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Infamous Lion Hunter Slipped, Plummeted 100 Feet During Hunt

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Infamous Lion Hunter Slipped, Plummeted 100 Feet During Hunt

A man who offended a lot of people online by posting various photos to Instagram, of the beautiful, particularly rare and elegant animals he took the lives of, has himself passed away.

Luciano Ponzetto, 55, passed away after slipping on ice, and plunging 100ft to his passing while hunting. He was hunting birds in Turin, Italy, and fell into the ravine in Colle delle Oche.

An Italian police spokesperson confirmed his passing, saying to the Sun: “We were called by the mountain rescue services who had been alerted to the incident by someone who was out with him.”

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After repeatedly posing with the lifeless victims of his hunting, he received multiple death threats, that he was going to take legal action to pursue according to his threats.

“His body was recovered by helicopter and taken to a local hospital. It looks like he slipped and fell when he was out hunting. He died instantly and there was nothing that could be done,” the police spokesperson continued.

He was a vet, and he has repeatedly claimed being a vet is not in fact “incompatible with hunting, either morally or professionally.”

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This situation, as you could predict, has some people reacting in a way that is not remorseful of his passing.

In my opinion, wishing ill upon other people in general is something that can lead to a “corrosive attitude,” if that makes sense. Avidly celebrating any loss of life can’t be healthy, but nevertheless, people who love lions and other animals are sure to not empathize with this situation very much.

The offensive thing this person did was take the lives of particularly special, possibly even endangered animals. Hunting makes more sense if there is, for instance, a massive population of deer and there are so many that cars accidentally hit them all the time, like in Central Texas.

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It becomes vain and obscene to people when the game being hunted includes lions, beautiful massive goats, and creatures that many would rather pet and enjoy the company of than take their lives.

This story continues a pattern of various people doing essentially the same thing, taking the lives of particularly elegant or rare animals and then posing with them smiling, not a hint of empathy, like they are blank in their emotions.

A lot of people get offended to the point of wanting to issue death threats to the people who post these pictures, and the offended range from people who do believe in some hunting, to people who are vegan.

This is common sense, but it’s slightly tasteless the way this story would go viral because obviously people are thinking it’s karma or something along those lines. All in all, nothing about this situation is happy. The man took a lot of lives of gorgeous animals who actually need the opposite of that treatment in this world right now, and now he’s gone as well.

Hopefully people will see the entire situation as sad rather than tapping into a hateful feeling. It’s not difficult to understand why people would feel that, however.

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Adam Goldberg is a researcher and writer from New York. His topics of interest include mapping out the world's nefarious powers and entities, DARPA, technocracy, and others.

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