Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a ‘wretched coward who gives in to his violent tendencies’ – and is not as ‘fierce and strong’ as he claims, PETA says, after the AC Milan attacker was accused of shooting a captured lion and importing his skin, skull and jaw as a trophy
Animal rights group PETA has Zlatan Ibrahimovic as one ‘wretched coward giving in to his violent tendencies’ after being accused of shooting a captive lion in South Africa in 2011 before importing his skin, skull and jaw as a trophy.
Swedish outlet Expressing claimed that the AC Milan attacker, who often compared himself to the wild animal, was granted a hunting license and, less than a year later, shot the creature.
Lions are officially classified as ‘vulnerable’ by the Red List of Endangered Species for Conservation of Nature and the attacker has been heavily criticized in his home country.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been called a “ wretched coward who gives in to his violent tendencies ” by animal rights group PETA after allegedly shooting and killing a captive lion in 2011.
The 39-year-old has also been convicted by animal rights group PETA.
A statement by the American organization said: ‘Zlatan Ibrahimovic likes to call himself a lion, fierce and strong – but his pleasure in shooting lions and other animals proves that he is a miserable coward who gives in to his violent tendencies.
“It doesn’t take skill or strength to corner and shoot an animal in captivity that has never had a chance to escape, fight back, or survive.
“Anyone with a conscience would be shocked at the idea of killing animals for excitement or displaying their body parts – and Ibrahimovic must acknowledge this and reject the hunt for trophies.”
Ibrahimovic, 39, has a large roaring lion tattoo etched on his back (pictured above)
Hunting lions in South Africa is legal, provided proper permits have been issued.
As part of their explosive display, Expressen examined a total of 82 hunters from Sweden looking to take home a trophy.
They claim from a source that the lion shot by Ibrahimovic spent more than a year in an enclosure before being released – parts of the carcass were reportedly shipped to his home in Malmö.
The Swedish newspaper reached out to Ibrahimovic for comment, but received no response.
The former Manchester United and Barcelona forward has a large roaring lion tattoo engraved on his back.
PETA said anyone with a conscience would be shocked by the idea of killing animals for thrills and called on AC Milan striker to reject trophy hunting.
Those who hunt for trophies are said to choose top-tier animals, such as a lion, when they go on safari.
There are several organizations in Africa that offer the experience to wealthy people with an interest from abroad.
‘Canned’ hunting, in which an animal is placed in a closed area with no chance of escape, is prohibited in South Africa – but captive lion hunting is allowed.
A report from the International Fund for Animal Welfare says 1.7 million animals were killed for their trophy between 2004 and 2014.