BRITISH trophy hunters are targeting “at risk” zebras and then posting sick photos of their kills on Facebook, it has been revealed.
Many pose with their “trophy” grinning while on these trips to South African safaris for cheap thrills.
Andy Denson, one of the tour operators, shared a sick snap of his souvenir hunt on his Facebook page.
Pete Livesey smiles next to the bleeding zebra in another image that will horrify any animal lover.
On the Huntershill Safaris website Mr Livesey wrote about his experience trophy hunting.
He said: “Never had so much fun with my pants on.”
Zebras are classified as vulnerable on the International Union of the Conservation of Nature’s red list of threatened species.
These mammals appear to be one of the most popular trophies for British hunters.
Hundreds of body parts have reportedly been hauled back to the UK in recent years.
It is currently not illegal to hunt on the South African plains.
Government ministers are currently pushing to ban the import of trophy hunt parts.
Zac Goldsmith, animal welfare minister, told The Sunday People: “I look at the photos and it turns my stomach.”
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He’s pledged a consultation on stopping the import of animal parts in hopes to stop the sick trade.
Carrie Symonds, the Prime Minister’s girlfriend, has actively campaigned against trophy hunting.
In her first speech since Boris Johnson became PM, she said: “A trophy is meant to be a prize.
“Something you’re awarded if you’ve achieved something of merit that requires great skill and talent.
“Trophy hunting is not that. It is the opposite of that. It is cruel, it is sick, it is cowardly and I will never, ever understand the motivation to do it.”
Mr Denson is one of the country’s top taxidermists – turning the trophy’s bodies into stuffed figures to be hung on the walls.
The 55-year-old from Padiham, Lancs., is also helping to set up trips for trophy hunting and is currently listed as the UK agent for Thaba Thala Safaris, which is popular with Brit hunters.
Mr Denson boasts about being a taxidermist for 25 years and adds he “loves hunting but loves hunting alongside my son even more”.
On his website he adds: “For the past 25 years I’ve provided a full taxidermy service mounting birds, mammals and specialising in deer, African and exotic shoulder and pedestal mounts from my studio in Padiham, Lancashire.
“I have been glad to see my son follow in my footsteps to become a very well respected professional hunter and fisherman taking clients out to fulfil their African dreams.”
His site offers trophy hunters the option to taxidermy a zebra for £900.
Mr Denson told The Sunday People: “I promote my deep-sea fishing business in South Africa through Thaba Thala Safaris.
“I do not hunt endangered animals and never will.”
He has since deleted hunting images from his Facebook page and has taken down his website.
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Eduardo Goncalves of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting The Sunday People said there needs to be a ban on imports for trophy hunt parts.
He said: “The Government should ban imports of hunting trophies and call on other countries to join it.
“It’s the only way to end this evil trade.”
The Sun Online contacted HuntersHill and Thaba Thala safari for comment.
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