Ex Guns N’ Roses star Matt Sorum blasts Ted Nugent over hunting photo post

http://www.torontosun.com/2014/07/15/ex-guns-n-roses-star-matt-sorum-blasts-ted-nugent-over-hunting-photo-post

Former Guns N’ Roses star Matt Sorum has taken aim at fellow rocker Ted Nugent for68439_10151399495155861_1116657731_n his pro-hunting remarks.

Animal lover Sorum took offence to a photo he spotted of smiling Nugent standing next to a pre-teen boy who had just killed a groundhog, and took to Twitter.com to lash out at the Cat Scratch Fever hitmaker over the weekend.

The drummer wrote, “Hey @tednugent u are a sick individual, u are smiling too much for killing this animal. Something wrong w u (with you), poor kid.”

Nugent has made a name for himself protecting the rights of hunters, insisting they are vital to manage wildlife.

In an interview earlier this year, he attacked animal-rights activists opposed to hunting and killing, calling them “numb-nuts”.

Sorum is currently spearheading the International Fund For Animal Welfare’s campaign for elephant conservation, and last month wrote an open letter to his fellow musicians urging them to support a new U.S. strategy for minimizing America’s role in global elephant poaching.

What do Wolves, Hunting Accidents and Trophy Hunter Kendall Jones have in Common?

Answer: Well, nothing really, yet. They just happen to be three of the more popularHNTSTK_1_2__66133_1314490481_1280_1280 keywords, and I hoped that if I used them in a title I’d tempt more of you to read some of the recent posts that have been overlooked according to this blog’s stats.

Why, for instance, did an article about Kendall Jones’ trophy hunting pictures receive over 22,000 reads here, whereas posts about climate change, elk or mute swans have only been looked at by a few dozen?

I’m trying to figure out what makes people tick.

Maybe there just aren’t enough hunting accidents involving trophy hunters to keep people reading, so here’s one that someone made up:

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Citing ‘racist views,’ tribe cancels Ted Nugent show

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WORLEY, Idaho (AP) — A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino.

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe on Monday said that the cancellation of the concert at the casino in Worley was because of what it called the rocker’s “racist and hate-filled remarks.”

The tribe says it booked Nugent without realizing he espoused “racist attitudes and views.” The tribe did not detail which of Nugent’s specific views it opposes.

Officials for Nugent’s music management company were out of the office on Monday and not available for comment.

Nugent in the past has referred to President Barack Obama as a “subhuman mongrel.” Nugent later apologized “for using the street fight terminology of subhuman mongrel.” But he maintained that Obama was a “liar” violating the Constitution.

Petition: Ban Endangered African Animal Trophy Imports From Namibia

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Corey Knowlton and Kendall Jones ‘Love Animals ‘
and they are massacring some of the most endangered wildlife on this planet into extinction for blood money , in other countries with no protection , for American TV Hunting Channels for entertainment .
Do you want to remove them from FB ? only , or do you want to remove thousands of people like them from a country > ???????? Namibia ? by blocking USA Animal Trophy Imports … this is with in your grasp but, we need your help to get this petition out there … Thank You
Please sign and share everywhere .. reach all the corners of the world and post it on pages and walls so that the world can judge these two death stars …………and lets block these vile people : https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Director_Robert_G_Dreher_USFWS_Ban_Endangered_African_Animal_Trophy_Imports_From_Namibia/

Belgian beauty loses modeling gig after her hunting pic hits the web

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Axelle Despiegelaere appears in a video promoting L’Oréal.

The Belgium beauty that scored a L’Oreal modeling deal after her World Cup photos went viral earlier this week has been released from her contract.

The decision comes after 17-year-old Axelle Despiegelaere sparked outrage on Facebook with a picture showing her posing with a dead oryx gazelle she had hunted in Africa, The Independent reports.

More: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2014/07/11/belgium-beauty-loses-modeling-gig-after-her-hunting-pic-hits-web/

Gun Lobbyist Kills Elephant In NRA-Sponsored NBC Sports Show

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/25/tony-makris-elephant_n_3989341.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false

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The Huffington Post  |  By  09/25/2013

The show, sponsored by the NRA, has aired on various networks in the past, but NBC Sports Network is now facing backlash for carrying newer episodes of the program.

In the video above, Makris, wearing the brown safari hat, can be seen tracking the elephant, taking aim and shooting it twice. The large animal trumpets, and Makris and his guide retreat to reload.

“Somebody got a little cheeky there,” he says, chuckling after the elephant stormed in their direction. Makris then raises his rifle up again and shoots it “between the eyes.”

In the next scene, he and his guide stand next to the dead elephant and talk about how they snuck right into its “bedroom” to kill it. The next clip shows the group sipping from champagne glasses, as the guide talks about the “special” act of bringing the elephant’s ivory back to camp.

As The Australian reports, the elephant hunt is completely legal, despite being controversial:

Controlled big game hunting still goes on in Africa and many reserves are set up by governments, who use money paid by rich safari hunters to fund broader conservation efforts. Elephant numbers in Botswana, however, have declined so greatly that a ban on hunting has been legislated. That ban won’t come into force until next year.

NBC Sports has since faced backlash on Twitter over their decision to air video of the safari, legal or not. A petition launched this week calls for the network to cancel the show. Another campaign at Causes.com has gotten around 5,000 signatures.

Makris, a legislative and PR strategist for the NRA, has quite the trophy case of controversial animals. A screenshot on the “Under Wild Skies” website shows him posing next two dead male lions. According to other show titles, he has also hunted rhinos, leopards and other elephants for the program.

“Feminist Hunter” Just another Oxymoron

Completely by accident, I happened upon on another site and found an angry comment to my recent post entitled, “Kendall Jones, Just another Pretty Psychopath.” The female commenter claimed to be upset by the use of the word “males” as though it were an insult to people of the male persuasion. A great book by Richard Wrangham and Dale Peterson, Demonic Males: Apes and the Roots of Human Violence (which I included on my recommended reading list at the back of my book), would not have a title if it were taboo to use the M-word.

But it turns out the reason for her comment was that she was offended as a “feminist hunter.” My grandmother’s two older sisters were suffragettes who marched on Washington D.C. and got themselves arrested for the cause of furthering women’s rights. If it hadn’t been for them and women like them, this commenter still might not have the right to vote. But one thing they didn’t do was hunt.

Although it’s a sure-fire way to get attention, it makes no sense to objectify and exploit one group of oppressed (non-human animals) while championing one’s own cause (feminism). It flies in the face of those who actually do fight for the rights of others. I imagine most animal rights activists, like Carol J. Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, would agree—the term “feminist hunter” is just another oxymoron.

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No Cheers for Trophy Hunting

>While most of these hunts may have been legal, they certainly were not ethical. Many of these hunters claim to be “pro-conservation,” but they clearly are not “pro-animal” as in the end their trophy kill is no less lethal or brutal than poachers who are similarly robbing the planet of their wildlife.<

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-flocken/no-cheers-for-trophy-hunting_b_5551404.html

by Jeff Flocken

This week, a 19-year-old Texas college cheerleader caused a stir when she posted photos online of her posing with imperiled African wildlife that she had hunted. An elephant, a lion, a leopard and a tranquilized white rhino — which she claimed was conveniently in need of being knocked-out for research purposes — all being propped up and posed as dead or unconscious trophies for her photo collection. Not surprisingly, the onslaught of comments overwhelming condemned her bloodthirsty escapades.

This is just the latest in a series of high-profile incidents where a trophy hunter attempted to flaunt their participation in this killing sport — under the unlikely guise of conservation — and it backfired. The King of Spain, Donald Trump’s sons, the CEO of GoDaddy, aspiring TV hunt-show host Melissa Bachman and the winner of the Dallas Safari Club auction to kill one of the last black rhinos in Namibia, are just a few examples of animal killers who found out that they are in the small majority of our population that are willing to tolerate killing charismatic and endangered species for sport.

While most of these hunts may have been legal, they certainly were not ethical. Many of these hunters claim to be “pro-conservation,” but they clearly are not “pro-animal” as in the end their trophy kill is no less lethal or brutal than poachers who are similarly robbing the planet of their wildlife.

In this modern day and age, saying that we have to kill something in order to save it is just no longer acceptable. There are ways to help communities in Africa living among (and, sometimes in conflict with) wildlife, that does not necessitate killing the animals. IFAW and other wildlife conservation organizations and animal protection groups are working with local communities on-the-ground every day find real solutions.

Elephants, great cats, rhinos are all struggling to survive in the face of shrinking habitat and unsustainable exploitation. There are fewer than a half million elephants left in the wild, less than 35,000 lions in Africa, and only around 5,000 black rhinos left. As their populations decrease, they unfortunately become more valuable as a trophy. Setting a price tag on the head of magnificent animals because they are rare and worth more dead than alive is the same philosophy that is driving the insatiable markets behind wildlife poaching.

Luckily the world is finally paying attention to the horrific global wildlife trafficking problem. But how can we be incensed and shocked by other nations illegally killing their wildlife for money in order to survive, when we knowingly watch Americans dump piles of money to go and kill these same animals for mere sport?

It’s easy to see why this young woman and the others like her have stirred up such great emotion. Trophy hunters personify an ugly stereotype of Americans who travel abroad and pay to do whatever they want. This is not how I, as an American, want to be seen or known around the world. Hopefully, the small number of Americans who still revel in this kind of vainglorious exploitation and killing of living things for fun will disappear before all the animals do.

Jeff Flocken is the North American Regional Director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

 

 

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