These Tourists In Africa Hid Their Faces In Shame Because Of What They Did (IMAGES)

A group of European tourists in South Africa, who were returning from the slaughter of beautiful animals, were captured on film covering their faces after the event. Apparently, they knew how their actions were going to be viewed by the rest of the world and they didn’t want to be identified.

The Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation captured the pictures of a baker’s dozen of rich, European tourists on their way back from a massacre. They paid good money to participate in a “driven hunt,” also known as a “canned hunt” near the rural South African town of Alldays, where three farms cater to the rich tourists who want to feel powerful by killing defenseless animals.

Paul Oxton, founder of the Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation, explains that using the word “hunt” is being generous:

“No hunting actually took place in the practical sense of the word. There’s really no sport in it. They literally just stand there and take pot shots. There is no fair chase whatsoever. It’s a completely different way of killing animals. It’s highly unethical. “

The “hunters” stand on platforms built-in the bush while event staffers in bright clothes — to avoid being shot, though one suspects that some tourists would be okay with that — called “chasers” drive the animals to the shooters.

Chasers prepare to flush out the victims

Chasers prepare to flush out the victims

There is no care for what kind of animals are drive to their deaths; baboons, antelopes, warthogs… any animal is fair game. Any animal in the kilometer-wide sweep driven toward the platforms is shot.

The "hunters" stand on these platforms as the animals are driven towards them

The “hunters” stand on these platforms as the animals are driven towards them

The platforms are, actually, what brought this unwanted attention to the “hunt,” as they were visible from the road. These sort of activities have been going on for ages but it’s only recently that the public has been made aware of it. This may serve as the death knell of these “hunts,” if animal rights activists have anything to say about it.

The South African National Council of SPCAs has obtained a warrant to gain access to the three farms who host these events. But as the “hunts” are perfectly legal, there’s not much they can do. The lawmakers of South Africa need to change the law.

The group of tourists — from Belgium, Holland and, possibly, Denmark — knew that what they were doing was abhorrent to most people, so they hid their faces as Oxton aimed his camera their way:

Rich European tourists returning from a massacre

Rich European tourists returning from a massacre

Oxton is hoping that this exposure shames them further:

“They all started putting jackets and hats over their faces. They were ashamed. These people were ashamed. They obviously don’t care, but they care enough to where they don’t want to be seen for having done this shameful thing. These people are going to be identified, and they’re going to have problems. I can see that there’s going to be some major fallout for them. In my mind, that’s the price they have to pay. My goal was to show the unethical manner of what they were doing. People shouldn’t be allowed, just because they have enough money, to pay to kill animals using this method. It’s terrible.”

As Oxton points out, only the rich participate in these “hunts.” Only those with disposable income can afford to go out and kill animals for fun. Not that all rich people have no ethics, but having too much money allows those without ethics to indulge themselves.

As we learned with the whole Cecil the lion story, when people learn about rich jerks shooting animals for “sport,” they don’t approve. Perhaps the exposure of these “driven hunts” will pressure the South African government to finally do something. You can add to the pressure. Visit the Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation and the NSCPA to find out how.

All images courtesy of Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation