By Edward Husar Herald-Whig
PERRY, Mo. — As professional artist Craig Norton of Perry was doing research for an adult coloring book focusing on endangered animals, something kept gnawing at him.
Norton said he would frequently encounter disturbing photographs of big-game hunters posing with the carcasses of endangered animals they had just killed.
He said he saw one hunter standing victoriously atop a dead elephant while flexing his muscles and giving a thumbs-up sign.
He saw a hunter swaying with a dead cheetah in his arms as if dancing with the animal on prom night.
He saw a couple kissing and holding a “Just Married” sign while standing next to a dead grey zebra one of them had killed.
He saw hunters sitting on a dead giraffe while smoking cigars and toasting each other with champagne glasses.
He saw a photo of a boy — about 10 or 12 years old — relaxing alongside a lion he had shot.
“He was literally cozied up next to the dead lion, and he’s playing on his iPad,” Norton said.
All of these images — and many others — bothered Norton and stayed with him while he was producing the 45 pen-and-ink drawings that were eventually featured in his coloring book, “Endangered: Animals to Color,” which was published in 2016.
Since then, Norton decided to express his feelings about “the negative effects of trophy hunting” by producing a series of paintings that focus on the killing of endangered animals.
The result is “Trophies,” an art exhibit that opens Monday in the Hannibal-LaGrange University’s Arts Department gallery. The exhibit will remain on display through Nov. 10. A reception with the artist — open to the public — is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday.
Norton, a father of six who makes a living as a professional artist, said he felt compelled to create the series of artworks as a way to make a statement about his concern for the loss of endangered animals.
“These beautiful animals stand no chance when facing a hunter with a gun,” he said.
Norton is quick to point out that he is not opposed to legal hunting in general. He is specifically opposed to killing endangered animals.
“This exhibit has nothing to do with deer, turkey or duck hunters,” he said.
Norton is worried that the continued hunting of endangered animals will lead to the extinction of more species.
“For every species that is wiped out, it affects so much more than people realize because the extinction of one species affects other species,” he said.
Norton likens the extinction possibilities to a jigsaw puzzle.
“When one piece of that puzzle is suddenly missing, it affects the balance of things and is not complete,” he said.
“There’s not enough protection for these animals. Their numbers are dropping considerably. So I’m trying to get the debate going on whether this is the right thing or the wrong thing.”
Norton said all of the paintings he produced for the exhibit were based on real photographs he encountered while doing research over the last couple of years.
“These are not fictional,” he said. “They are based on real photographs, then I make it my own painting by adding things and subtracting things.”
Norton even added editorial text to some of the paintings to help illustrate his points about “the complete and utter disrespect and disregard for the animals’ life.”
Norton, 43, is known for making statements about social issues when producing his work.
Over the years he developed gallery shows in New York, Chicago, St. Louis and Baltimore featuring paintings, drawings and mixed-media work on such diverse subjects as the Holocaust, racial lynchings, gun violence and the travails that have faced Native Americans and the elderly.
He feels endangered animals deserve some attention as well.
“There are thousands of species at risk,” he said.
More information and examples about Norton’s artwork can be found on his website, craignortonart.com, and at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Man gets no jail sentence or fine for abusing puppies to death. We demand strict penalty
No justice for puppies abused to death
Oct 16, 2017 — Thank you so much to everyone who signed the petition.
Sadly the verdict was today approved by the state solicitor. It is a tragic fact that this animal abuser will not serve a day in prison, he will not be fined and he will be allowed to keep dogs again in 5 years. In the meantime he can have other animals.
We are so sorry we couldn’t achieve some kind of justice for the 8 poor puppies who were abused, 7 of them to their death. All we can do now is to use this disgraceful case for what it is worth and work for better legal protection for animals. We hope the world will…
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Article posted by C.A.S.H. Committee To Abolish Sport Hunting
By Peter Muller, VP of C.A.S.H.
Trophy hunting is the selective hunting of wild game for human recreation. In “Trophy Hunting” the entire animal or part of the animal is kept as the “trophy.” It is frequently kept as a remembrance of the hunt. The game sought is usually the oldest with the largest body size, largest antlers or other distinguishing attributes.
Trophy hunting has both supporters as well as opponents – both from within the hunting fraternity and from outside of it. Discussions concerning trophy hunting are not only about the question of the morality of recreational hunting and the supposed conservation efforts of hunting, but also the observed decline in the animal species that are targets for trophy hunting.
Trophy hunting occurs internationally at many levels. We all remember the worldwide press coverage and outcry that Cecil received with many negative comments regarding that taking.
Was it legal?
Was Cecil “set up” for the kill by a wealthy American?
What was the benefit of the money paid by the hunter to the local community?
and so on..
However, let’s restrict this discussion to the US only and look at the arguments in favor and opposed to trophy hunting in the US.
In the US, trophy hunters select their targets according to whether the animal has the largest horns, antlers, or other visible attributes that would be of importance to pass on to future generations – in other words, they are genetically laden with attributes that need to be passed on to future generations for the benefit of the species as a whole.
To selectively kill off these genetically laden members of the species will gradually diminish these positive attributes from appearing in future versions of the species as a whole. In other words, the species, as a whole would slowly but surely decline.
Trophy hunting causes what has been referred to as “unnatural selection.” It has been shown to reduce antler size and body size in roe deer and horn size and body size in mountain sheep.
This unnatural selection which is common to all groups that are trophy hunted likely compromises the long-term viability of all terrestrial and aquatic species.
You can read more here: Fred Allendorf and Jeffery Hard, “Human Induced Evolution Caused by Unnatural Selection through Harvest of Wild Animals,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 106 (2009); 9987-94.
To compensate for smaller bucks, game managers now cooperate with the Quality Deer Management Association to build herds with large antlers for sport hunting.
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By Rana Husseini – Oct 14,2017
AMMAN — Police are questioning a 23-year-old hunter who allegedly shot and killed another hunter in Wadi Mujeb area over the weekend, official sources said.
The suspect turned himself in to the police shortly after allegedly shooting the 42-year-old victim while they were both hunting animals on Friday night, Police Spokesperson Lt. Col. Amer Sartawi said.
“At this point, we are treating this incident as accidental, but we are still investigating the shooting,” Sartawi told The Jordan Times.
A second source told The Jordan Times that “the suspect was hunting late at night in Wadi Mujeb area when he heard a noise near him and thought it was a wild anima”.
“The suspect shot at the direction of the noise with his pump action rifle but discovered that he had shot a person so he immediately turned himself in,” the second source added.
The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead on arrival, the source added.
A team of government pathologists headed by Saif Hamarneh performed an autopsy on the victim and concluded that he “received a fatal bullet wound to the back and head,” a senior medical source told The Jordan Times.
The Criminal Court prosecutor is currently questioning the suspect who is detained at a correctional and rehabilitation centre pending further investigations, the second source added.
SACAJAWEA STATE PARK, Wash. — Franklin County Sheriff Deputies say a 31 year-old man drowned while duck hunting on the Columbia River on Saturday afternoon.
Dive and rescue teams hurried, searching for a man they said went into the water after his drifting boat.
Officials said the man was duck hunting with a partner at the time he went into the water, and didn’t surface again.
At least two dive and rescue boats scoured the stream near Sacajawea State Park And found the man within the hour.
Action News saw divers giving CPR to the man, then rushing him to the hospital in an ambulance.
Authorities are not releasing the victim’s name.
NACHES, Wash. — A 28-year-old Olympia man is at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after accidentally shooting himself in the elbow while hunting near Rimrock Lake Thursday.
But it took more than two hours to get him there after a helicopter had to turn around due to of inclement weather.
The man was hunting with a primitive, muzzle-loading rifle, said sheriff’s Sgt. Judd Towell. Just after 10:30 a.m., he slipped and dropped his rifle, which fell behind his arm and discharged — shooting him in the back of the elbow, said Chief Criminal Deputy Ed Levesque. Deputies would not release the man’s name Thursday.
Towell said when the older, more primitive weapons hit the ground it sometimes causes them to release the lock and fire.
The man was able to apply his own tourniquet, tell dispatchers where he was and walk to the nearest road so deputies could find him, Towell said.
“He’s a pretty responsible guy,” he said. “He really saved his own life.”
An ambulance picked him up around 1 p.m., and took him to a local hospital, before he was flown to Harborview. Information on his condition was not available Thursday evening.
Towell said the gunshot wound was not life-threatening, however the man could lose his arm.