dead animals
by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals.
Photo: sweet_d

Leave it to Reddit users to expose a home filled with so much death, one can’t even quite comprehend the loss.

In the one image above, I personally can count twenty animals. However, more images and more animals can be found on the original link. The Reddit user sweete_d who posted the photos wrote, “Invited to dinner party, I was given no warning.” They continued, “I could have taken 15 more pictures, there were around 50-75 animals covering every inch of the house. None were purchased, the family goes to Africa for 6 weeks every year and has a gun vault the size of most peoples homes.”

Many countries allow trophy hunting and don’t monitor the impact, according to Humane Society International. However, the organization is trying to combat the cruel practice by highlighting the financial benefits of ecotourism. Most people who travel to see lions or rhinoceros want to see them in their natural habitat and have no interest in killing for “sport.”

Sadly, trophy hunting is an activity that many wealthy people seem to enjoy. Just remember Donald Trump’s son. A person could be charged tens of thousands of dollars to hunt an animal such as one in the picture above. Just think of what those funds could do if they were used for species preservation instead of trophy hunting.

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is a writer, teacher and activist. She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Ali is also a fiction writer. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • danielle

    Ethics of killing these amazing animals aside (which I do not support) I would expect Ecorazzi to at least point out that local African governments are actually curbing poaching by educating local populations about the extrinsic value of these animals to westerners. Whether you agree with it or not, these are conservation measures implemented by local governments in Africa and they are working. Local populations are actually protecting game animals from poachers so that people who pay big bucks for hunting exhibitions can come hunt them. This money goes to the local economy and is very measured in number. While I agree that is it is a vile and despicable display of killing, this should be fodder for a larger dialogue about poaching and ways to stop that. I don’t see what this article positively contributes to the dialogue except just shock value, which is lame.

  • emanuelle

    These photos clearly illustrate a case of Compulsive Hoarding. The house has become defunct as anything other than a container for the “collecting”. Hoarders often don’t recognize that they have a problem without outside intervention. And hoarding is nearly impossible to overcome without behavioral therapy, because it’s caused by severe undiagnosed emotional distress.

    The endangered status of those animals actually promotes the “need” in a hoarder. It’s a shame this person didn’t discover something less catastrophic. I once encountered someone with a garage full of more than 150 classic cars of which not a single one could be touched, moved, or parted.

    Killing, collecting and displaying these live animals should carry legal consequences. Remove that cachet, and replace it with a prison sentence. It’s the only way to solve the myriad of obstacles they face for survival.