This is the face of one of Britain’s most prolific trophy hunters. Asif Wattoo has killed beautiful animals all over the world. He then boasts about the “thrill” on social media.
Animals he has hunted for fun include zebras, African buffaloes, antelope and impala. He has also posed for dozens of pictures with giraffe carcasses.
Wattoo, who works for Thames Water, has been exposed by Eduardo Goncalves, founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting.
Mr Goncalves has shamed those killing animals for “sport” in new book Trophy Leaks: Top Hunters & Industry Secrets Revealed.
In one of Wattoo’s albums there are more than 50 hunting photographs showing his kills on trips to France, Pakistan and South Africa.
Wattoo, who lives in Berkshire, goes on jaunts with South African firm Umlilo Safaris.
The company offers “canned” lion hunts as well as shooting rhino, elephant, leopard, hippo and antelope. Canned hunting involves breeding thousands of lions on farms just to be shot by wealthy foreigners.
Writing on Facebook about one of his stalks with the company, Wattoo said: “We saw three nice Impala Rams, but my Professional Hunter knew exactly what I was after (Big and old RAM).
“The ram was quartering away so hit him a bit back but the bullet came out of the neck so you can image how much was he quartering away… he only ran about 10m and dropped.” In another grim read he talks about his hunt for the “perfect” head of a waterbuck, a type of African antelope.
He said: “I could’ve shot him at 80m but I wanted my first animal to be a full symmetrical/represented trophy.
“We waited for about 30min for my animal to stand up, and as soon as he stood up, BOOM straight in the chest, he only ran about 30m and dropped.” Wattoo added: “If you’ve hunted in Africa you know exactly how thrilling it is, but if you have not, I suggest you go soon (try Umlilo Safaris). “Only then you will know exactly what and how I am feeling right now.”
Campaigner Mr Goncalves has battled for years to ban the importation of hunting trophies to the UK. The Government is currently discussing the matter.
Mr Goncalves said: “Murdering defenceless animals for fun isn’t ‘sport’ – it’s sick. “The Brits who kill for thrills shame our country.
“Trophy hunting companies cater to the bloodlust of people from all walks of life. Huge numbers of animals are killed every year, including endangered species.
“This barbaric industry must be shut down for good.” Mr Goncalves’ book, which is out tomorrow, exposes many other hunters.
A Thames Water spokesman said the company did not comment on what their employees do outside of work. The Daily Star Sunday has contacted Wattoo for comment.
This article was first published by The Daily Star on 6 December 2020. Lead Image: Trophy hunter Asif Wattoo boasts about killing animals for the “thrill” of it (Image: Grab).
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