A French couple have been forced to sell their supermarket franchise after photos of those who have been popping up in Africa on a large scale have been online, causing outrage.
Jacques Alboud and his wife Martine, who owned a Super U franchise in L & Armesle, near Lyon, were pictured years ago in Tanzania, standing above the corpses of lions, leopards, buffalo and hippos that they had shot. .
The images appear to have been available on social networks since they were made, but only came into circulation in France this week, calling on people to boycott their store and send their death threats.
Jacques (left) and Martine (right) Alboud are depicted next to a Tanzanian hunter who is only identified as Clinton holding a leopard's body while on safari
Jacques (left) and his wife participated in at least one safari, killing animals including hippos for tens of thousands of dollars
The images appear to have been available online since they were taken (Jacques's one with a buffalo dating from 2014) but only started circulating in France this week, which caused a stir
Even the parent company Super U spoke out against their activities and said the behavior: & in total contrast with the values that we defend.
& # 39; We condemn them even when it comes to private activities & # 39 ;, a spokesperson added.
The Super U group has officially committed to work on & # 39; better respect for water and terrestrial resources & # 39; all over the world.
On Tuesday, Super U announced that Jacques and Martine had the company with & # 39; immediate effect & # 39; would leave.
& # 39; Super You fully announce employees' private hunting safari activities, and announce that they will leave with immediate effect.
& # 39; Measures have been taken to support their employees and take over their stores & # 39 ;, a spokesperson added.
Martine (pictured with a crocodile) and Jacques started receiving death threats after the photos appeared, and was even convicted by the parent company of their own store
On Tuesday, it was announced that the couple (front right, with the body of a hartebeest) left their company & # 39; with immediate effect & # 39; will leave
Although Jacques and Martine (photo on the right) have not commented since the photos became public, a testimony from Martine on a safari website says & we will be back! & # 39;
Contacted by French media, the couple have refused to comment.
However, a testimony from Martine Aboud on the website of the Safari organizer says: & Thanks to Pierré van Tonder for his welcome and the perfect perfect organization of our safari in the wilderness of the Selous.
& # 39; Thanks to Clinton for his passion and patience with which I was able to make such a successful, beautiful and fun safari, with top leopard and top crocodile!
& # 39; We'll be back with Pierré and Clinton van Tonder! & # 39;
Pierre van Tonder Big Game Safaris offers a variety of hunting packages from $ 17,000 per person and goes up to $ 43,000.
Individual trophy prizes include $ 3,000 for a buffalo, $ 1,200 for a hartebeest.
Martine with the body of what looks like a waterbuck during one of her hunting trips
Jacques with an animal that appears to be a hyena, shot somewhere in Tanzania
A leopard murder costs the shooter more than $ 7,000, while hippopotamus costs $ 3,400 and crocodiles $ 3,800.
It is not known which hunting package the Albouds bought, but they are depicted with the bodies of all the animals mentioned above.
Hunting for big game in Africa is a very controversial topic, with animal activists claiming that the sport is cruel and devastating to wildlife.
However, pro-hunting groups say that their work – and especially the money invested in it – makes an essential contribution to the conservation of endangered African species.
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