Boycott Nikon over trophy hunting
Leading wildlife photographer, Christopher Rimmer has ended his support of Nikon and is now backing animal charity Viva!'s campaign to persuade the global optics giant to cease its support for trophy hunting.
Mr Rimmer – whose critically acclaimed photographs of Africa have been widely published – has now ended his decades long association with Nikon due to the company's promotion and production of optics, like riflescopes, specifically made for hunting large animals in Africa and its support of trophy hunting.
He says: “I will no longer use or endorse Nikon products nor accept sponsorship until they agree to withdraw their support for trophy hunting in Africa and elsewhere. I urge anyone currently considering the purchase of a Nikon product to reconsider in light of these disturbing revelations.”
Justin Kerswell, Viva!'s campaigns manager, says: “Nikon's weak response that it is simply meeting demand for hunting products hardly cuts the mustard for many who have used the company's cameras for years to celebrate living wildlife. They feel utterly betrayed by a company that on one hand tells consumers that we should cherish wildlife before it is gone, but on the other is actually facilitating that very destruction by producing riflescopes for hunting large animals in Africa and sponsoring trophy hunting elsewhere in the world.
“Whilst it should be noted that other companies that make cameras also make optics used for hunting, I think it is fair to say that none support this bloody industry with quite so much gusto and hypocrisy as Nikon. We reiterate our calls on them to condemn trophy hunting in Africa, and elsewhere in the world, and cease its involvement in hunting completely.”
Viva! are calling for a boycott of all Nikon products (cameras, binoculars and scopes) until the company drops its support for hunting. Details of the petition can be read at http://www.viva.org.uk/nikon and has already attracted over 3,000 signatures.
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