Many people are claiming they’ll never eat at Jimmy John’s restaurant again after photos surfaced that show the company’s owner posing with animals killed on various trophy hunting expeditions.
Full disclosure, what you’re about to see might be disturbing.
Business Insider reports that Jimmy John Liataud has visited Africa several times to take part in big game hunting. Animals he’s hunted include elephants, zebras, leopards and rhinos.Here, you can see Liataud posing with what Real Farmacy says is a ‘gravely endangered’ black rhino. The license Mr. Liataud purchased to kill the beast reportedly cost $350,000.
Between 2011 and 2014 alone, poachers killed a staggering 100,000 elephants. According to National Geographic, the beasts’ popularity among game hunters has brought them to the brink of extinction. Experts estimate that elephants could be completely extinct in Africa by 2020.
Oh look. Here’s another elephant he killed for fun. Are you aware that poachers ALONE kill 94 elephants a day? That’s far more elephants dying before they can even reproduce.
So how does it work? Well, usually the animals are lured from a national park on to private property. Trophy hunters will leave out bait, play the sounds of other animals to lure them in, or a few other tactics to find their animal victims. Canned hunting is even worse. It is the ‘shooting fish in a barrel’ version of trophy hunting.
The animals are often hand raised so they are tame and don’t run away. They leave food out for them one day, then some coward creeps up and shoots them with a high powered bow or rifle. Sometimes they don’t even have to creep. Sometimes they just shoot them from the back of a truck then go back to drinking their Gin & Tonic like it was just a bit of harmless fun.
Part of the infuriating thing about this behavior is the fact that people like Jimmy have the audacity to call themselves ‘Conservationists’ and claim that their trophy hunts benefit conservation and local communities. REAL conservationists give their time and money WITHOUT insisting on killing something in return.