A teenager has said she will never call her father ‘dad’ again after he was pictured kissing his wife over the corpse of a lion he had just killed.
Darren Carter from Canada, was seen in the shocking photo with wife, Carolyn, after gunning down the predator on a Legelela Safari in South Africa, on Monday.
The pair received backlash from anti-hunting groups after shooting the beast during a £12,000 so-called ‘canned hunt’ experience.
Darren’s daughter Sydney Carter, 19, who hasn’t seen her dad in more than 10 years, spoke out after spotting the picture online – just months after he reportedly refused to give her any money to further her studies.
Speaking in a video uploaded to YouTube, Sydney said: “Imagine going on a £12,000 trip to Africa to trophy hunt a beautiful lion instead of giving your daughter some money to go to post secondary education.
“That’s the man I once called dad for you.”
The teenager said she saw the picture of her dad after her mum spotted the image in a news article online.
She added: “Mum made a joke and said ‘maybe it’s your dad’. Turns out it was.
“I refuse to call him my dad anymore, who does that? I will never understand people like that – who take pride in shooting a beautiful animal like a lion.
“I’ll never understand it.”
‘DAD DID NOT HELP AT ALL’
Months before, Sydney claims her dad refused to pay any money towards her studies.
After seeing that he had spent £12,000 to hunt the lion, she added that after starting university her dad stopped paying child support.
She said: “For a parent to pay child support you have to go from 8am to 3.30pm – so an average school day.
“I had classes from 8am to 9.30am, 9.30am to 11am, then a break, then 12pm to 2pm. Because it was not a full day my dad did not have to pay child support.
“Mum had to pay for it all by herself; dad did not help at all. Basically cut us off when I was 18.”
In a final message to her father, the teenager slammed him as a ‘horrible person’.
She added: “So, Darren, if you’re ever watching this, just know that I don’t call you my dad anymore. You are a horrible person.
“Knowing you trophy hunt beautiful animals like lions, who are slowly becoming endangered, is just… it’s too much.
“I’m someone who loves animals and wouldn’t want anyone to hurt them, and to know that my own father does that – I don’t even consider you my dad anymore.
“So honestly dad, f*** you. I hope you never contact us again.”
How is hunting endangering lions and other big game?
- Trophy hunting is reportedly harming conservation by causing a decline in the population of many species.
- From 2005 to 2014, more than 1.26 millions trophies were imported into the US by hunters.
- The US is currently the largest importer, with 345 trophies coming in every day.
- Hunting is endangering big game by killing the largest and strongest animals among each species.
- By doing so, the killing causes dozens of additional deaths. If the strongest male lion is killed, his pride is left open to a takeover by another male, who will kill all of the cubs left behind.
- The most-coveted animals are elephants, lions, rhinos and leopards – all of which have faced a decline in population.
Eduardo Goncalves of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting said: ‘It looks as though this lion was a tame animal killed in an enclosure, bred for the sole purpose of being the subject of a smug selfie.
‘This couple should be utterly ashamed of themselves, not showing off and snogging for the cameras.”
Earlier this week, a British hunter spoke out in defence of the Canadian couple, claiming that the lion was not wild, it’s death would not impact on population numbers for the species.
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Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “Why do we have to answer to your armchair conservationist readers that know nothing about Africa.
“This lion was bred for hunting and for lion bore export to the Far East.”
He then made a bizarre reference to Disney’s The Lion King, adding: “This is not Mufasa or Cecil, this is an animal that was farmed like a cow, a sheep or a crocodile hat is farmed for meat and skin.”
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