An Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner has resigned amid severe criticism and public outrage after sharing photos of himself posing with a family of dead baboons, including little babies he killed while on a hunting expedition in Africa recently. Blake Fischer posed, smiling in front of a disturbing family portrait of four baboons – the smallest one, a baby with its head bent backwards and blood coming out of its abdomen where it had been shot.
Fischer bragged about killing the baboons as a way of introducing his wife to trophy hunting; stating in one of the emails he sent to friends:
“First day she wanted to watch me, and ‘get a feel’ of Africa. So I shot a whole family of baboons. I think she got the idea quick… After we left all of the animals in Africa that were still alive we [sic] pretty happy we were on a plane headed home.”
According to the Idaho Statesman, Blake Fischer and his wife shot at least 14 animals while on safari in Nambia. The public backlash prompted Governor C.L. ‘Butch’ Otter’s office to look into the situation as Fischer’s judgment has been called into question. In addition to killing the family of baboons, he and his wife also killed a giraffe, leopard, impala, sable antelope, waterbuck, kudu, warthog, gemsbok and eland.
Governor C.L. ‘Butch” Otter had asked for Fischer’s resignation. According to CNN, the governor stated Fischer had not exercised good judgment. Former Commissioner Fred Trovey criticized Fischer as having violated hunting ethics describing the kill in such an egregious manner. At least seven other commissioners shared their concerns.
“I have high expectations and standards for every appointee in state government. Every member of my administration is expected to exercise good judgment. Commissioner Fischer did not,” Governor Otter wrote.
Fischer admitted he indeed had not displayed “an appropriate level of sportsmanship and respect for the animals…” He has since apologized.
And although it is legal to hunt baboons in Africa, that doesn’t make it right. In addition, it is regarded as poor judgment for hunters to photograph and vividly describe their dead trophy animals within the scope of people who do not hunt. What can anyone say – even a hunter – about someone like Fischer smiling in front of a dead family of baboons including a small baby baboon? How about the animals that are becoming endangered? Will Fischer be hunting them too?
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