BRITS are paying thousands of pounds to kill defenceless animals on trips to Africa organised by a former gamekeeper.
Derek Stocker’s company specialises in tours to South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe to kill baboons, monkeys, elephants, giraffes, and zebras.
Steve Bull pictured on a a ProStalk hunting holidayCredit: Prostalk Emily Padfield posing with one of the animals she shot on a ProStalk tripCredit: Prostalk
The trophy hunters can add more animals to kill from a list of 65 species, including £1,666 extra to shoot a giraffe, £6,422 for a hippo or just £47 for monkeys.
The 62-year-old Mr Stocker‘s company promises trips will be “adventures of a lifetime” and prices start at £1,050 for five day, the Mirror reports.
Its website boasts testimonials from satisfied customers smiling as they pose beside animals they’ve shot.
They include Emily Padfield who said: “We travelled to South Africa for a cull package. It exceeded our expectations. Truly the stuff dreams are made of.”
Steve Bull added: “I arranged with Derek to take me on a trip of a lifetime to Africa to hunt and what a trip.
“We hunted all the species that I had asked him to arrange trophies. My wife Lynn shot her first ever springbok. I have to say I will no doubt be returning for another great trip soon.”
Another customer, Les Baker, told how he shot “springbok, impala and warthog”.
But ProStalk’s has been condemned by the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, who branded the safaris “a festival of cruelty” and “an abomination”.
“It may be a ‘holiday of a lifetime’ for a hunter, but it’s hell for the animal killed to satisfy their sick bloodlust,” said the group’s Eduardo Goncalves.
“This is the last remaining major UK company organising big game hunts in Africa. It’s a stain on our country’s reputation as a nation of animal lovers.”
Mr Goncalves said all the animals available to be hunted on ProStalk tours are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
He said Britain “has some of the laxest laws on trophy hunting” and called on the UK government to implement an immediate moratorium on all hunting trophy hunting imports.
“Britain ne to show it plans to lead the way in abolishing this abomination by acting now before it’s too late,” he said.
ProStalk insists it plays a “pivotal role” in conservation and says the establishment of private game ranches has helped some species recover in South Africa.
The growth of hunting since the 1960s has placed a value on wildlife and created a direct incentive to own, purchase, protect and conserve it, says the Somerset-based firm.
“Hunting is such a controversial issue and unfortunately the uninformed public and animal rights activists are unaware of how much it contributes to conservation.”
Mr Stocker said he would not be commenting when contacted by The Sun Online.
Les Baker with one of the impala he shot on his hunting tripCredit: Prostalk Derek Stocker is a former gamekeeperCredit: Facebook / Derek Stocker
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