shot. That’s hunting.
“But to shoot the animal and take pictures of it and then not to get it, somebody has to be responsible.”
Frederick didn’t return calls or email seeking comment. The Associated Press was unable to locate Matison.
Vukasin said he contacted an FBI agent in Great Falls, Mont., who indicated he probably was a fraud victim but there was little authorities could do unless they found a number of other hunters who’d also been duped.
FBI spokesman William Facer in Salt Lake City said Friday the agency could not comment.
Linda Linton, a Reno lawyer, said she filed Vukasin’s lawsuit there because Matison and Ameri-Cana advertise and do business there regularly at conventions of the Safari Club International and the Wild Sheep Foundation, the latter of which named Matison to its Mountain Hunter Hall of Fame in 2009.
Vukasin is seeking $75,000 in damages for lost money, “worry, anxiety, loss of sleep, physical and mental distress.”
“I’ve been fighting them more than a year. I finally got fed up and decided to do something about it,” he said, adding he’s convinced others have been victimized. “I have this stuff sitting in my living room and every time I look at the horns, I just get that much more mad.”
by Christopher Baranowski
Target: Governments of South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe
Goal: End the brutal and inhumane hunting of giraffes for sport.
In many African countries, it is legal to hunt giraffes for sport. Hunters from around the world pay up to 15,000 dollars just for the chance to kill one of these animals. Despite declining giraffe populations, these African countries claim that hunting can be profitable for the government and citizens and that giraffe populations can be sustainably managed. But the continuation of this brutal practice only perpetuates the idea that these animals are a commodity and encourages illegal poaching. End the hunting of giraffes for sport today.
Hunters from countries like Russia, the United States and Germany pay thousands of dollars for plane tickets to countries like South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe where hunting of giraffes is still allowed. Game parks charge trophy fees for killing the animals and additionally daily fees for hired trackers and guides. The final bill can be up to 15,000 dollars. The governments of these countries argue that this brings money, tourism and giraffe meat to local communities and point to the fact that giraffe populations in their countries have remained stable. But giraffes have gone extinct in Angola, Mali and Nigeria and the giraffe population has been halved since 1988 to the current number of 80,000. Though the Giraffe Conservation Foundation cites human development as the main reason for their decline, one cannot help but wonder how sustainable and ethical hunting these endangered animals can be.
Trophy hunters often miss their target and end up shooting the giraffe in a place that results in a painful death. Illegal poachers also use nets and snares to capture giraffes, which results in a similarly painful death. How can countries that have made giraffe hunting illegal expect to combat poachers when they are sending the message that hunting big game is okay? Giraffe populations are plummeting and no matter what the cause, we cannot allow these beautiful creatures to be hunted for sport.
Dear Presidents Jacob Zuma, Hifikepunye Pohamba and Robert Mugabe,
Currently, you are the only three African states that allow legal hunting of giraffes. We understand that this can be a lucrative industry for both the government and the people of your countries and that your giraffe populations have remained relatively stable, but you are also sending the message that it is okay to hunt these harmless and threatened animals. This may increase poaching in countries where hunting giraffes is illegal.
Poachers use cruel and inhumane methods to capture giraffes, and even legal hunting can sometimes result in a painful death for the giraffes. Angola, Mali and Nigeria have already seen their giraffe populations go extinct. Please take a stand against cruel game hunting and for the giraffes of Africa. Ban hunting of giraffes before it is too late.
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