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Trophy hunting is already terrible in every way, but it is even more cruel and cowardly to kill a defenseless animal when they are sleeping. That is what Guy Gorney did in Zimbabwe in 2011 when he killed a sleeping lion. A video surfaced online of Gurney’s ‘hunt’ which shows him killing the lion and celebrating. In the video, he is being ‘guided’ by Mark Vallaro, a professional hunter.
Gorney sneaks up on the sleeping lion and shoots him, jolting him awake in pain. It’s heartbreaking to watch. Even worse, he shows absolutely no remorse and brags about killing over 70 big game animals including rhinos, leopards, elephants, and buffalos. Trophy hunters like him are dangers to wildlife. According to the African Wildlife Foundation, lions can become extinct by 2050 at the current rate of lion hunting and poaching. Therefore, his claim that he trophy hunts for conservation is false.
In a 2015 interview with CBS, Gorney said “I like pitting myself against these animals.” It’s all about himself and his ego as is clear in the video when he celebrates his win. His profile picture on his social media accounts is even a gruesome photo of himself sitting on the dead lion as if he were a king on a throne and holding the dead lion’s head up.
Source: Guy Gorney/Facebook
Trophy hunters like Gorney are only endangering animals that are already at risk to pet their own egos and fulfill their desires of hurting animals that are significantly stronger than them when they are without weapons. To speak up against trophy hunting and make sure that he can no longer kill any more animals for pleasure, sign this petition which asks Zimbabwe’s Minister of Environment, Water, and Climate to not allow Gorney to hunt in Zimbabwe ever again.
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