Idaho wildlife officer shot a family of baboons to impress his wife

Blake Fischer is a Fish and Game Commissioner in Idaho. There are six other commissioners. He is an avid sport hunter.

While on holiday in Namibia, Africa, Blake Fischer had someone photograph him with an entire family of baboons which he had just shot to impress his wife. He used a bow and arrow. In an email Mr Fischer joked that his wife wanted to get a feel of Africa. He decided to shoot a whole family of baboons in response. The photograph included the bloodstained body of a baby baboon. He said that she got the message quickly. He also had pictures taken of him with a dead giraffe and a dead leopard.

Family of baboons shot
Family of baboons shot
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Surprise

Fischer is surprised that his behavior is now featured all over the news media including The Times newspaper from which I am writing this article. Fischer said that he didn’t do anything illegal, unethical or immoral.

Free to shot Baboons

He said that baboons were “weird creatures” and that shooting them in Namibia was free. What he means is that you normally have to pay the Namibian government for the right to kill certain animals. There is no charge for shooting baboons. If you shoot a cheetah it’ll cost you £5200. A honey badger costs £600.

Immoral?

I would dispute Mr Fischer’s description that what he did was neither immoral nor unethical. Although, of course, it wasn’t illegal. Legal activities are not necessarily ethical or moral. The fact that the Namibian government allows 15,000 animals to be shot annually does not mean that the government is acting morally or ethically. Many wildlife conservationists would disagree strongly with this policy and say it is immoral. It’s a policy which is designed to raise funds for conservation. However, I have argued strongly myself that trophy hunting funds do not benefit conservation.

Namibia

Namibia is one of the few countries in Africa in which tourists can pay to shoot elephants, leopards and lions. From my standpoint, it’s a country out of step with the pressing need for wildlife conservation in Africa. Several former colleagues of Mr Fischer have told the Idaho Statesman that he should step down from his role as a fish and game commissioner.

Reaction

One of the other commissioners, Fred Trevy, agrees that Mr Fischer has not broken any laws but that his actions “were not right”. Neither were they sportsmanlike. Others have demanded an apology from Mr Fischer and described his behavior as “revolting”.

Guidebook

In addition, the hunting guidebook of Idaho says that hunters should “refrain from taking graphic pictures of the kill”. I think we can all agree that the picture of Mr Fischer in front of the family of baboons that he gleefully shot to impress his wife is truly revolting and also in breach of the Idaho hunting guidebook rules.

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2 thoughts on “Idaho wildlife officer shot a family of baboons to impress his wife”

  1. Blake Fischer and his wife need locking in a very small room with a very hungry Honey Badger.

    I cannot tellwhich person is the more repulsive, the hunter/barbarian/deviant/sadist or his perverted wife who thinks the ‘feel’ of an entire continent can be gotten from prurient gawping at pictures of mindlessly slaughtered, bloodied dead baboons.

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  2. Quote: “Blake Fischer is a Fish and Game Commissioner in Idaho.” Apparently he is also an idiot, and a cruel one at that. Hopefully if he does not resign, he will be forced to do so.😠😠😢

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