This Is Not Sport

This Is Not Sport

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Despite protests by wildlife advocates and conservation groups, about a dozen Dutch and Belgians who'd paid close to $20,000 for the privilege successfully slaughtered at least 100 antelopes, wildebeest, warthogs, baboons and other animals last week in a South African "driven hunt," aka real-life shooting gallery, in which terrified animals are herded by "chasers" into a cleared corridor so that "hunters," lounging on wooden platforms, can take pot shots at them. The week-long massacre by rich, fat, white sociopaths - who nonetheless evinced enough shame to cover their faces when photographers showed up - took place on three farms in the Limpopo province north of Johannesburg. The controversial "canned hunt," which thanks to a loophole is technically legal if morally reprehensible, has galvanized activists, including Anonymous, to call for a ban, especially after video of the event began spreading. Leading the campaign is the Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation, which argues that legitimate hunting is one thing and "entertaining the Europeans" is another. "This is a rich man’s thing," said founder Paul Oxton. "No hunting actually took place in the practical sense of the word."

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