November 27, 2021

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Kids being taught to kill in ‘sick’ hunting holidays dubbed ‘fun for the family’

A safari hunting company is offering family trips to kill animals – including zebras.

Packages include a Father And Son seven-night shooting break, plus family deals with lessons for children on how to kill.

A Father And Son trip costs £4,045 and gives the buyer a chance to shoot nine animals, including warthog and impala.

Thorndale Safari in South Africa opened its doors in 2001 and has many British clients.

But Eduardo Goncalves, of the Campaign to ban Trophy Hunting, said: “Encouraging children to kill living creatures for kicks isn’t just animal cruelty, it is child abuse too.

“Saying it is socially acceptable to revel in the thrill of the kill is the start of a slippery slope.”



Children are being offered the chance to kill zebras on family safari breaks, sparking anger

And the author of Undercover Trophy Hunter claimed: “Psychologists and criminologists have warned of a link between trophy hunting, domestic violence, and child abuse.

“Thorndale Safaris should be ashamed of promoting these sick ‘family fun’ hunting holidays.

“They should be banned from operating on our shores.”

One Briton told Eduardo, who was undercover, that he had clubbed rabbits to death while on a family hunting trip. Philip Jones told him: “I’ve run a group. My friends, my brother, and his family and children have gone there.”

He said of one outing: “We’ve had quite a few beers and gone out rabbit bashing as they call it, at night. They shine on a hare, rabbit or spring hare.



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“You chase, get out. Then you chase with a bit of wood. It’s a big thing out there.”

He also told of shooting a zebra, which ran off injured. It was found bleeding to death two weeks later.

Mr Jones told us: “The professional hunters I met at Thorndale carry out their work with care for all the animals.

“The zebra I intended to cull unfortunately did run off wounded after all efforts were taken to ensure this animal was dispatched quickly and as humanely as possible.”

He added: “Ensuring the correct animal is chosen and dispatched in a manner to avoid any suffering is our main aim.

“If an animal suffers due to our actions, then this certainly is not our intention.”

We have contacted Thorndale Safaris for comment.