British safari bosses selling death: Firms offer ‘menu’ of big game to be gunned down… for a price
Kill: Mr Sailor, who advertises trips to South Africa and Namibia, shows off a dead baboon on an expedition
- British hunters travel the world on shooting safaris which can cost
- So-called trophy hunters gun down species including lions and cheetahs
- Several British firms offer trips and advertise price lists of animals to kill
- Shooting of Cecil the lion has thrown a spotlight on the illegal industry
Hundreds of British hunters are fuelling a grisly industry of trophy animal killing, it was revealed yesterday.
The so-called trophy hunters travel the world on shooting safaris, which can cost £30,000 per person, to hunt species including lions, leopards and cheetahs.
Outrage over the American dentist who paid to shoot Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe has thrown a spotlight on the legal trophy hunting industry in countries including South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.
Several British firms offer the trips and advertise price lists of animals to kill, alongside macabre picture galleries of their grinning clients posing next to bloodied animal corpses.
British hunting enthusiast Adrian Sailor advertises trips to South Africa and Namibia offering hunting enthusiasts the chance to kill big game. And a £29,000 expedition offered by British firm Shavesgreen Safaris, run by hunting enthusiast Charly Green, is described as ‘the ultimate dangerous game safari’.
The company’s website says: ‘Lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, hippo and crocodile are all on the priority list.’ The firm, based in Lyndhurst in Hampshire, also offers a 16-day lion hunt in Tanzania with the boast: ‘There’s only one priority – a grand, old, maned lion.’
Pictures on Mr Green’s Facebook page showed the 34-year-old posing with an array of dead animals, including a beaver in Sweden and horned ibex in Spain. Approached by the Daily Mail, he refused to speak about his firm, or say if he thought killing lions was acceptable.
And on the Safari Hunter website, Mr Sailor, 48, stresses that he runs the site as a hobby, not as a business, although he is listed as the UK agent for Settlers Safaris.
He says he offers impartial advice as a free service, adding: ‘I will only send clients to professional hunters that I have had the experience of hunting with so I know what is available and what to expect.
Big game hunters: Two men shake hands over the body of a lion. So-called trophy hunters travel the world on shooting safaris, which can cost £30,000 per person, to hunt species including lions, leopards and cheetahs
‘Hunting has been my passion for many years. Nobody until now is offering the complete service of organising the hunting, taxidermy and trophy shipment. Whatever type of hunting you require, trophy hunting, management or cull hunts or even the Big Five, I can offer.’
The Big Five refers to lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo and rhinos, prized as the ultimate targets for hunters. Another company, The Hunting Agency, offers ‘dangerous game hunting opportunities’ on its website including a £26,000 14-day bull elephant trip to Namibia.
Its 2014 price list for Namibia has ‘trophy fees’ starting at £65 for a jackal and rising to £3,450 for a leopard or £2,200 for a cheetah, although it stresses that a cheetah could only be killed ‘by chance’. Prices for South Africa start at £65 for a baboon, porcupine or warthog, rising to £2,350 for a giraffe…