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Hunting firm’s Xmas card has bears, deer and wolves – and you can shoot them all
December 26, 2020
A company's sweet Christmas card shows Santa with bears, deer and wolves – all animals its clients love to shoot.
Artemis Hunting UK posted the idyllic image to hundreds of its customers.
The British-based business offers trips to hunt wild animals all over the world.
Also on its list of targets are African lions, leopards, rhino, elephants and buffalo.
The company is run by Croatian Tomo Svetic who lives in the UK. His clients often pose for photos alongside the animals’ corpses.
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For an extra charge they can keep the hacked-off head of their prey as a trophy.One package offers the chance to visit Croatia to hunt brown bears.
The firm’s website boasts: “The game hunted on our holidays is not fenced and there are no fake trophies.
"A lot of money is invested into Croatian hunting grounds to ensure that the animals have peace, a natural diet and enough food and drink during droughts and harsh winters.”
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Mr Svetic said all his trips strictly adhered to the laws in every country and added that the money generated was put towards conservation.
The company also arranges trips to hunt wolves – a practice banned in many countries – alongside holidays in South Africa where clients can kill some of the world’s most stunning creatures.
The website says: “Our hunting areas are home to basically all the animal species found in South Africa, including the Big Five.
“Our aim is to offer some of the most exciting experiences and ensure that you will enjoy a fair and ethical chase in search of the ultimate trophy.”
The company offers the chance to kill a number of animals with a bow and arrow in Hungary.
Hunters argue that it is no different to killing with a rifle.
But previous findings by animal rights groups say 50% of animals shot with crossbows are wounded but not killed.
Eduardo Goncalves, founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting and author of Trophy Leaks, said: “Artemis Hunting Ltd is yet another British company that’s making a killing from the shooting of defenceless animals.
“It sells the lives of beautiful species to deranged, bloodthirsty killers who kill for thrills.
“Businessmen like Tomo Svetic should not be allowed to make a mint off the back of killing animals.
“The Government must ban companies like this from selling sick hunting ‘holidays’.”