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The British hunter defends the couple who kissed above the body of a lion they had just shot

A British trophy hunter has defended a couple who kissed in a photograph as they knelt behind a lion they had just killed in South Africa.

Photos of Darren and Carolyn Carter, from Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, pose furious indignation among animal lovers and conservationists after ending a hunt.

The majestic creatures have been considered vulnerable since 1996 and their population has fallen by 43 percent in just 20 years.

But Carl Knight has claimed that hunters don't have to explain & # 39; armchair conservationists & # 39; who & # 39; know nothing about Africa & # 39 ;.

Mr. Knight told it to express: & # 39; This is not (The Lion King & # 39; s) Mufasa or Cecil (the lion killed in 2015 that attracted international media attention), this is an animal that was bred like a cow, a sheep or a crocodile hat it was grown for meat and skin. & # 39;

Photos of Darren and Carolyn Carter, from Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, kissing while kneeling behind a lion they had just killed in South Africa, aroused indignation among animal lovers and conservationists

Photos of Darren and Carolyn Carter, from Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, kissing while kneeling behind a lion they had just killed in South Africa, aroused indignation among animal lovers and conservationists

But British hunter Carl Knight (photo), who lives in South Africa, has argued that the response comes from & # 39; armchair conservationists & # 39; who & # 39; know nothing about Africa & # 39;

But British hunter Carl Knight (photo), who lives in South Africa, has argued that the response comes from & # 39; armchair conservationists & # 39; who & # 39; know nothing about Africa & # 39;

But British hunter Carl Knight (photo), who lives in South Africa, has argued that the response comes from & # 39; armchair conservationists & # 39; who & # 39; know nothing about Africa & # 39;

Wildlife charity Free born has repeatedly practiced the & # 39; canned hunt & # 39; condemned, as described by Mr. Knight, who sees more than 8,000 lions breeding and is kept exclusively at 200 breeding facilities in South Africa.

Tourists can pay to take selfies with lion cubs or to walk with younger animals before being transferred to & # 39; hunting habits & # 39; where they cannot escape.

Hunters then pay to kill them in these facilities, which is much easier than following the wildlife.

Speaking of the practice on her website, Born Free said: “The animals have been used to humans from an early age, often through hand rearing and bottle feeding, so they are no longer naturally afraid of people, making them easy targets for a gun or a bow when it comes to hunting.

& # 39; The international community has called on South Africa to shut down the canned hunting industry and the commercial predatory fish industry, many hunting organizations condemn the practice and even the South African government recognizes that the industry is not contributing to conservation of wildlife and is fully profit-oriented. & # 39;

Mr Knight has his own hunting company, Take Aim Safaris, which he claims has not been affected by negative media attention in recent years.

He told the Express: & # 39; The money these customers have paid for this lion is desperately needed in poverty-stricken South Africa. & # 39;

Mr. and Mrs. Carter participated in a tour organized by Legelela Safaris when they shot and killed at least two lions.

He claimed & # 39; this is an animal that was bred like a cow, a sheep or a crocodile hat that is bred for meat and skin & # 39; - condemned Born Free a charity organization for wildlife

He claimed & # 39; this is an animal that was bred like a cow, a sheep or a crocodile hat that is bred for meat and skin & # 39; - condemned Born Free a charity organization for wildlife

He claimed & # 39; this is an animal that was bred like a cow, a sheep or a crocodile hat that is bred for meat and skin & # 39; – condemned Born Free a charity organization for wildlife

The tour operator regularly shares snapshots of dead animals with proud hunters, often grinning as they raise their guns, on their Facebook page.

Under the kissing photo they wrote: & # 39; Hard work in the hot Kalahari sun … well done. A monster lion. & # 39;

Other photos show the same pair for another dead lion, caption: There is nothing like hunting the king of the jungle in the sand of the Kalahari.

& # 39; Well done for the lucky hunter and the team … & # 39;

The couple who run a taxidermy company have described themselves as & # 39; passionate conservationists & # 39; despite participation in yachts, the Mirror.

Eduardo Goncalves, the founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, believes the lions were caught and bred for the sole purpose of being killed by hunters.

He added: & # 39; This couple should be totally embarrassed, not show up and snarling at the camera & # 39; s. & # 39;

Legelela Safaris charges £ 2,400 for giraffe hunting and £ 2,000 for zebras. They also offer hunting for leopards, elephants, rhinos and lions.

The news comes after environment minister Michael Gove said he wants to ban big-game hunters from bringing trophies back from their murders.

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