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Scott Van Zyl vanished last week after going on a hunting safari in Zimbabwe and now the remains of the father-of-two have been found inside two crocodiles. You’d think that we’d take some sort of celebratory stance in the face of a hunter facing karma, but we’re not going to go there. A man is dead, animals are still being hunted for no reason whatsoever and really the entire thing is pretty much awful.

Zyl, whose company runs hunting trips for foreign clients, went on a hunting safari with a Zimbabwean tracker and a pack of dogs but when they left their truck, Zyl and the tracker walked into the bush in two different directions. Later that same day, Zyl’s dogs returned to the truck… but without him.

A rescue mission was started with a team of helicopters, divers, and trackers, with friends giving out missing posters in villages and to fisherman along the river. Zyl’s footprints were then later spotted leading to the river bank, with trackers finding his backpack nearby. It’s believed he was eaten by crocodiles on the banks of the Limpopo River in Zimbabwe, as the two reptiles were found with gunshot wounds and human remains inside their stomachs.

Let’s be honest, Zyl 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 others. 

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We don’t celebrate anyone’s death (human or animal) and see the entire situation as utterly senseless. African elephants are being hunted to extinction, along with rhinos, for their tusks and horns. Big cats are creeping closer to extinction from the wild while they are mercilessly hunted to become stuffed trophies or rugs. While bans on ivory and endangered species protections are popping up in more and more countries every day, the fact remains that poaching and big game hunting contribute to extinction and if we don’t take action now, we stand to lose some of the most iconic animals from the planet. In fact, we could lose the African elephant entirely by 2030. That’s less than two decades away.

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 the animals in their natural state? You can also support organizations like the World Society for the Protection of Animals and the World Wildlife Fund who are working towards conservation – without killing.

Image source: Against Wild and Endangered Animal Cruelty Page/Facebook

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Jason Dimmell
2 Months Ago

Scott knew the risks. As humans, we are too part of the "wild". Those of us who choose to be part of it and live as we were meant are not being foolish or irresponsible. Trophy hunting in Africa brings huge benefits to those countries who monetize it and use it for further conservation etc. Its a net plus. Those of you who do not understand hunters and their motivations should keep to themselves. And they certainly should not use the death of another human being to cheaply try and further their cause.


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me
3 Months Ago

Is it still funny if he was murdered and his body fed to the crocodiles?


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Scott
3 Months Ago

Trophy hunting is a sport that provides great benefits to developing nations, as well as to the hunted species.
Even a third world Kleptocrat can appreciate animal management when he understands the millions of dollars at stake in hunting fees and the importation of foreign moneys into his coffers. Formerly endangered animals, such as the elephant and lion, are rebounding in nations where such management for hunting is practiced.

Here is an assessment of the African lion by the IUCN, not a pro-hunting organization by any means:
"The overall classification of the Lion as Vulnerable masks a dichotomy: we observe that sample Lion subpopulations increased by 12% in four southern African countries (Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe) and in India..." [all nations with managed hunting, btw]
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/15951/0


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Mandy Quin
21 Apr 2017

I would highly recommend that you check your facts Scott, as they are completely inaccurate. Born and bred in South Africa and having worked in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, I can assure you that elephants and lions were NOT formerly endangered and btw hunting is illegal in Botswana as of the end of 2014!!
I would suggest you check the actual facts on the revenue generated by hunting as compared to photographic safaris as a whole - you will be shocked Mr First World!

Scott
21 Apr 2017

Mandy: Thank you for the clarification of Botswana, but you are incorrect concerning elephants:

"The African Elephant was listed as Vulnerable (VU A2a) in the 2004 IUCN Red List, under the same IUCN Categories and Criteria used in this assessment (Version 3.1).

Prior to the 2004 assessment, the species was listed as Endangered (EN A1b) under the IUCN Categories and Criteria Version 2.3 (1994), in an assessment conducted in 1996 by the IUCN SSC African Elephant Specialist Group."
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/12392/0

Since BOTH generate revenues and economic benefit, the comparison between hunting and photography would be moot. But the benefit to the heatlh of the anumal populations is indesputable: legal managed hunting makes a species stronger and more abundant.

Wendy Jenks
3 Months Ago

I don\'t support the WWF. They support trophy hunting:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/stop-trophy-hunting-now/wwf-supports-trophy-hunting-all-over-the-world-/476348555747874/


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Charles Jandecka
3 Months Ago

People who hunt are no different than people who harvest. Both kill for whatever the reason stated.

Oh, and have you ever picked a flower to smell? That too is killing ...


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Tep
19 Apr 2017

Dear Charles Jandecka, I work for a think-lab in Austria. I don\'t think I have ever met someone that has a clearer grasp of logic than you have displayed in the post above. Can you please contact me asap at [email protected] asap? I think we may have a spot for you on our team.

Wendy Jenks
21 Apr 2017

Plants don\'t have central nervous systems, Charles. They don\'t experience the pain and suffering sentient animals do.

Scott
21 Apr 2017

Wendy: All animals will suffer pain and death.
A bullet or arrow is the most humane death any wild animal can hope for.

Troy Leopardo
3 Months Ago

I would heap massive amount of shame on this lady. Not only is she clueless to what living in rural Africa is all about, taking out her self loathing and hatred of humanity on rural communities, her ilk has seriously impeded Wildlife Management. I have 25 years experience in this field and a formal education. What has little miss Animal Lover done other that pleasuring herself to wildlife porn? I\'d also like to know if she reserves the same scorn for the 11-year-old boy, Mphathi Ndlovu, who was killed by a crocodile while he was swimming in the Kana River with two friends. We who do this job for a living know that sites like "One Green Planet" and "Vegans R US" are just click bait for clueless wildlife enthusiasts. The InfoWar or Braibart News of the Vegan Left. Get with it, educate yourself...good intentions are not enough.


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Ilka Marie Holter
19 Apr 2017

Boy, you are right on the money!!! There may be hope for us yet, as long as some common sense prevails among Humans. Thank you for speaking up! By the way, my husband and I are farmers and ranchers in Goldendale, U.S.A. I would be honored to hear from you, and my condolences to the family of this hunter. God Bless you.

Jim
3 Months Ago

Two crocodiles had the munches for a stupid hunter.


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Scott
21 Apr 2017

Crocs have the munches for native children all the time.
Perhaps they are stupid, too?

Jason Dimmell
22 May 2017

Have some respect! The man had two children!

Aaron
3 Months Ago

Having been a Hunter and a fisherman my whole life and never having killed an animal I didn\'t eat after. I find it slightly hypocritical to hear from the Anti-hunting crowd about how all the hunters are evil and they deserve to die. Do you think your Chick filet sandwich died of old age. Also how much money have you contributed to conservation programs. I believe if you do a little research you will discover than a very large percentage of conservation groups were founded and supported by hunters. Also this story has almost no depth what was he doing. Was he hunting the crocodiles for sport or was he looking for nuisance animals that were attacking local villagers? Something that happens a lot in Central Africa. If you don\'t want to hunt that fine don\'t, but who died an made you the sole arbitrator of what is a proper life style and what isn\'t. I don\'t criticize you for eating all the foreign grown fruits and vegetables which are grown in unsustainable ways at third world slave wages. I guess my point is you live your lifestyle and let other people live theirs.


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Mike
21 Apr 2017

Aaron but why hunt ?

Wendy Jenks
21 Apr 2017

When your "lifestyle choice" has innocent victims, decent people are going to stand up and call you out on it. We do not need to eat meat to survive; therefore it is unethical to kill an animal that doesn\'t need to die.

Scott
21 Apr 2017

Mike; Hunting develops skills and allows one to connect with the outdoors in a way that is historical and primal. It is also a great way to get organic food and understand the effort that was once involved in doing so. Furthermore, it is the best way to keep animal populations in balance.
I have participated for several years in a county deer depopulation program. The game warden told us that the park I hunted would support about 30 deer, but there were about 200 there. If the population were not reduced, the hardwood forest would be gone within a century. The choices are to reintroduce wolves and cougars into suburbia, leave the deer to destroy the environment and starve, or keep their numbers in check with managed hunting.

Wendy; Animals are food for humans. We also do not need clothing to survive in most places. A vegan diet is an unhealthful diet; meat is necessary for optimal health. Every "innocent" animal will die: the most humane death any wild animal could hope for is from a bullet or arrow.

Norman Tanner
3 Months Ago

WTF is that kid holding up? It looks like a Leopard kitten. No matter what it is, it\'s an awful small "trophy". I have no sympathy for him or his family. The comment below about all the money his managed hunts will not bring in now is what I find stupid. That same man could have led managed trips into the wild without killing one animal. Quite a few people would pay a couple thousand bucks to have him take them into the wild for a week of camping and taking pictures. I\'m just sad that the crocs won\'t be able to mount him above their fireplace to show off.


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steve
21 Apr 2017

Hmmm a couple thousand to take them sight seeing or 50-60k to take them hunting. I hope you get attacked by a lion, bear or Moose you tool of a person

Devin
3 Months Ago

Scott Van Zyl deserved to die, for his children, your dad was no better then a racist or a Nazi and he\'s better off dead.


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steve
21 Apr 2017

You are the equivalent of a Nazi, saying someone should die since they do not fall in line with your ideology. NAZI scum bag

Pat
21 Apr 2017

Well, Steve, you call Devin a Nazi for saying he deserved to die, yet you tell Norman that he hopes he gets "attacked by a lion, bear or Moose you tool of a person."
So, what does that make YOU, Stevey, besides a POS hypocrite?

Jason Dimmell
22 May 2017

You are an ignorant person. Being grateful for the death of another fellow human because he disagreed with your viewpoints is just insane. You favour wild thoughtless animals over your own intelligent human kind? What the hell is wrong with you? Can you understand how his kids/family are feeling right now?



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