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Bild am Sonntag over the perverse business of German tour operators in hunting protected animals
The man in the costume jacket knows what he wants to shoot the most. Around him, it's loud, a wind quintet opens with the concert. But he is sure. "This one, I want." It shows a lion in a glossy brochure. His eyes sparkle. "You should get the" the seller says and laughs. Another customer more.
What sounds like a sales pitch for the new Audi A3 is the lucrative business of German tour operators with strictly protected animals. Polar bear, leopard, lion and rhino - they all stand for years on the red list of endangered species worldwide. Nevertheless, they are officially open season on hunting for tourists.
We, the BILD-am-Sonntag-reporters are on Europe's largest fair chase "hunting dog" in Dortmund's Westphalia Hall. To 48 000 square meters are there until this evening for 13 euro entrance Waidmanns the complete equipment from the hunting rifle to the waterproof sock. But has 138 tour operators have set up their stalls. They offer luxury travel packages for amateur fighters from the North Pole to South Africa. With the launch warranty. Killing as an all-inclusive vacation.
We want to find out how the lucrative business works and give us as interested in hunting friends. At the booths, we are told that our father next year, its 60th Celebrates birthday and wants to meet his family on the anniversary of his hunting dream died an exotic.
The first level is related to "Various hunting trips." The chef, George Various asks us at the table. He wears a wool felt hat, a waistcoat and designer stubble. When we told him of our present idea of a polar bear hunt, tell, he whistles through his teeth and grins: "A polar bear that is. A good choice. "He starts telling a story. "The chance to shoot a polar bear are excellent. The best in March, April. Then the bears come out of hibernation, they are hungry and can be lined with seal meat. Then they are easy prey. "We ask if our father killed the bear can really take home with you? "Well, sure. He can make stuff up and put into the living room. "The price of the trip must be calculated first, but with 25 000 €, we would have to pay for itself.