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Lewis Hamilton slams trophy hunter who killed endangered black giraffe
Image: @karmagawa/ Instagram

Lewis Hamilton has condemned the trophy hunting industry by sharing a post which exposes a woman who killed and endangered giraffe for sport. 

The vegan F1 champ posted an image on his Instagram story which showed a black giraffe which was killed by a trophy hunter in South Africa. 

The post condemns the Kentucky hunter for killing a species which is in drastic decline, with estimations populations have dropped 40 percent in 30 years, according to the Humane Society. 

The post quotes the hunter as saying: “Prayers for my once in a lifetime dream hunt came true today. Spotted this rare black giraffe bull and stalked him for quite a while. I knew it was the one.”

Hamilton promoted a comment from a page which blasted the hunter for making ‘decorative pillows and a gun case out of the giraffe and she also ate some of its meat’.

“She has shown absolutely no remorse for killing this beautiful creature,” the post said.

“Hunting a giraffe in South Africa is legal if it is pre-arranged with a game park. However, this story raises questions about giraffes being raised for trophies, especially given that there are less than 100,000 on the planet, and their population has dropped by 40% in the last 30 years.”

Activist

Hamilton regularly speaks out against animal abuse to his 12 million followers. He shared a post which condemned rhino poaching earlier this week. “We need to be clear that the demand for rhino horn is not only costing the lives of rhino, but also the lives of those who dedicate their lives to protecting them,” it said. 

And earlier this year he slammed the slaughter of whales and dolphins in a furious social media post.

The vegan athlete shared a disturbing image from Save the Reef which exposes the yearly killing of sea life in the Faroe Islands.

“This is so upsetting. How can you honestly do this to another being. Disgusted! #Repost@karmagawa,” he wrote.

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How are any of these humans just standing there thinking this is ok. This is not in anyway shape or form ok. This is disgusting and Denmark, you need to put a stop to this! #Repost @karmagawa ・・・ ⚠WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES⚠ IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN! Repost from @hugoclementk Yesterday, shooting for @francetvslash, I had one of the most difficult moments of my professional life. With @victor_peressetchensky and @seashepherdfrance we witnessed the killing of around 100 pilot whales in the Faroe Islands, the autonomous province of Denmark. These ultra-social and very gentle animals are protected by the Bern Convention on Wildlife. The Faroese eat dolphin meat and defend a tradition called "Grindadrap", which allowed their ancestors to survive in a hostile climate. Today, their supermarkets are full of food of all kinds, the population does not lack anything, but the dolphin hunting persists anyway. On average, 800 cetaceans are killed each year in the Faroe Islands. A few days ago, I plunged alongside @guillaumenery with pilot whales in the Mediterranean…They had been so curious, so welcoming. Complete report to follow in a few weeks — WE MUST END THIS ANIMAL CRUELTY NOW! Please share this important post and help the world see what’s happening here as once we spread enough awareness and there is enough public outcry then barbaric traditions like this will stop once and for all. Please share this post with your followers and tag people, celebrities and news media that need to see it and let’s get the word out to stop this cruelty from happening in the future! #endanimalcruelty #savethewhales #savethedolphins #karmagawa

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Published by Oli Gross

Oli Gross is a writer and editor at Totally Vegan Buzz. His background is in local newspaper and magazine journalism, and his work has included reporting court cases, celebrity interviews, business analysis, food and drink features and government legislation. Oli’s career and personal ethical values both help shape his reporting of the diverse world of veganism. At Totally Vegan Buzz he specialises in breaking news and features on animal rights activism. Follow him on Twitter @Oli_Gross12

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