If you are a sports fan, you have probably heard of Stan Kroenke, the American billionaire who, in addition to being one of the largest land-owners and real estate developers in the country, owns several sports teams, including the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL, the Denver Nuggets of the NBA, the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL, and the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. He is also the biggest shareholder in the English Premier League Arsenal football club. Kroenke is married to Ann Walton, an heiress to the gargantuan Wal-Mart fortune, which has allowed him to expand his real estate business around Wal-Mart stores, helping him reach an estimated worth of $8 billion.
With this amount of wealth, we would hope Kroenke would follow in the footsteps of fellow American billionaires, Warren Buffett and the Buffett family, who donated a whopping $23.7 million to combat rhino poaching. However, Kroenke is doing the precise opposite of protecting endangered species; rather, he is advocating the vile practice of trophy hunting.
Over this past weekend, Kroenke launched his own television channel called My Outdoor TV, which features several programs chronicling trophy hunts and the gruesome murders of innocent endangered species like lions and elephants in Africa. The footage depicted on these programs is disturbingly violent and bloody, with trophy hunters making such callous remarks as “It’s a good shot…Definitely, some liver and some lungs hit.”
Endangered species‘ populations are dwindling at alarming rates, and the world cannot survive without the biodiversity of Africa’s wildlife. The last thing the planet needs is for rich and powerful people to promote and applaud the hunting of endangered species.
A petition has been set up in protest of Kroenke’s new program, asking for him to step down as chairman for Arsenal. If you are appalled by Kroenke’s recent project, please take a moment to sign the petition and share with your network.
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