Storm over kissing couple posing with their Kalahari 'monster lion' kill

17 July 2019 - 12:48 By Iavan Pijoos
Canadians Darren and Carolyn Carter, who describe themselves as passionate conservationists, kissed as they posed with a lion they said they had shot while trophy hunting in South Africa.
Canadians Darren and Carolyn Carter, who describe themselves as passionate conservationists, kissed as they posed with a lion they said they had shot while trophy hunting in South Africa.
Image: Danny Clayton via Twitter

A private hunting outfit in South Africa has been drawn into a social media storm after a photograph emerged of a Canadian couple kissing next to the corpse of a lion they allegedly shot.

Darren and Carolyn Carter, from Edmonton in Alberta, posed with the lion while "trophy hunting in South Africa", according to The Independent.  

“Hard work in the hot Kalahari sun. A monster lion," the caption to the picture read.

The Independent said a second image showed the couple in front of another dead cat.

The image was initially posted on the website of Legelela Safaris, which specialises in big-game hunting trips in South Africa and neighbouring countries.

The website was offline on Wednesday.

TimesLIVE contacted Legelela Safaris on Wednesday to establish if it was aware of reports about the lion hunt, but was informed there would be "no comment at all".

The images have subsequently been widely shared on social media, drawing outrage from some quarters.

The founder of Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, Eduardo Goncalves, told The Independent that the lion may have been shot while trapped in an enclosure.

The Mirror reported that the couple owned a taxidermy business and described themselves as "passionate conservationists".

When approached for comment on the matter, they told the Mirror: "We aren’t interested in commenting on that at all. It’s too political.”


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