Hunter becomes the hunted: South African trophy hunter Scott van Zyl was eaten by two Nile crocodiles in Zimbabwe.
Zyl, 44, disappeared on April 7 while on a hunting trip in Zimbabwe. According to multiple media reports, the search for Zyl was called off “after rescuers found what they believe to be his remains inside two crocodiles.”
The BBC reports:
DNA tests on the carcass of a crocodile shot in Zimbabwe have confirmed that it contains the remains of a missing South African hunter, an investigator has told the BBC.
Zyl, who made his living by promoting the cowardly and despicable “sport” of trophy hunting, was eaten by crocodiles on the bank of the Limpopo River.
The professional trophy hunter ran a “private game farm” in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, where he charged foreign tourists large sums of money to engage in canned hunts.
In fact, hunters travel to Africa every year to collect “trophies” such as warthogs, elephants, zebras, lions, and even giraffes, with entire tour companies dedicated to the so-called “sport.”
The Daily Mail reports killing a giraffe will cost somewhere in the region of $3,000 (£2,037), with the cost of the day’s hunting on top – about $440 (£298).
Make no mistake, these canned hunts are for cowards with too much money and too little self-esteem. There is nothing brave or noble about killing exotic animals for sport.
Commenting on the story, One Green Planet notes:
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.
Bottom line: There is no “sport” in trophy hunting. Such activity is a perverse pursuit, and has no place in a civilized society.