Target: Hristo Stoichkov
Goal: Condemn soccer star for participation in safari and big game hunts.
Hristo Stoichkov is regarded as one of Europe’s greatest modern athletes, which makes his appearance in trophy hunting photos all the more painful. Now 50, the former athlete has been seen in a variety of photographs from Mebenca safari park located in northern South Africa. Stoichkov can be seen posed with dead giraffes, bobcats, zebra, gazelle and a number of other big game.
Some of the photos have been removed from the website since the original outcry, and it is not entirely clear when exactly the photos were taken. What is clear, however, is the disillusionment many, especially Bulgarians, have faced upon seeing their idol so tainted. Stella Reicheva of the Bulgarian Animal Rescue Organization said to the Daily Mail, “for us he is a legend, but what he has done in Africa is sad and barbaric.”
Celebrities carry a lot of weight with their actions and statements; they influence many people. It is always sad to see people who are role models for younger generations engage in such behaviors as trophy hunting. With so many species flagged as endangered, this disregard is almost disgusting.
Tell Mr. Stoichkov that is hunts are despicable, that in the modern world there is no place for such barbarism. There is especially no reason to proudly display photographs of these murders on the internet for fans and impressionable young eyes to see. While there is nothing that can be done for the lives lost, it is not too late for the star to call off these hunts and think about the lives of these animals, and the future of their species over his own desire for entertainment.
Dear Mr. Stoichkov,
I am writing to express my disappointment in your choice of hobbies. Hunting big game for so-called “sport” is nothing to be proud of. It is a barbaric practice. To see a revered athlete such as yourself posing with your victims in photographs is, in a word, disgusting. Many of these animals face endangerment.
There is no sport in chasing down an animal whose species is already struggling to survive when so called “hunters” gun them down for something as petty as entertainment.
While the lives you have already taken cannot be replaced, and an apology is cold comfort, you can stop. Big game hunting is a farce, an outdated practice that serves no purpose but to gloat over cigars and overpriced booze, and for what? So that bragging rights can be claimed for being one of the many who speeds along the extinction of a species? Please, don’t buy into such greed. Please, consider the effect your hunts have on these animals and on the future of our planet and stop murdering them.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Inafrika