Monday, August 3, 2015


People that kill for the fun of it (pleasure) are psychological deviants and in many cases labeled as serial killers.

The behavior of "trophy" hunters; those who kill some of our most majestic wildlife for pleasure and/or notoriety are remarkable similar to those of serial killer;

Serial killers enjoy prolonging the suffering of their victims as it gives them a sense of power over the victim. They get to decide whether, and how, the victim will live or die.

They have a belief that “the power to cause pain is the only power that matters, the power to kill and destroy, because if you can’t kill you are always subject to those who can” (Card). 

Killing is usually the only way they can achieve those feelings of empowerment.  They think that killing the victim, usually in some sort of a ritualistic manner.

Serial killers must continuously kill simply because they are addicted to the feelings they get when they do. They also rationalize every aspect and detail of their behavior so there is no reason in their head as to why they should stop. 

 Most serial killers, and psychopaths in general, are “consummate chameleons” who are able to hide their rage and true intentions behind a charismatic, civilized fa├žade called the “mask of sanity”  Psychopaths are amoral and though they knowing the difference between right and wrong, they do not care and lack feelings of remorse or guilt. They tend to objectify their prey and treat them as if they were objects. They don’t know how to have sympathy  because of their psychopathic nature, but they do know how to simulate it by observing others.

Most serial killers are highly charming and persuasive, but it is only a manipulative act.  Their killings are material symptoms of the combination of their lifelong habits and personal motivations and fears.  

Two of these killers that made headlines this week are doctors who obviously don't take their professional oath to "do no harm" seriously when it comes to living creatures outside their offices. 

The tourist who paid thousands of pounds to kill one of Zimbabwe’s most cherished lions has been identified as an American dentist.Authorities in Zimbabwe say Walter Palmer, from Minneapolis, paid a $55,000 (£35,000) bribe to wildlife guides to allow him toshoot the lion, named Cecil, with a crossbow.

The 13-year-old animal was found beheaded and skinned near the Hwange National Park, where he was beloved by tourists and local residents alike.

Dr Palmer, who is described as an “experienced general and cosmetic dentist” on his practice’s website, is married with two children. His professional biography describes his enjoyment of “outdoor activities”, adding: “Anything allowing him to stay active and observe and photograph wildlife is where you will find Dr Palmer when he is not in the office.”

On July 1, Cecil the lion was allegedly lured out of a protected national park by hunting bait — a dead animal being dragged by a Jeep — as two of Palmer’s companions used a spotlight to focus on the majestic animal while he aimed his bow and arrow at the animal.

After it was shot, the bleeding lion was then tracked for 40 hours, before it was eventually shot and killed by Palmer’s group. The animal was then beheaded, and skinned, with the remains left behind.

The hunter hunted: American dentist who paid $55,000 to kill Africa's most famous lion goes into hiding and says he 'did nothing wrong' as Zimbabwe police demand to speak to him

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The lion hunter's house of horror: Dentist 'wanted to show off Cecil in special shrine, which contains than than 50 animal heads'

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Walter Palmer, the despised hunter who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, has a special ‘hunting shrine’ where he is believed to display the heads of more than 50 animals he has killed from across the world.

And neighbours say the building – on a 650-acre plot the dentist owns in rural Minnesota – is where Cecil’s head was destined to be mounted.

The brazen dentist has also kitted out the taxidermy showroom with a drinks bar where he sits and admires his handiwork and has pals over to visit so that he can show off the spoils of his hunting trips.

On show are local elks, deer, moose and bears alongside his collection of exotic African animal kills.   

Past conquests: Kimmel showed the audience photos of Dr Palmer posing with his other wildlife trophies, including another lion he killed some years ago 

Unfortunately the good doctor is not alone but only one of a group of similarly deranged and wealthy individuals; most often members of the notorious 1%, who pay vast amounts of cash to satiate their desire for power/control and derive pleasure slaughtering magnificent creatures of the wild.   

Every year, trophy hunters kill thousands of exotic wild animals, representing hundreds of different species, in foreign countries, primarily in Africa. They prefer to kill the most beautiful, the biggest and the rarest.

Wealthy trophy hunters pay big bucks to local cash-stripped governments for permits that grant them a choice of which animal to kill—Donald Trump’s two sons just killed several wild animals, including a giraffe and an elephant in Zimbabwe. The list of “huntable” species is usually very long and includes more common species such as impala, black bears, common zebra, giraffes, and baboons, but also endangered species such as elephants, leopards and white rhinos (the Western African black rhino was recently officially declared to be “extinct”).

There is also no regard for species protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) such as the African elephant or leopards. In fact, the more rare the animal, the more thrill to kill for the “big game” hunters, and the higher the price for the permit.

Competition and Bragging rights
Trophy hunters do not care about conservation, the struggle for survival of many animals. What they care about is killing the biggest and the best, and bringing home full trophy mounts or body parts. Heads, horns, tusks, and other body parts of most of these animals are legally, and sometimes illegally, imported as trophies to the United States by the hunters.

Trophy hunting hurts conservation
The mantra of trophy hunters is that their killing “benefits conservation”, but not only are individual animals brutally sacrificed, trophy hunting poses a significant threat to the very survival of African lions. Similarly, considering that African elephants are already endangered— by some estimates facing extinction in 50 years—it is ludicrous to argue that trophy hunting benefits elephants.

The ESA allows importation of endangered species only for scientific research, enhancement of propagation, or survival of the species. However, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), which implements the ESA, has broadly interpreted the term “enhancement” to include trophy hunting of protected species, and trophy hunters often take advantage of the loopholes to find ways to take “their trophies” across the U.S. border, under the guise of scientific research and other permits for exemption.

In 1997, Kenneth Behring, millionaire, trophy hunter and former president of the Safari Club International (SCI), paid the government of Kazakhstan to allow him to shoot an endangered Kara Tau argali sheep, of which only 100 individuals were left. He then donated $100 million to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and solicited the help of the museum for an import permit. A public outcry ensured and USFWS withdrew the permit. This is not an isolated case and the reality is that many museums have been involved in facilitating the killing and import of endangered species by trophy hunters in the past.

The Safari Club International (SCI)
Trophy hunting is an elitist hobby for those excited to pay tens of thousands of dollars for a safari with the goal of killing a beautiful, large or rare exotic animal. Many trophy hunters are members of powerful and wealthy organizations such as the Safari Club International (SCI), which promotes competitive trophy hunting throughout the world, even of rare and sensitive species, including in cowardly “canned hunts”, through an elaborate awards program.

Killing contests
SCI members kill particular species of animals to win so-called ‘Grand Slam’ and ‘Inner Circle’ titles. The list of macabre ‘contests’ include the Africa Big Five, (leopard, elephant, lion, rhino, and buffalo); the North American Twenty Nine (all species of bear, bison, sheep, moose, caribou, and deer); and the Antlered Game of the Americas, among many other contests. SCI members take short cuts in their hurry to beat competitors by killing captive and defenseless animals in canned hunts, both in the United States and in other countries. Corruption and unethical behavior is rampant in this bloodthirsty competition. “Hunters” lure animals to their guns with bait, shoot them from helicopters or vehicles with spotlights, or in or near national parks. There are 29 awards in all, and in order to win all of them, at the highest level, a hunter would have to kill 322 animals of different species or subspecies.

The “Holy Grail” for SCI members
The “Holy Grail” for SCI members is the club’s record book, a three-volume compendium of thousands of pages listing names of who killed what animal, where and when. The list spans more than 1,100 species, some of which have since become extinct. Meticulous scores and rankings are recorded for the biggest tusks, horns, antlers, skulls and bodies, with photographs of grinning men and women posing with their high powered rifles or archery gear next to dead animals, often holding the animals heads up to display their “prize”.

SCI contributes large sums to mostly Republican candidates, and supports those who are eager to help further the club’s shameful agenda to weaken and to circumvent the intent of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and to legally import once-banned trophies of endangered and threatened wildlife.

Examples of the SCI’s efforts to derail wildlife protection include fighting a current petition to protect the African lion under the ESA. Along with the National Rifle Association (NRA), SCI intervened with a law that directed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the Northern Rocky Mountain wolves from the endangered species list. In 2007, SCI testified at a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service hearing opposing the proposed listing of polar bears as a “threatened” species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

The SCI continues to create and feed a culture glamorizing death and violence globally, across political lines, international borders, and against wildlife and even people. Fortunes are made on the back of millions of animals whose lives are taken by trophy hunters for the sake of killing in an endless spiral of competition.

And while most empathic people prefer to simply watch these magnificent animals, already struggling to survive in human-dominated landscapes, trophy hunters fulfill their lust to kill the largest animals and the most exotic animals to rack up SCI awards. Underlying these actions are futile efforts to transcend weak character, arrested emotional development, narcissism, sexual perversion, anger and finally, a misguided attempt to overcome their own disconnect to nature.

It's encouraging to see that the hunters are now being hunted; 

A second American has been named in a growing big game poaching investigation in Zimbabwe.

Pennsylvania Dr. Jan Casimir Seski, 68, is accused of killing a lion in an illegal hunt in April and his guides have been arrested in the African Country.

Dr. Seski has been pictured online with a series of dead animals including elephants, hippos, zebras, ostriches, impala and water buffalo. An online hunting club claims he has killed six elephants.

It comes a week after Africa's most famous lion Cecil was killed by Minnesota Dentist Dr. Walter Palmer in early July, sparking international outrage.
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Hunter and prey: Dr. Seski poses here with a hippo he killed 'with one shot.' Hippos are quickly dwindling because of hunters who kill them for sport

A British banker who shot a lion on a ‘trophy hunting’ holiday should be stripped of his knighthood, animal rights campaigners demanded yesterday.

Tory donor Sir David Scholey, a former director of the Bank of England, posed by the bloodied corpse of a male lion he apparently shot for fun in Zambia – and even defended the killing.

Photographed in semi-darkness, apparently soon after the hunt, the millionaire leaned back against the dead animal’s body, while a wound on its side oozed blood.

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Trophy: Tory donor Sir David Scholey, a former director of the Bank of England, posed by the bloodied corpse of a male lion he apparently shot for fun in Zambia – and even defended the killing

'You're gonna have so much more to be p****d about': Idaho huntress taunts the world post-Cecil by boasting about killing 'an old giraffe' and warns 'haters' there's MORE to come 

  • Sabrina Corgatelli, a university accountant from McCammon, is firing out updates from South Africa trip

  • Quarry so far includes giraffe, impala, kudu, warthog and wildebeest, likely to attract kill fees approaching $10,000

  • Despite tide of criticism from opponents, she has remained defiant, posting images mocking her 'haters'

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Quarry: Sabrina Corgatelli, a keen huntress from McCammon, Idaho, uploaded this image of her posing over a giraffe she shot, one of a stream of unrepentant images of her South African hunting trip