Sigh. Well, it’s happened again and we can’t say we are surprised. A 50-year-old man was recently on a boar hunt with a group in Germany when he was attacked and killed by a male boar he was trying to shoot. According to German police, the man suffered serious injuries to his left thigh and fell into the nearby water. The man, who later died at a hospital has not yet been identified.
Police note that the whereabouts of the pig are unknown and don’t know if the boar was injured. About 500,000 boars are killed every year in Germany alone, which is heartbreaking when you consider how boars are social animals, with their families being led by the oldest matriarch of the family and like all animals, they simply want to live in peace.
While we can definitely understand the sentiments of those who read this story and regard this hunter with fury, we don’t celebrate anyone’s death (human or animal) and see the entire situation as utterly senseless. Because let’s be honest, the man shouldn’t have been hunting in the first place. Animals in the wild … are wild! They are living, thinking beings with instincts for survival. We have to ask ourselves if the “thrill of the hunt” is really worth risking your own life – while deliberately taking that of another.
Here’s a novel concept that can keep this situation from happening in the future. Let’s leave the wildlife alone. Instead of going to shoot big game, why not take a trip to simply appreciate these animals in their natural state? You can also support organizations like the World Animal Protection and the World Wildlife Fund who are working towards conservation – without killing.
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