POLL: Should the MOTV trophy hunting channel be closed down?

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My Outdoor TV (MOTV), an online channel that debuted last weekend in the United Kingdom and is already available in the United States, may sound like it celebrates nature and the great outdoors, but that is very far from the case.

No, the programming on MOTV – which costs $9.99 a month and is being dubbed the “Netflix of the hunting world” — includes trophy hunters on African safaris, killing threatened animals like elephants and lions. The hunters use rifles as well as bows and arrows, and viewers can watch as the animals suffer horrible deaths.

Another program, according to a Times article about MOTV, shows a hunter killing a critically endangered African elephant. “There’s no other feeling in the world quite like walking up on your bull elephant,” he says.

Walter Palmer poses next to rhino whilst on a previous hunting trip in Africa

A program called “Skull Bound” shows bow hunter Jana Waller killing animals around the world. The Times reports that in one episode, she shoots an African antelope, then waits for it to bleed to death. “It’s a good shot,” she says as the antelope takes its last breaths. “Definitely, some liver and some lungs hit.”

In this very disturbing sample that you probably don’t want to watch, hunters shoot and kill a lion.

MOTV was launched by Outdoor Sportsman Group, whose owner is American billionaire Stan Kroenke. The sports and real estate mogul also owns the Arsenal Football Club, Los Angeles Rams, Denver Nuggets and other sports teams.

The channel will show “ethical, fair chase hunting and as long as it’s legal it will be on there,” MOTV spokesman Simon Barr told the Times. “If you like hunting elephants, there will be legal elephant hunts, ethical elephant hunts, shown in that context.”

“Ethical elephant hunts?” It didn’t take long at all for outrage over MOTV to spread across the UK.

“We think Mr. Kroenke is out of touch with the way most people are thinking,” Chris Pitt, with the nonprofit League Against Cruel Sports, told BBC News. “We’re not in the old days when hunters went out to bag an elephant and put its head on the wall.”

The killing of Cecil the lion in 2015 – as well as his son, Xanda, last month – has shined an international spotlight on the cruelty of the “sport” of trophy hunting. Yet these hunters like to insist that what they’re doing is actually beneficial to animals and impoverished communities. They won’t admit they’re killing animals primarily for the thrill of it.

Here’s a good example: MOTV spokesman Barr told BBC News, “Hunting adds very good dollars into conservation and it is an absolute driver for keeping some of these endangered species alive, and that’s very, very important.”


Yeah, right. In reality, trophy hunting does little to help conservation.

“Most people won’t agree that trophy hunting is in any way ethical, and studies have debunked claims that most of the blood money goes towards supporting conservation,” Philippa King of League Against Cruel Sports told the Times. “I’m not sure in what way an idiot with a gun against an elephant is a fair chase.”

Kroenke is worth an estimated $7.5 billion, according to Forbes. Just imagine if he put some of that fortune to use helping endangered animals instead of promoting and making even more money off of sick people who want to kill them or watch them being killed.

This article was first published by Care2.com on 03 Aug 2017.


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Mark Jones

Not arguing for or against here, just a couple of things I’m not sure about: 1. Elephants never even came close to being a critically endangered species. In fact, there are many that will argue they should have stayed as vulnerable, and never been made endangered initially. 2. Trophy hunting has never caused the extinction or loss of population of any species. Actual hunting (in the old days) & poaching has and does. 3. You’re not being forced to watch this legal channel are you? So perhaps don’t watch it and you won’t be offended? 4. This hunter might be… Read more »

Barbara Steward

The sheer warped minds and wickedness of these ‘humans’ is unexplainable. What have the evil idiots done to this magnificent creature and why? Could they explain themselves?

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

trophy hunting is bloodlust at its worst and anything affiliated with this abomination should be shut down!!!

if you want to hunt, build a time machine and go back to the stone age, sadistic losers!!!

ScubaSuzyQ

YES. YES YES

mfrazier74@hotmail.com

The “kill animals in order to save them” argument really doesnt work any more. Its not about saving anything – its individuals who have more money (because trophy hunting is expensive) and want the thrill of killing another living creature! Perhaps a slaughter plant would provide the same “thrill”? The real thrill would be for these individuals to be set out in a wild place with NO gun or bow & arrow? Learn to exist without weapons! Real live competition – right?

Sara Leonard

Yes, of course. Never should have been allowed to be a thing.

Cherie Mazzenga

I hate this I don’t want to c people dead throphy hunting hate it

Nancy Peak Schweiker

Yes

Tonia Vassila

YES

Sue Lesmond
Sue Lesmond

The only good hunter is a dead one.Hunt the hunters! An eye for an eye!

Darren Matthews

We should be allowed to hunt Trophy Hunters and put their heads on walls and then see how much they enjoy it…after all they call it a sport

Cameron McElroy

Yes!

Marilyn Ashman

LOOK AT THOSE EFFING COWARDS!!. AS IF A RIFLE WASN’T ENOUGH, THEY USED A BOW INSTEAD TO CREATE EVEN MORE SUFFERING!!!. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE UNARMED TROPHY HUNTERS SAVAGELY HUNTED AND EATEN ALIVE BY LIONS AND HYENAS!!. THEIR TIME WILL COME!!

Gaye Horn

YES

Nadine Zimmer
Nadine Zimmer

Trophy hunters are sadistic cowards who are mentally ill. I cannot understand anyone who get pleasure from killing innocent beings who just want to live in peace. Trophy hunters would probably get the same “high” from killing humans, if it were legal. THIS IS VERY SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

george mira

Having recently been exploring television on wildlife and nature, I note that there is a peculiarly secretive and accumulative style to wildlife killing programs. As with youtube, heavily-armed groups of humans disingenuously stress the “danger” to themselves – while utterly ignoring that their targets, when spotted are almost sure to die. Even setting aside such farcical imbalance, the massive number of human hunters compared with remaining wildlife, should alert readers to the fact that even if only a tiny proportion of humans were allowed to hunt large animals, those animals would quickly be extinguished from the earth. The fallacious equation… Read more »

Janice McDonald
Janice McDonald

It seems like many are reverting backwards when all they desire is to kill a beautiful animal for fun. Stone age sound familiar? Why can we not share this planet w/all living creatures that God put on this earth. They are killing off many to the point of extinction and then what??? What will they do then, despicable!

george mira

No “god” did this complex mix of a eusocial primate whose brain is evolved to assess social status, perceived reciprocity, use deception, and become so good at deception and hidden strategizing to attain social status. Humans share coalition and group violence with two other close relatives, the baboon and the chimpanzee. We are not the only ones to plot, but we HAVE developed self-deception because we are so good at detecting purposeful deception. Behavioral and brains studies have recently proven this to be so. Stone-age humans unlike sedentary hierarchical societies, retains the recognition of other animals being just like ourselves,… Read more »

Heidrun Baar

SHUT IT DOWN.

Kathleen Colley

Why can’t someone in America take out WaterPalmer? They all have guns there, and if we all donate money to an animal activist site, I am sure we can fix this problem for good, without anyone being charged with murder. It’s a dream I have quite regularly!

george mira

The people who value the lives of other animals also value not killing for pleasure or revenge. If you desire to kill, you can find his address through many methods. The penalty, by the way , for conspiring to murder is similar to that for murder. I do not recommend that you indulge in vengefulness, as you will have to enlist some very complex and specious reasoning. Religions have arisen as a result of such hate and rationalizing violence. Tomorrow is the anniversary of a few who used suicide and mass homicide as methods of removing other humans who did… Read more »

M Leybra
M Leybra

What’s going on in Minneapolis?

Isabelle Fernandès

Oui (98%, 678 Votes)
Non (2%, 13 Votes)
Ne sait pas (0%, 0 Votes)
Nombre total d’électeurs: 691

Theresa Kemp

Stupid question really – we want this sadistic torture to end so why should we allow a TV channel which adores this for fun to be broadcast and groom others into the same vein

Norma Hurt

Yes ASAP like now. why would something like this horror have its on show. shut it down along with poaching.

Waltraud Zinner

Das muss verboten werden .

Felipe Ortega

oui

Bita Farahbod

Why these bunch of immoral psychopathic necrophiles get to have a chanel? We might as well give other necrophiliac sadistic psychopaths their own chanels too! Stop this madness and ban these cowards from destroying the last of these endangered lives NOW.

Tracy Whitcomb

WTF!!!! ASSHOLES!!!!!

Roland Mills

Yes !!!!

DeborahMae Broad

stupid question. ABSOLUTELY. shut it down

Constantino Aucca Chutas

DEmentes de mierda

Terttu Marin

Bastards!

Verona Petrou

YES.-

Annie Boulanger

Oui

Mary Fitzpatrick

YES AND KARMA.

Irene Broussard

heck yes

Roy Andrews

This is the same bastard who killed Cecil, the dentist Walter Palmer.

Meeche
Meeche

Trophy Hunting is so disgusting and to think some evil people think it is a sport – shame on them and shame on everyone who supports it – – these people rejoicing over killing a innocent lion is a disgrace to humanity!They have no conscience – they seem to think it is macho and something to brag about – anyone who brags about killing a innocent animal is not the type of person you want for a friend or neighbor!

Peggy Lane

YEP…ASAP…

Toortie Reckers

Hunt the hunters, they are evil and disgusting cowards

Joyce Barnes

yes

Barbara Bobowicz

no need to brag about senseless slaughter

Peg Coogan

Someone should shoot Walter Palmer

Nadia Bouzerdeb Saidi

Oui

Rikki Salty

when will this killing stop!

Andrea Helena Gabriela Beránková

Never until people will only complain on fb and do not support places which can keep animals save. Like this:

https://www.generosity.com/animal-pet-fundraising/rescue-of-cecil-kop-nature-reserve

Doreen Blacknick

Yes!

Lisa Rood

Yes!

Jacalyn Brown

ABSOLUTELY

Anne Grice

How many more despciable blood lusting sadistic psychopaths left on this planet? Rid the planet of these two legged PARASITES, send to dead planet do they can hunt each other. Earth is not for them!

Pamela Edwards

Disgusting people, disgusting show!

Jacqueline Anchondo

Hell yes!!!

Diana Davis

HELL YES IT SHOULD BE!