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Gazelles massacred 'for fun' in Saudi Arabia

Online calls for wildlife to be protected from horrific abuse by poachers

  • By Habib Toumi Bureau Chief
  • Published: 14:14 August 21, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Sabq
  • Gazelles that were believed to have been shot down by poachers after they escaped from a reserve in the central region of the country and fled towards valleys.
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Manama: Saudi social network users have called for tough legal action against poachers who reportedly massacred gazelles for fun.

The blogosphere was flooded with messages of anger and frustration after pictures and video clips of the gazelles were posted on Tuesday.

The endangered animals were believed to have been shot down by poachers after they escaped from a reserve in the central region of the country and fled towards valleys, local news Sabq reported.

Online users stressed the inhumane attitude of the poachers and singled out three men who boasted in a video clip about the hunting trip.

Several voices called for overall action that would include the reserves and would boost programmes to save and preserve endangered animals.

Most comments agreed that strict legal procedures had to be launched to ensure that the massacre would not be repeated.

Comments (5)

  1. Added 12:24 August 22, 2013

    People are bored stiff in this country and that is why they do things like this. Many hate animals. Youngsters have no respect for animals. Read the Quran please about the love of animals.

    Rick Renson, bruges, Belgium

  2. Added 12:22 August 22, 2013

    @ Anonymous, Dont write nonsense. You mean to say that there is no poaching in India???

    Irfan, riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  3. Added 12:05 August 22, 2013

    The problem is not particularly with this country, but with dramatic degradation of Human Beings as they are. These atrocious things happen every day all around the world: Russia with its horrible commercial hunting for endangered species, Scandinavia with annual massacres of whales, Canada with annual massacre of seals, Japan with annual massacre of dolphins, Central Asia with its barbarian ''tradition'' games involving torturing animals to death, Ex-Yugoslavian countries with street hunting for stray animals, CHINA (jaw dropping practices) and so many more! By slow replacement of Education with Pseudo-Education (all around the world), we are creating semi-humans, whose values are only based on the worst materialistic failures of our civilization.

    Sophia, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 11:35 August 22, 2013

    Sick people ...

    Asiya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 11:07 August 22, 2013

    The problem is that people are extremely Judgemental and have no regards for life may it be human or animal.

    zaid, sharjah, India

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