Animal Book Author Flayed By Hunter

A Mike Naye contacted me criticizing my book, God and Animals, after only looking at a couple of free paragraphs shown by Amazon, stating that my misguided ramblings about animals come from emotion. Well yeah! Only human beings have emotions. Savages do not.

He criticized me for having compassion for animals…then, he was reminded that, God created the animals FIRST, then humans as an afterthought. That Scripture verse can be found in my book, God and Animals (AMAZON).

Mr. Naye  slammed me for being a vegetarian even though he challenged me with a question after my defense of animals asking if I ate meat and telling me that he did and wore leather shoes.  He also took great offense at my defense of wolves, now in danger by the lifting of the  wolf protection bill by Congress.

Then he aimed a sucker-punch with this statement: “You may be fighting against what God designed us to be, omnivores, but a lot of us God-fearing people do not.  In addition to eating game animals, I also wear leather shoes.  How about you?” He is a superior “God Fearing” man, by golly.

In my book that Mr. Naye criticizes,  God and Animals-What The Bible says About Heaven and Animals- (AMAZON), he will find that, ‘in the beginning’ both humans and animals were vegetarians.  All relevant Scriptures are in my book to verify what I’ve stated to make solid points and hopefully impressions. Everything I’ve said in my book is backed with Scripture Verses.

The critic was angered at my defense of animals, especially as I noted that Trophy Hunting was “sport killing”, in which those particular hunters gain perverted pleasure in doing. How can anyone take pleasure in causing a living creature to suffer?   He then made a point of telling me that, “wolves, by the way, do not just kill to eat but frequently participate in “sport killing”, i.e., just killing for the fun of it.”  This man was not trying to establish dialogue with me, he just wanted to fight.

First of all, animals have the same nervous system as humans. They experience love, fear, anxiety, pain and mental suffering, just as we do. Take your dog or cat to the vet and watch the anxieties appear. When you hit your thumb with a hammer and jump around yelling, just remember that your animal would feel the exact severe pain if it happened to them.

Another reason for my staunch defense of wildlife, including wolves, is because each animal assists in protecting our ecosystem. God put everything together on purpose for a purpose. And God told us through Adam and Eve that we must tend the garden. That would mean also taking care of the animals sharing that garden.

Furthermore, we are to treat all living creatures with respect. I pity the person who has never had a pet. One has never been loved until they have been loved by a dog who gives unconditional love that too many people have never experienced.

We are supposed to care for God’s creation but we do not. We have a way of ignoring too many things and are letting everything, including environment, and even our families, take care of themselves.  As inventor Liza Marie Hart, known as the “female Einstein observed: “When man messes with God’s Ecosystem, we always have a catastrophe.

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Anti-hunt trolls post ‘sick and twisted’ Facebook comments about father-of-three who was accidentally killed by stray bullet on a pigeon shooting trip

  • Marco Cavola, 42, was hit by a stray bullet on a hunting trip to a Scottish estate
  • Members of North East Hunt Monitors’ Facebook said the death was ‘karma’ 
  • One wrote ‘aww diddums’ of the Italian businessman who leaves behind a wife
  • But the ‘sick’ trolls were met with a stinging backlash from other comments   

Members of an anti-hunting group have come under fire for posting a barrage of ‘sick and twisted’ comments about a father-of-three who died on a pigeon shooting trip.

Marco Cavola, 42, was accidentally shot dead on March 25 when a hunting trip to Rossie Estate in Perthshire, Scotland, went badly wrong.

But among the heartfelt tributes which have been pouring in for the Italian businessman, a collection of so-called ‘hunt monitors’ have let rip with a string of nasty comments, including suggestions that his death was ‘karma’.

Marco Cavola, 42, was accidentally shot dead on March 25 when a hunting trip to Rossie Estate in Perthshire

Marco Cavola, 42, was accidentally shot dead on March 25 when a hunting trip to Rossie Estate in Perthshire

The North East Hunt Monitors today posted a news article on their Facebook page relating to Mr Cavola’s death, under the caption ‘oh dear’.

It attracted 130 comments within hours as trolls unloaded a torrent of messages celebrating the fatal accident which left three young children, aged 14, 12 and 7, fatherless and a wife widowed.

Helen Louise Rowan wrote that she ‘bloody love this. Hahaha’ while Barbara Rehman commented: ‘Karma is brilliant.’

Sharon Dolittle Young mockingly wrote ‘aww diddums’ and Jamie Bennion even commented that it was ‘vermin control’.

Other comments included ‘class’, ‘bravo’, ‘justice me thinks’ and ‘one less’.

But the Italian businessman's death was trolled by anti-hunting campaigners who suggested the death was karma in a string of celebratory messages

But the Italian businessman’s death was trolled by anti-hunting campaigners who suggested the death was karma in a string of celebratory messages

The 'sick and twisted' comments included posts such as 'one less' and other expressions of delight at the death of the hunter

The ‘sick and twisted’ comments included posts such as ‘one less’ and other expressions of delight at the death of the hunter

But the trolls have attracted a stinging backlash from who those who accuse the so-called hunt monitors of being ‘sick’.

Shane Sweeney wrote: ‘All these comments just goes to show that the majority of hunt sabs are sick twisted individuals.

‘A man dies and kids lose their father and you trolls think it’s a good thing. You all deserve nothing but hardship for the rest of your days.’

Jane King said: ‘What a load of sick people you are, whatever the circumstances. Show some respect. children have lost their father and a wife now a widow

Marco Cavola, a Juventus fan who lives in Lariano near Rome, had travelled to Scotland on March 24 and the following day set out hunting.

North East Hunt Monitors had originally posted a link to a news article about Mr Cavola's death under the caption 'oh dear'

North East Hunt Monitors had originally posted a link to a news article about Mr Cavola’s death under the caption ‘oh dear’

The trolls were met with a stinging backlash from other appalled comments such as one from Jane King who branded them 'sick'

The trolls were met with a stinging backlash from other appalled comments such as one from Jane King who branded them ‘sick’

Shortly before 11.30am, the experienced hunter was hit and fatally wounded by an accidental rifle shot.

Emergency services were called but the construction firm owner and experienced hunter was confirmed dead shortly after. It is unclear how exactly the accident happened.

Italian authorities were sent to Scotland to oversee the return of the businessman’s body when it is released by local officials.

Formal identification is yet to be carried out but his family have been informed.

One man, who lives nearby and did not want to be named, said: ‘I heard from a farmer friend that it was a group of Italians who were out shooting pigeons and a gun’s gone off accidentally.

‘You don’t think things like that could happen up here, it’s quite dramatic for the area, but it looks like it was just an accident.’

A spokesperson from the North East Hunt Monitors told MailOnline that the comments had not been moderated and confirmed that the post has now been removed ‘out of respect for the family’.

They also claim that the comments were not made by their members but visitors to the page and fake Facebook accounts.

But they added: ‘Tensions are fraught on both sides of the hunting debate and you will find many similar comments made about sabs and monitors who die or get injured.’

Mr Cavola, who lived in Lariano near rome, leaves behind three children aged 14, 12 and seven and a wife

Mr Cavola, who lived in Lariano near rome, leaves behind three children aged 14, 12 and seven and a wife

Just One Elephant Remains in the Knysna Forest

Lorraine Chow, Feb. 07, 2019

A sobering 15-month study on the declining population of the southernmost
herd of African elephants has determined only one elephant, a mature female,
is free-roaming in the Knysna forest in South Africa.

The analysis – titled And Then There Was One – was recently published in the
African Journal of Wildlife Research.

For the study, researchers set up camera trap across the whole elephant
range from July 2016 to October 2017 and concluded upon analysis that the
female elephant, estimated at 45 years old, was by herself.

“Because elephants move along defined elephant pathways, we placed our
cameras on these paths and covered the elephant range evenly, with spaces
between camera traps no larger than the smallest range recorded for
elephants,” one of the study’s authors Lizette Moolman, a South African
National Parks scientist, explained in an article posted to the park’s

“In other words, an elephant would not reside in a gap area, between camera
trap locations, for the duration of the survey. The cameras were all active
for 15 months, and during this time the same female elephant was identified
in 140 capture events, always by herself. No other elephants were
photographically captured.”

Fellow researchers behind the study were shocked to find only one elephant
left in Knysna, as the gentle giants historically roamed the area in the

“The brutal reality is there is no longer a population of Knysna elephants,”
study co-author Graham Kerley of the of Centre for African Conservation
Ecology at Nelson Mandela University, told Business Day. “All the mystique
of the Knysna elephant is reduced to a single elephant left in rather tragic

Their numbers have declined dramatically over the past three centuries due
to hunting as well as human encroachment that has forced the elephants from
their natural habitats and squeezed them into smaller and smaller areas. The
Knysna forest was previously a site for rampant timber exploitation.

While the solitary elephant appears in relatively good shape, Kerley
explained to Business Day that she has swollen temporal glands with
excessive temporal streaming, suggesting she might be stressed from being

According to the National Elephant Center, female African elephants are
social creatures and usually roam in herds with a number of related female
adults and male and female offspring.

The maximum lifespan for females is more than 65 years, so the lone Knysna
elephant could be by herself for two more decades.

As for capturing her and moving her to other elephant populations, Kerley
noted that “would be dangerous for her and we don’t know if it would even be
of any value to her as she knows the forest and she might not be able to
settle into another area with other elephants.”

Images of her show that her breasts are undeveloped and her mammary glands
are shriveled, meaning she has likely never been pregnant or has not given
birth in a long time, according to Business Day. Artificially inseminating
her would be too risky to attempt, Kerley said.

“Considering all these factors, the debate about how we have allowed this
population to go functionally extinct and how to manage the last elephant is
very emotional and very serious as she is a symbol of how we are treating
biodiversity as a whole,” Kerley told the publication.

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Hunter taken to hospital after being shot with several pellets

36-year-old Shawn Hunt of New Hampshire was hit in the head with several pellets from a shotgun when a rabbit was spotted.
By News Desk |

SOMERSET COUNTY(WABI) – Game wardens say a rabbit hunter was shot Tuesday morning in Pleasant Ridge Plantation.

Authorities say 36-year-old Shawn Hunt of New Hampshire was hit in the head with several pellets from a shotgun.

We’re told Hunt was on a guided hunt with two people when a rabbit was spotted.

Officials say Hunt instructed one of the other hunters to shoot the rabbit, and Hunt was hit by several pellets.

Hunt was taken to the hospital in Skowhegan to be evaluated.

Game wardens are still investigating.–506074031.html

Hunter pleads in cat shooting case

An 18-year-old hunter from Deckerville has entered a plea in Sanilac County Circuit Court in connection with the shooting of a domesticated cat last October.

Jeffrey Stone is charged with killing-torturing animals, a felony, and malicious destruction of property over $200, a misdemeanor.

The charges stemmed from an incident on Oct. 21 when the 18-yearold allegedly shot a cat with an arrow while hunting in the area of North Sandusky and Downington roads.

According to Sanilac County Undersheriff Brad Roff, the cat was shot after bothering Stone several times while he was hunting deer. The wounded animal was able to return to its home. The owners took the cat to a veterinarian where it was euthanized, according to Roff.

During last week’s final pretrial hearing in circuit court, Stone agreed to plead guilty to the felony and the misdemeanor. In accordance with the plea bargain agreement with the prosecutor’s office, the acceptance of the guilty plea to the felony was deferred by the court pending successful completion of probation. If he completes the terms of probation the felony will be dismissed.

Stone will be sentenced on the misdemeanor March 20.

Deputy: Officers searched hours before finding hunter’s body

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Law enforcement officials have testified that it took them several hours to find the body of a slain Iowa hunter after he was reported missing.

The Daily Iowegian reports that Appanoose County Deputy Jonathan Printy testified Friday in the murder trial of Ethan Davis that he was the first officer to respond in the early morning hours of Nov. 24 after 31-year-old Curtis Ross was reported missing. Printy says he and others searched a wooded area of southwestern Rathbun Lake for three to four hours before breaking to wait for daylight.

Deputy Cody Jellison found Ross’ body in a creek around 8 a.m.

Davis is charged with first-degree murder in Ross’ death. Prosecutors say Davis perched from a hilltop and used an AR-15 to shoot Ross, who was also stabbed more than two dozen times. Officials say they don’t have a motive for the killing.


Information from: The Daily Iowegian,

Tess killed this giraffe for fun. 


Tess killed this giraffe for fun. She smiles in front of his dead body and calls it a “dream hunt”! But we NOW have an unprecedented chance to help stop more vulnerable giraffes from being killed — starting by winning them international protection at a crucial wildlife summit in weeks! Sign now and share this with absolutely everyone to get our leaders’ attention!


Dear friends,

Tess killed this giraffe for fun.

She smiles in front of his dead body and calls it a “dream hunt”! It’s simply unexplainable why someone would be allowed do this. But we NOW have an unprecedented chance to help stop more vulnerable giraffes from being killed.

In weeks, countries from across the world are meeting for a crucial global wildlife summit. And for the first time ever, five African countries have proposed to put giraffes onto the list of protected species. This would be a game-changer and wake the world up to give giraffes the protection they deserve. And it’s urgently needed because the giraffe population is already down by 40%.

No one should murder animals just for fun, but we have a plan that could finally get giraffes the safety they need. Let’s all sign on now and then let’s make sure we share this with everyone we know!

Click here and let’s get giraffes the protection they deserve!

Here’s how Tess explains the rightness of her action: “Animals have no rights as they are animals not humans. Therefore you can’t murder them.”

She says that, likely knowing that giraffes are highly intelligent, emotional animals — who spend their evenings humming to each other to communicate. It’s time for all of humanity to see our animal friends as possessing rights, and being treated with dignity.

So if you disagree that they should be shot for fun, and believe that they should actually be protected from irresponsible game hunts, poaching, and habitat loss — then join us and let’s win them protection at this year’s CITES summit in May, the most important global conference on this issue. This will act as the first step in our Africa-wide giraffe protection plan!

So far, giraffes have gotten little attention, but with their population continuously dropping — it’s high time we ring the alarm bells, make this petition go viral, and have our governments act on our behalf!

Click here and let’s get giraffes the protection they deserve!

Life on Earth is so precious. And yet, some still think it’s all just a game and it’s the right thing to go and shoot animals for fun. The Avaaz community has stood up together when Cecil the Lion was killed or when Donald Trump tried to re-open the import of animal trophies — let’s do it once again for the giraffes!

With hope and determination,

Christoph, Sarah, Martyna, Risalat, Joseph, Rosa, Jenny and the rest of the Avaaz team


Fury over woman’s ‘sick’ giraffe hunting pictures (News AU)…

Giraffes under Threat: Populations Down 40 Percent in Just 15 Years (Scientific American)…

…giraffes HUM: Graceful giant of the African grasslands spend evenings humming to each other (DailyMail)

The Psychology and Thrill of Trophy Hunting: Is it Criminal?

Trophy hunting is gratuitous violence that can justifiably be called murder.

Posted Oct 18, 2015

“Still, the need to hurt animals that some children feel doesn’t explain why some adults hunt and kill large, and often dangerous, animals that they have no intention of eating. I have searched the psychology literature and, while there’s a lot of conjecture about what it means, the fact that very little research exists to support any assumptions makes reaching anunderstanding of this behaviour very difficult.”  (Xanthe Mallett, 2015)

Kids ask the darndest questions

A few years ago a youngster told me a story about a murder in his neighborhood in Boulder, Colorado, my hometown. I hadn’t heard about it so I asked him for more information and he told me about a cougar who had been murdered because this magnificent cat was living down the block from him. I instantly said something like, “Animals can’t be murdered,” and he looked at me – stared me straight in the eyes – and innocently but forcefully asked, “Why not?” I realized that I wasn’t going to “win” this discussion nor get out of it easily or cleanly, and his mother was calling him home, so I said that’s the way it is for now in the legal system, and, not unexpectedly, he once again asked, “Why?”

I was at a loss to say more given the time constraints and given the fact that I really wanted to let him know that I thought animals could indeed be murdered.” But, that would have made his mother angry and we both would have missed dinner. So, I told him that he really had made an impression on me, I thanked him for asking “Why, why, why,” and that I’d continue to think about this, for I do believe that killing an animal is murder (please also see) when an animal is killed in the same manner for which it is declared that a human has been murdered. And, sanitizing the killing by calling it culling, dispatching, or euthanizing doesn’t really do the job.

I haven’t thought much about this conversation, although I have pondered many times why the word “murder” is reserved for human animals and categorically excludes nonhuman animals (animals). And, some recent events have led me to write this brief essay about why the use of the word “murder” should be broadened to include other animals and why, for example, “trophy hunting” is really “trophy murder.”

I’m sure many people will likely weigh in on this topic and many already have. There also are some interesting exchanges at where the question, “Is killing an animal murder?” was raised. As of today, 58% of the respondents voted “yes” and 42% voted “no.” In addition, “Americans are turning thumbs down on trophy hunting by a two-to-one margin. Sixty-four percent of U.S. voters polled told the Humane Society of the United States that they also oppose trophy hunting in the United States.”

Definitions of murder invariably exclude nonhumans.  However, I can’t see any good reason other than “that’s the way it is.” Reasons given include misleading claims that animals don’t feel pain, they aren’t smart, or they don’t display what philosophers call agency, loosely put as the ability to make free choices and to act independently and to adapt in different environments. Furthermore, “All jurisdictions require that the victim be a natural person; that is, a human being who was still alive before being murdered. In other words, under the law one cannot murder a corpse, a corporation, a non-human animal, or any other non-human organism such as a plant or bacterium.”

The comments for the above debate make for interesting reading. One noted, “I love animals and have several pets but no killing animals for food is not murder. Killing animals for food is not murder because they do not have the ability to speak or have complex thoughts. For example, lets say there is a tiger hat is hungry and one of you who think its murder to kill an animal in a cage. That tiger would not hesitate to eat you so I say why can’t we do the same.” Another reader wrote, “Cruelty to animals is wrong, but it is not murder. People kill animals for a wide variety of reasons. Some of these reasons may be seen as cruel by different people: for example, some feel that killing animals for food is cruel, while others see it as a necessary evil, and some (like those who enjoy hunting) even take pleasure in it. However, even cruelty to animals does not rise to the level of “murder” as such.”

And, we also read, “(Non human) Animals are also sentient, conscious beings who feel pain and emotion If killing animals isn’t murder (because they are not people, or intelligent, or capable to express their fear, etc…) we should apply the same logic to humans who are handicapped or mentally retarded. No human ceases to be an animal simply because they are intelligent, we are merely perpetuating a sort of speciesism if we exclude unintelligent or unresponsive humans.”

These and other comments raise many of the issues that are central to arguing for using the word “murder” when an animal is involved in situations when it used for humans, and that laws need to be changed to reflect this.

A few recent events have made many others and me revisit the selective and speciesist use of the word “murder.” A few weeks ago a dog was killed and skinned in my hometown and once again, someone asked me if this could be classified as murder. Animals in zoos also are killed rather often even if they are healthy and could live longer lives. Marius, an otherwise healthy young giraffe, was killed in the Copenhagen zoo in February 2014 because he didn’t fit into their breeding program. Zoo administrators said he was euthanized, but of course this wasn’t a mercy killing but what I call “zoothanasia.” And, I also noted it could well be called murder.

Is trophy hunting really trophy murder? Cecil the lion and the recent killing of the largest African elephant in almost thirty years

“As for trophy hunting, I think it is probably the kind of animal killing that most resembles murder – murder in the first degree. It is done with planning (premeditation) and without provocation or biological justification. The animals are entirely innocent creatures killed only for ego-gratification and fun. It’s time we began to see this practice as akin to murder.” Kirk Robinson (executive director of the Western Wildlife Conservancy, comment on this essay)

Trophy hunting in the wild and in places where animals are bred and held captive for the purpose of being killed (canned hunting), also makes the news especially when a charismatic animal is slaughtered. Basically, trophy hunting is a gratuitously violent act that often results in dismemberment and taking the head as a “trophy.

This past summer the world learned about, and millions were outraged by, the killing of Cecil, a magnificent lion, by a Minnesota dentist under the guise that it served some conservation purpose. Cecil’s undoing was premeditated, he hadn’t done anything to deserve being killed, and the dentist paid a royal sum to be allowed to kill him. And, this week, we’ve learned that a magnificent elephant killed in Zimbabwe for fun was the biggest killed in Africa for almost 30 years (please also see).

There are many, far too many, examples of trophy hunting accompanied by pictures of happy hunters. Indeed, recreational sport hunting that doesn’t involve long-distance travel or huge sums of money can also be called murder. And, sport hunting is often glorified. Colorado has “hug a hunter” and “hug an angler” campaigns because Colorado Parks and Wildlife claim that hunting is a conservation tool (but please see). We read, “Coloradans are proud of the wildlife and natural beauty in Colorado. And we have hunters and anglers to thank for helping to support it. So if you love protecting Colorado and its natural beauty, go ahead and hug a hunter.” Of course, not all wildlife is valued.

Let’s get the discussion going and let’s begin by making it simple

The time has come to open the discussion about the limited use of the word “murder.” Detailed scientific research has more than amply shown that reasons for excluding animals that include their supposed lack of emotions, that they are not really sentient, and that they really don’t care what happens to them, for example, clearly don’t hold.

I’m sure there are people who are passionate on both sides of the ledger and we need to hear all voices. Attorney Steven Wise and his team, who have worked tirelessly for granting animals rights, have been focusing their attention on chimpanzees, so to begin, let’s just consider mammals. And, perhaps to get the discussion going, let’s only consider animals who are killed for trophy hunting, for sport and for fun, and exclude, for the moment, animals who are killed for our entertainment (dog- or cock-fighting), animals who are killed because they harmed, or supposedly harmed, a human(s), animals who wind up living in urban or suburban areas “dangerously” close to humans because we forced them out of their preferred and natural homes because of relentless development, animals who are killed for food or research, animals who are considered to be “pests,” animals who are “collected” “in the name of science.” We can also limit our early discussions to animals who clearly are sentient, which includes the vast majority of animals who are killed when there is no other reason to do it other than for fun.

I’m sure readers will have a category of animals they’d like to add to the list of candidates, and this is all part of the ongoing discussion. It’s difficult, for example, to exclude companion animals who are brutalized for no reason at all, so perhaps in early discussions we can also consider them as animals for whom the word “murder” applies.

Let me strongly emphasize that this early focus is not to say that other animals shouldn’t be granted legal rights nor that they can’t be murdered. However, we’ve got to begin somewhere, so let’s begin with the clearest cases in which an animal is killed for no other reason than someone thought it would be okay to kill them, perhaps for sport, perhaps for fun, perhaps because they like the high of the thrill, or perhaps because they enjoy killing the animals by “playing predator,” but surely not in any way that could be considered playing fair.

One of my friends suggested to me that perhaps the world isn’t ready for such a discussion, but surely there are crimes against animals that fall smack into the arena of crimes that are considered to be murder when there is a human victim(s). Trophy hunting is one clear case; it is voluntary and intentional and there is no reason to engage in it other than the hunter finds it to be a form of recreation or fun. It’s often not that challenging, and surely one doesn’t have to do it.

The psychology of trophy hunting: What drives people to thrill kill?

Hunting for ‘sport’ is basically another way to describe the thrill of killing.” Graham Collier, Psychology Today

The phrase “trophy hunting” – a form of thrill killing (for example, please see) is all about nonhumans, but gratuitous violence in the form of thrill killing also occurs in humans. When there are human victims it’s clearly considered to be aberrant and criminal behavior that rightfully is called murder. The bottom line is that anyone who thrill kills should be punished regardless of whom the victim is. And we also should keep in mind what psychologists call “the Link,” the close relationship between human-animal violence and human-human violence.

While I cannot find any formal studies of what drives trophy hunting specifically, many people have weighed in on questions of this sort. One essay called “Why we may never understand the reasons people hunt animals as ‘trophies‘” by criminologist Dr. Xanthe Mallett reports “Research shows increased levels of hostility and a need for power and control are associated with poor attitudes towards animals, among men in particular.”

Dr. Mallett also writes, “Another paper has linked personality traits of some people who hunt for sport to a different ‘triad’ of behaviours, known ominously as the ‘dark triad’. This includes narcissism (egotistical admiration of one’s own attributes, and a lack of compassion), Machiavellianism (being deceitful, cunning and manipulative) and psychopathy (lack of remorse or empathy, and prone to impulsive behaviour).”

Dr. Mallett ends her essay as follows: “And that [the lack of hard data] means we may never know why hunters are compelled to seek animal trophies for their walls. Indeed, we might be condemned just to watch and wonder about their motive and emotional capacity.” Surely, if people just want to “get out into nature” and rewild themselves, there are better and much less harmful ways to do it. Trophy hunting also violates the tenets of compassionate conservation, namely, first do no harm and all individuals matter (please seeand links therein).

What drives trophy hunting is a field rich in questions and ideas that should be of interest to many readers of Psychology Today and also practitioners.

Words count

The wide-ranging concern and condemnation of trophy hunting is not merely an animal rights or vegan perspective, but rather one grounded in concerns about respect and decency. Many people who eat and wear animals are outraged by Cecil’s demise and by the latest elephant to be killed for fun. Many of my friends say something like, “It just isn’t right,” and all the academic arguments in the world aren’t going to convince them that trophy hunting can be justified. And, hunters with whom I’ve spoken are appalled by canned and wild trophy hunting. There’s a lot going on here about which I hope to write later on.

Words count. The failure to use the word “murder” for nonhumans is due to a misleading extension of the “them” versus “us” way of thinking, one that is, or should be, long gone, and a view that ignores who other animals truly are – their cognitive and emotional lives and capacities — based on large amounts of detailed empirical research. While we surely are different from other animals, we also share many traits that make us all very similar to the magnificent animals who are routinely hunted as trophies. These shared traits are those that are used erroneously by some to separate “them” from us as if the differences are black and white, rather than shades of gray.

So, if legal systems change and recognize the fact that animals can be murdered, we can expect that crimes that count as murder will be punished accordingly, other than by shame. And, perhaps, someday I’ll be able to tell some inquisitive “annoying” kid that animals can indeed be murdered. And, I’ll also let him or her know that when people say they love animals and harm them, I always say I’m glad they don’t love me.

Note: For more on ways to stop the killing, please see Hope Ferdowsian’s “5 Ways to Stop the Killing.” The man who killed the elephant has now been identified.

Marc Bekoff’s latest books are Jasper’s Story: Saving Moon Bears (with Jill Robinson), Ignoring Nature No More: The Case for Compassionate ConservationWhy Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed, and Rewilding Our Hearts: Building Pathways of Compassion and CoexistenceThe Jane Effect: Celebrating Jane Goodall (edited with Dale Peterson) has recently been published. (; @MarcBekoff)


December 21, 2018> Lilongwe Wildlife Trust

Great news.the Government have confirmed that they have rejected the hunting

Following debate on the introduction of trophy hunting inside Malawi’s
protected areas, we collected over 3,500
<> petition signatures
in the first 48 hours – thank you so much to all who signed and shared it.
Read the statement

Special thanks go to the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus for their
strong stance. Hon Commodius Nyirenda, MP and MPCC Spokesperson, said,
“Public opinion reflects that of the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation
Caucus: that trophy hunting is not welcome in Malawi. We value our
reputation as a tourism destination too highly. And – where legal hunting
can be used as a cover for illegal wildlife trade and undermine community
sensitisation efforts – we believe that the questionable revenue is not
worth the associated risks that could ultimately undermine conservation

Thanks also to PASA, the Born Free Foundation, Olsen Animal Trust, Love
Support Unite and Green Paw for their extra support.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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