Photo of hunted birds angers environmentalists in Lebanon

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A Lebanese hunter recently posted an image of two men boasting a bonnet full of hunted birds on his Facebook profile.

This photo did not get praises the man hoped to gain but instead received disapproving comments.

Despite the hunter removing the image soon after, the Facebook page “STOP Shooting Birds in Lebanon!” instantly re-published his image, with nature lovers expressing their outrage on the social networking site.

The website “greenprophet” garnered some comments, with one nature lover saying: “Has anyone thought of carrying a psychological study to find out what makes these “hunters” go out and commit these bird massacres? That might help come out with a solution.” The person also said that after seeing the photo, he was ashamed to be Lebanese.

Another person asked if these acts “show too much testosterone” or if the hunter “shares common genes with Ghenkis Khan or Hitler”, adding that “such behavior ruins the reputation of Lebanon”.

Few hunters had their say as well; one defended the image posted, saying that, while they are hunting birds, others are killing human beings. However, this comment attracted a slew of comebacks.

The man who originally posted the image on his page, refused to respond to the comments of the photo’s provocative nature, but said that publishing the photo in the environmental campaign will not do any good to Lebanon.

A study conducted in 2001 by the Ministry of Environment revealed that at least 37 species of migratory birds, including five globally threatened, are killed each year in Lebanon.

Even though hunting has been illegal in Lebanon since the 1990s, the laws are poorly enforced. Dozens of photos are shared on Facebook every year by hunters who do not take into account law violation or their environmental critics.