Steve Ecklund is a well-known hunter in Canada. While most of his social media posts attract negative comments, one of his more recent ones caught the attention of thousands.
While ‘Ethical hunting’ will remain a contentious issue and a topic of hot debate for the foreseeable future, one purveyor of the sport has found himself the center of a social media storm for posting graphic pictures of his kills on Facebook.
Steve Ecklund, from Alberta, Canada, and his wife Alison, are both well-known for their love for hunting. Ecklund, in particular, regularly posts the spoils of their hunts – often involving the carcasses of animals such as bison, mountain lions, black bears, and rams – to both a barrage of supportive as well as well as derogatory responses.
However, he’s getting more than his bargained share of attention with his latest grisly update. In a Facebook update, Ecklund can be seen grinning next to the corpse of a mountain lion that he just killed. Accompanying the bloodstained lion are two of his beagles as well as three other friends. While that attracted plenty of negative scrutinies, a later more graphic post, which even had to be filtered because of its gruesome content, appeared to show the animal’s heart laid bare and cut open.
Ecklund is often religiously defended by an active pro-hunting community online, but he has no such support in the U.K. Campaign group Hunt Saboteurs Association has termed his actions as ‘morally reprehensible’ Lee Moon, a spokesperson for the group was quoted saying: “Whether legal or illegal, and whatever country it occurs in, hunting for sport is morally reprehensible and has no place in a so-called civilised society.”
He continued: “Links between animal and human abuse are well documented and it’s beyond our comprehension what makes people think this kind of barbaric act is deemed acceptable. When the authorities don’t act it’s no wonder that people take matters into their own hands and protect hunted animals themselves.”
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