Cowardice + Consumerism = Canned Hunting.

Via Karl Saliter
on Jan 27, 2012
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Lion Kill by bettyx1138

I’m very forgiving, but you’re seriously a jerk.

What's elephant death, when cash is on the line?

As a sculptor, my job is to create things that have never existed before. I love the work, and strive to build art that is new to the planet, sometimes making a piece in an afternoon, sometimes over the course of two or three years. People have different responses to my work. Some love it, and will spend thousands of dollars to call it their own. Some mock it and some vandalize it.

Once, a piece called “Stone Differential,” which had taken 50 hours to make, and another 30 to install, fell prey to some drunken teenagers in a public show in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rods were bent in all directions, in a haphazard way.

I know what it is like to have the people you created a gift for, literally spit on it. But nobody has ever stopped the existence of my sculpture. Nobody has ever shot at or killed one of my stone creations for temporary fun. People are doing that left and right, to the most powerful, stunning animals on the planet.

Never go up against a chameleon, when death is on the line! Image by Bound8

The elephant,


big cats,

and rhinos, are toast.

Chameleons can stay.


This morning, it’s really got my panties in a twist.

“If you want to be close to God, don’t murder his children.”

~Sri Dharma Mittra

Guess what you guys? Every creature on this planet is for sale.

Rights to its life belong to the guy with the money. Endangered? Protected? Pah!

Rhino by jnissa.

So I don’t really know how God feels when a white rhino meets Jerry, a New Jersey-based stock broker, takes a bull-market bullet from him, and then suffering, dies.

But if God has a clue, and studies have shown she most certainly does, she’s got to at least roll her eyes.

All over the planet right now, creatures like the rhino, the lion and the elephant are falling to “sportsmen” who wouldn’t know the first thing about how to track and find one on their cleverest day. They just buy the shot.

Cornell University Library

The Thing I

 respect and admire

 about Hunters is…

oh wait,

there’s  nothing.

So: every animal in existence is for sale. You can buy a “kill” of endangered species without any fuss. Money will slip you through all the laws and rules in just a sec. It’s like a carnival without any of the carnival-like qualities.

Check out the book, Dominion. Matthew Scully’s research undercover at a safari club convention in Las Vegas will break your heart and open your eyes. It is over, for any trophiable species. (I made the word up, work with me.) So if your head looks good on a wall, you are so f*cked.

The most visible proponents of animal “conservation” in many places are hunter advocates, who keep animals alive to broker their death when the money comes along.

(And a stunning amount of safari expenses are tax-deductible. Trophy room = ‘museum.’ Really.)

I find the rhino more noble than Jerry. There is a perfection in the beast, which the killer hiding behind his gun (and the backup guns all around him) lacks. I believe paying hunters are cowards and thieves. They hide under the strong arms of the professional hunter. They are stealing a false sense of virility, which they wear like the cheapest cologne on the planet. They don the fool’s grin, but not in a good way.

And as if that were not bad enough…

You can now just shoot your quarry while it is in a cage. 

The U.S. National Archives

Trying to find love and compassion for these sheep in wolves clothing has me seriously stumped. Any ideas, folks?

So New York People…

There’s a nice bit of lawmaking percolating right now. Two good, simple actions to take to abolish “Canned Trophy Hunting,” where these wizards go into large cages to shoot captive prey, are right here.


As if hunting in the wild isn’t cowardly enough, now people   are driving in to shoot caged animals by appointment.

If you live in NY, this one is a no-brainer.

                     If you know anyone in New York, please send them a link.

Three cheers to Nicole at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary for facebooking this to my attention.




About Karl Saliter

Karl is a circus artist sculptor writer miscreant gypsy, living in Mexico. He has written two novels, "Compassion's Bitch," and "Breakfast In A Cloud," and has published neither. He often feels as if he was born under a silver whale of a frisbee moon in the back of a red cartoon pickup truck. That careening down route 66 at speed, he leapt up into the cab, took the wheel, stuck his baby elbow out the rolled-down window, and that though the truck had awesome chrome mirrors, he never looked back. He hopes you frequently feel the same.


15 Responses to “Cowardice + Consumerism = Canned Hunting.”

  1. Linda Morelli says:

    Sent this to Gar and Hinde in NY so they can spread the word. I did go on safari with my grandson to Botwana, but only to LOOK! This is an outrage and shocking to learn that this practice exists anywhere in the world let alone our so called civilized society! Keep up the good works and the multiplicity thereof.

  2. joe hunter says:

    I've long had this fantasy of goi g into the wild with a rifle and actually hunting the hunters. I mean that would be technically fair, right?

  3. dylan clay says:

    So worried about a bunch of cats and donkeys and not worried enough about being CIVIL to your neighbors? We do not live in a civilized society! If we did, more people would worry about there homeless neighbor and less about some folks hunting in a game reserve. We live in a plutocratic society. Money talks in these times. These guys that go to hunt in a game reserve pay their way. Everyone defines life for themselves

  4. Jill Barth says:

    I posted this to the Elephant Green Facebook page. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. jjwaltersj says:

    When I lived in Alaska I had a friend who worked as a hunting guide for business type guys coming up from the lower 48. He made big money going out into the bush and locating a moose in a valley somewhere. Then he'd take his hunter in a big circle over hill and dale for a while and end up in the valley where the moose was, . . . bang! big hunter got his kill and a story for the boys in the board room. . . . it is phony as all hell , even as phony as the a holes who do it.

  6. maru says:

    "We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form" ~William Ralph Inge

    This reality is way to horrific to bear. I feel disgusted beyound words by the portion of the human race that can find any pleasure in destroying the life of beautiful and magnificent creatures. They are not only cruel, but coward and disconnected. I want to vomit.

    Thanks for writing about this Karl, it may help to spread the information and create awareness and the desire to stop yhis before is too late. Animals NEED us.

  7. Karl Saliter says:

    Thanks Maru, you are right as rain.

    “They are our brothers and sisters. And they are our inferior brothers and sisters. They fear violence, and they look to us for protection.”

    -Sri Dharma Mittra

  8. karlsaliter says:

    It sounds more fair than what is happening now! I could never do it though. It sounds like it would involve touching a gun.

  9. karlsaliter says:

    Dylan thanks for the feedback, it is good to have you participate. I agree with much of what you say.

    I applaud whatever you are doing for the homeless, and don't worry, concern for animal welfare will

    not stop anyone from taking actions to benefit people toward a more civil world. Its not either/or,

    but could be both, don't you think?

  10. karlsaliter says:

    Gracias Jill!

  11. karlsaliter says:

    Oy! I knew a buy-a- safari hunter guy once.

    He even had a trophy room.

    I had a lot of respect for him professionally, and as an artist.

    Then when he would start up about hunting, you could still feel the very powerful,

    charismatic energy he always had, but it became sorta

    revolting comic book character nightmareish creepy. But only sorta.

  12. karlsaliter says:

    You are right as rain on that, JJ. I would take pointing out the shortcomings of others over
    working on my own flaws any day. It is easy to condemn, as I sleepwalk, and compliment myself on my
    illumined state.

    That hunting from a plane game is horrible.
    We have a few people down here who offer a drugged jaguar cub for people to pose with for tourist photos.
    It will break your heart, if you let it.

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