France's news in English

Editions:  Europe · Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES: French supermarket managers sacked over safari hunting snaps

Share this article

WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES: French supermarket managers sacked over safari hunting snaps
Photo: AFP
08:45 CEST+02:00
It was meant to be a trophy picture, showing their success on safari, but the photo of a French couple posing beside a lion they had shot ended up costing them their jobs.
Managers of a supermarket in L'Arbresle, a small town in eastern France, the pair had in 2015 taken part in a so-called captive hunt that involves shooting at animals kept inside an enclosed area. 
   
Such a set-up virtually guarantees a kill for private trophy hunters. 
   
But when pictures spread on social media of them posing with guns next to the corpse of a lion, a hippopotamus, a zebra, an alligator and a leopard, it sparked a backlash.
 
   
Faced with a growing chorus of online abuse as well as calls to boycott the SuperU grocery store that they ran, the couple finally decided to step down on Tuesday evening, the U cooperative said. 
   
"These images go against the values and commitments upheld by the U retail cooperative. We firmly condemn them, even though they relate to private activities by the supermarket owners," it said in a statement.
 
   
"In light of the condemnation raised by these activities within the cooperative and the legitimate emotion among the public, the shop's managers have decided to immediately leave the chain and their shop in L'Arbresle."
   
Copies of the incriminating photographs were released by "30 Millions d'Amis", a French animal welfare charity whose name means "30 million friends" but it was not immediately clear how they first emerged. 
 
The company pledged to bring in new managers and said the SuperU shop would reopen on Thursday. 
 
Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

 

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Boggy - 11 Jul 2019 10:22
Good.The cretins.
Nick-nack - 11 Jul 2019 11:19
I would love to meet this couple. They must be completely out of touch with the reality of what they do. Fascinating to hear how they thought that killing wild animals (other sentient creatures like humans) for 'sport' was acceptable, never mind admirable. Clearly very warped humans. It would be quite shaming on the human race except most people find it equally abhorrent
Daniela - 12 Jul 2019 23:36
Wonder how they would feel being hunted and gunned down in cold blood. If what they say is true "what goes around, comes around" I would be very scared if I were them.
This couple disgust me.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.