‘Thrill Kill’: New report explores the dark world of animal slaughter in the name of entertainment
Showing a complete disregard for sentient lives, thousands of animals are killed by 'sport' hunters each year. The report covers a series of troubling practices including killing contests, trophy hunting, rattlesnake roundups, and helicopter hunting. This is killing for the fun of it, plain and simple, and it must be stopped.
BORN FREE USA: Leading animal welfare and conservation non-profit Born Free USA has today launched Thrill Kill: Recreational Animal Slaughter in the U.S., a shocking new investigation into the dark and disturbing world of animal “thrill killing.” The report covers a series of troubling practices including killing contests, where hunters compete for huge cash prizes by killing as many animals as possible; trophy hunting, where individuals pay thousands of dollars to kill caged, critically endangered African wildlife on Texas ranches; rattlesnake roundups, where snakes are tormented, killed, and skinned in front of paying audiences; and helicopter hunting, where hunters use fully automatic weapons and crossbows to mass kill feral pigs and coyotes.
Showing a complete disregard for sentient lives, thousands of animals are killed by sport hunters in these ways each year. Texas’ laissez-faire regulations enable these egregious forms of hunting, making it the epicenter of thrill killing in the United States. The report focuses on the Lone Star State as a case study and reminds readers that many of these practices occur across the nation…
Said Born Free USA CEO, Angela Grimes: “This new investigation lays bare the abject and deliberate cruelty inherent in these pastimes and the joy taken in torturing and killing living beings. The animal suffering that we uncovered is on a scale that is difficult to comprehend and impossible to condone. This is not about population management or predator control, this is killing for the fun of it, plain and simple, and it must be stopped.”
As a result of the investigation’s findings, Born Free USA is calling for multiple reforms including statewide bans on killing contests across the country; a reconfiguring of rattlesnake roundups to promote kindness and respect for animals; removal of legal loopholes allowing helicopter hunting “experiences” to be sold to inexperienced hunters; and a relisting on the Endangered Species Act of species most impacting by U.S.-based trophy hunting. SOURCE…