I have previously expressed my surprise that people enjoy shooting animals in the wild. As an avid hiker and animal lover, I go to great lengths to see animals in nature but I fail to see why it is exciting or fulfilling to shoot some animal with high-powered rifle. These trophy hunters seem to want to collect these animals. Australian businessman, Nick Haridemos, appears to go further and pose with dead animals. A series of photos like this Twitter image were posted on social media and led to Haridemos being hounded out of Hellenic Club.
The pictures were highlighted by the Canberra Times. The dead baboon pictures were shared on Photobucket with a user’s comment of “Absolutely funny as hell!”
I find it creepy as hell. Haridemos was the Director and Vice-President of the Hellenic Club Board.
We previously followed the controversy over the shooting of “Cecil the Lion” by an American dentist Walter Palmer from Minnesota. What was most striking was the complete disconnect in how such kills are seen by hunters versus the public at large, as shown by the subsequent controversy of a Idaho hunter taunting animal advocates.
The change reflects a growing trend that we have also discussed as people are fired or disciplined by private entities for outrageous or obnoxious conduct.