- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

An Indiana father has deleted his Twitter account after being widely criticized for a years-old photo he posted showing his 7-year-old son after hunting “his first lion.”

Allen Tarpley, of Crown Point, Indiana, told the Daily Mail that the images of his 7-year-old son with a dead lion and his 9-year-old son with a dead oryx were from four or five years ago.

The photos were unearthed from a pro-hunting group website by South African campaigners We Will Not Be Silenced About Hunters, in the wake of international outrage over the illegal killing of Zimbabwe’s Cecil the lion, the Daily Mail reported.

A spokeswoman for the activist group asked, “What kind of parents steal childhood and innocence in such a way?” 

Actor and UK ambassador for Animals Asia Peter Egan tweeted, “Terrible pic for a parent to share. This creep calls himself @Safarihunter77 he’s a coward & needs some family guidance counselling.”

The wave of criticism forced Mr. Tarpley, 38, to shut down his Twitter account.

“I have not hunted in years, in about three years,” he told the Daily Mail. “We couldn’t afford it and that’s where I’m at. We did a couple of hunts and that’s it.”

“People can say however they like. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. There’s people that don’t understand hunting and what it does. People don’t understand it,” Mr. Tarpley said. “They don’t care about human beings and babies being slaughtered and body parts being sold for Planned Parenthood but they care about one animal.”

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