Karma backlash? Big game hunting veterinarian falls to his death

One can imagine Cecil the Lion and his friends giving the big game hunter a karmic push. RIP Dr. Ponzetto - many animals will now be able to live in peace

The lion was killed during a safari in Tanzania. Photo: Pius Mahimbi - CC0 for Flickr.com https://www.flickr.com/photos/pius_mahimbi/5251521756/in/datetaken/

WASHINGTON, December 14, 2016 – Luciano Ponzetto, a big game hunter, and veterinarian, who sparked worldwide fury receiving death threats and hate mail after posing next to a lion he had killed during a Tanzanian safari, has died after falling 100ft down a ravine.

The hunter was shooting birds in Chamois, Italy,  a remote town in the Aosta Valley region of northwestern Italy,  at the time of the accident.

Chamois is the only municipality in Italy not navigable by car. Visitors can arrive in Chamois with a cablecar or by a path from La Magdaleine.

An Italian police spokesman said that they ‘…were called by the mountain rescue services who had been alerted to the incident by someone who was out with him.

A big game hunter who sparked worldwide fury when he posed next to a lion he had killed has died after falling 100ft down a ravine while shooting birds. Vet Luciano Ponzetto, 55, received death threats and hate mail after he posted the snaps of him with the lion on social media last year. Officials say he was out hunting with pals when he slipped on ice and fell down the ravine at Colle delle Oche in hills above the Italian city of Turin. He had been trying to shoot wild birds to eat - a popular past time in Italy - when he died and had only recently returned from a shooting trip to Canada telling friends he had bagged several big hits.
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Ponzetto was as vilified as Bloomington, Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer who killed Cecil,  a beloved Zimbabwe lion. The lion was lured from his protected home in Hwange National Park, shot and then tracked for hours until he was killed. Ponzetto lost his position as medical director of a veterinary group after he was attacked on social media for his hunting by groups that felt that killing animals was not compatible with his work as an animal protector.

“We are totally opposed to any form of hunting or abuse of animals, whether they be wild or domestic,” the association that runs the kennels said in a statement at the time.

The veterinarian was subjected to death threats after his image, next to the magnificent animals – a lion, warthog and mountain goat – that he shot for sport and trophy.

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