ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Local big game hunters may soon find themselves in the crosshairs of anti-trophy hunting groups. The organizations want to boycott businesses whose owners enjoy the sport.READ MORE: Wrong Way Crash On I-30 Kills At Least One In Fort Worth
One such owner is Barton Hankins, the managing partner of Westway Ford in Irving. He’s the target of anti-trophy hunting groups who are taking to social media to express their outrage.
“This is not something that we as a civilized people accept,” said Nili Asgharian who has started a Facebook page to expose North Texas businesses whose owners promote exotic game hunting.
“It’s going to assimilate a list of businesses in the DFW area that are affiliated either directly or indirectly with the violent act of hunting,” said
One photo he posted on the page shows a mounted lion and zebra killed for sport. The image received the attention of animal protection groups who said it’s time to fight back against trophy hunters. Trophy hunters such as Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who admitted to killing a lion in Zimbabwe named Cecil. Palmer’s controversial hunt has created such a backlash that he has received numerous death threats. The dentist has even shut down his practice.READ MORE: Plumber Finds Cache Of Money Behind Loose Toilet In Wall At Joel Osteen's Lakewood Mega-Church
“These businesses have their hands in blood per se,” according Asgharian. “I think in general this is an emotional issue.”
Marketing professor with SMU’s Cox School of Business, Michael Braun, said social media has already proven to be a powerful weapon of trophy hunting critics.
“The problem is the targets of these campaigns, they do not appear to be getting due process with no opportunity to defend themselves,” said Braun.
Hankins didn’t respond to CBS11 News’ request for comment.MORE NEWS: 4 Interceptions Including A Pick 6 Help Deliver 27-17 Victory For Cowboys Over Saints
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