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Thread: Louis Theroux's African Hunting Holiday Sunday

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    Louis Theroux's African Hunting Holiday Sunday

    I'll confess to being a big fan of Louis. I've watched a lot of his documentaries and have never been dissapointed with his work. He comes across as a genuinely decent guy who's easy going persona has a habit of dissarming his subjects, which results in them opening up much more than they ever would to your average journalist.

    Anyway, Louis has been to South Africa to make a documentary on hunting in game farms. It's on BBC2, sunday at 9:00pm.

    I expect it will provoke some intersting and emotive discussion here.

    Regards
    Jared

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    Thanks for the heads up - cant wait to see this.

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    ME too ,
    wonder what angle he will take

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    I like him too, some times i think it is a bit cringing watching him with the constant asking of the same questions, but it is quite obvious which angle he will take , it`s the BEEB for gods sake.

    wadas

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    Lets make some assumptions I drew from the advert and see if they come true in the show:

    1- He will visit an establishment that offers 'canned' hunts for big game, possibly lions.

    2- He will repeatedly question some Afrikaans game farm owners to defend hunting, something which we all know can make people outraged.

    3- He will concentrate on the more 'macho' elements of fieldsports, and no female hunters will be shown.

    4- Mention will be made of 'rich American/European tourists' at some point in the programme. Possibly with a short interview with a large/old/wealthy specimen.

    4- He will conclude the show with some thoughts which highlight the camaraderie etc but "cannot reconcile killing with fun" or some other such simplistic view.

    I may be only 24 but, every single 'documentary' on hunting or shooting I have ever seen has been so partisan and one-sided as to be laughable. At most I have seen a grudging nod towards the benefits of wildfowling towards the preservation of marshes (in one programme, once...).

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    I'm not a fan of the sanctimonious attitude often taken by the BBC. But I think I'll wait until I've seen the show before passing judgement.

    However I can confirm that the documentary will focus on "Wealthy tourists" and canned hunts in game reserves. And he will interview a farmer who breeds lions which are to be hunted.

    I expect he'll attempt to highlight the sadness felt by people who raise animals to be shot. Whilst emphasising the fact that they make a very good living doing what they do also.

    The repeated questioning is a technique employed to get people to open up more and elaborate on what they have already said.

    We shall see whats said.....

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    I have to admit to liking him too but I can't help feeling that this one is not going to be what we would have wanted!

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    Hi Boghossian,
    Quote Originally Posted by Boghossian
    Lets make some assumptions I drew from the advert and see if they come true in the show:

    1- He will visit an establishment that offers 'canned' hunts for big game, possibly lions.

    2- He will repeatedly question some Afrikaans game farm owners to defend hunting, something which we all know can make people outraged.

    3- He will concentrate on the more 'macho' elements of fieldsports, and no female hunters will be shown.

    4- Mention will be made of 'rich American/European tourists' at some point in the programme. Possibly with a short interview with a large/old/wealthy specimen.

    4- He will conclude the show with some thoughts which highlight the camaraderie etc but "cannot reconcile killing with fun" or some other such simplistic view.

    I may be only 24 but, every single 'documentary' on hunting or shooting I have ever seen has been so partisan and one-sided as to be laughable. At most I have seen a grudging nod towards the benefits of wildfowling towards the preservation of marshes (in one programme, once...).
    OOww! you have spoilt it for me now!

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    I saw a trailer to this last week, but only briefly. Louis appeared to be having an argument with a South African Ranch owner.

    I only hope it is not a repeat of a ranch breeding Lions or something similar for some sad ******* to come and shoot within a fenced area of a few hundred hectares. If it is bad news I hope that PHASA is able to gain access to the programme, and throw anyone involved out of the Hunting profession.

    BUT.......... lets wait and see, but I am not holding my breath on it, as someone has already pointed out the BBC are not exactly pro hunting in any form.

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    Well this should be good, as beowulf has already said its been spoilt for me. Its good to see that the Beeb is spending our money making programmes that will of course been totally unbaised I liked Mr Theroux not now. The big problem is simple, these people should go their with an open mind, but they dont, they have this concieved idea that we are all monsters and that shooting bambi, thumper and simba etc is a bad thing. On my trip to africa last year unfortunately no hunting involved. I had this discussion with a lady who ran a game reserve looking after cheetahs. Lovely lady, she asked if any of the group shot, I said yes, she then asked would I hunt in africa, yes was the reply to that. I expecte to be greated with a bit of a bad response, I could feel the eyes boring into the back of my head from the other members of the group. Her reply was surprising, hunting of all kinds in Africa was a good thing, the shock on my fellow travels faces was unforgettable and totally wonderful from my point of view. I had to ask why, money is the simple answer, the cost of conservation is not met by the tourist. On the whole hunters contribute more to the economy than tourist. But I let you read this very good article:
    http://www.biaza.org.uk/public/image...cs/hunting.pdf
    To me it makes sense, and if Mr theroux had read this perhaps we would have a program thats balanced, but this is the beeb and shock value has to be part of it to justify the licence money they get, idiots fools morons. I could use worse language but I fear I may offend beowulfs delicate dissposition.

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