Norwegian company fires U.S. executive amidst rising public sentiment against trophy hunting

By on January 13, 2020 with 11 Comments

Public disapproval of trophy hunting and the havoc trophy hunters wreak on the world’s endangered and threatened wildlife is on the rise, both here in the United States and around the globe. We recently saw a striking example of this in play when a Norwegian company with offices in the United States fired a high-level executive, after a website revealed he had trophy hunted a lion and posted a photo that showed him posing with a gun next to the dead animal.

The California-based Lost Coast Outpost reported that under an hour after they reached out to Nordic Aquafarms about the trophy hunt, which was revealed by a blog in 2015, executive vice president Marianne Naess emailed back announcing that the company was terminating their relationship with the trophy hunter, hired just a few days earlier.

“We take any concerns regarding our values or stewardship of natural resources very seriously and therefore we had no choice but to terminate our relationship,” Naess told the Outpost in an email.

Trophy hunters, although a small and declining group, have treated the world as their bloody playground for so long simply because they are typically wealthy and well-connected, with the ability and influence to affect political decisions on wildlife conservation, including here in the United States. Fortunately, the times are changing. In recent years we’ve seen other companies—such as Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, GoDaddy and Flagstar Bank—disassociate from executives whose “hobby” is to kill some of the world’s most prized wildlife.

Nations too are moving to crack down on trophy hunting. The Netherlands, Australia and France have in recent years prohibited the import of hunting trophies, and just last month, the United Kingdom government proposed a ban on all trophy imports. The House of Commons introduced a motion in support of the proposed ban, noting strong support across party lines as well as a whopping 86 percent support from the British public for an end to trophy hunting. If adopted, it would be the most progressive and comprehensive measure in the world to restrict the international trade in hunting trophies.

A growing number of scientists, economists and conservationists have raised their voices to both refute the outdated notion that trophy hunting is an acceptable and useful conservation tool and to call trophy hunting what it is: an immoral and unethical practice that is responsible for the population decline of many wild animals.

Taking a stand against trophy hunting is vital, because our planet is now in the midst of an unprecedented level of human-induced exploitation. Over one million species of wild animals and plants are inching toward extinction and the main driver is direct exploitation. We cannot, as a society, sanction and approve of a practice that is rooted in the desire to kill rare and vulnerable species for fun. There is cause to celebrate the progress made against trophy hunting, even as we keep up the momentum for the day when this practice is banned the world over.

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  1. ANN DREDLA says:

    HURRAY! HURRAY! HURRAY! HSUS folks…..YOU ROCK!!!!! THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO.

    • Dolores Phifer says:

      Is there a list of those companies who still kept their trophy hunting employees?

      This needs to be published, as well
      I will boycott them as well.

      I was shocked by that female veternarian who bragged about her thophy hunting success. She took an oath not to intentionally hurt an animal.

  2. Alan Alejandro Maldonado Ortiz says:

    Ya basta de tanta crueldad solo por diversión

  3. John Souglides says:

    It’s time for people to recognize All Lives Matter. Well done to those who support life, congratulations to all who appreciate life. It’s time for humanity to take responsibility and treat life with the most highest respect. All Lives Matter.

  4. Elizabeth Rigolosi says:

    Stop killing these beautiful animals. Let them live in peace.

  5. Gloriya says:

    Trohpy hunting is finally having that #metoo moment. It’s only a matter of time before the elitist hunting groups get exposed. They are the ones you speak of — They sport around in their private planes and have fur wearing B*tches along for the ride who are just as narcissistic as they are. It’s gonna be a beautiful day when they are outed and scorned.

  6. JMB says:

    Those who get gratification and enjoyment from killing of wild animals apparently suffer from a mental disorder. It would be in their own best interest and the best interest and safety of the public in general if authorities required them to have regular psychiatric checks.

  7. James d ross says:

    If all lives matter, what about late term abortion? Save animals but kill babies! Talk about hypocrisy. Food for thought. Regards

  8. Lisa Scharin says:

    I would like to tell anyone reading this that there is going to be A WORLD WIDE RALLY TO END TROPHY HUNTING ON FEBRUARY 8TH-PLEASE FIND ONE NEAR YOU AND ATTEND!!! THIS WILL BE COINCIDING WITH THE SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONALS CONVENTION GOING ON IN RENO NEVADA.
    I also was surprised to see Jimmy Johns mentioned-since Jimmy John IS a trophy hunter and I have signed petitions urging him to STOP and I DON’T go there to eat-besides-I’m a Vegan so I don’t want ANY animal killed for humans-period!!!!

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