The world was outraged when the Italian hunter named Luciano Ponzetto shared photos of himself holding the head of a male lion he had killed while on the hunt. The infamous “lion killer” had a big grin on his face as he stood next to his kill to get photographed. The Safari Club Italy, which housed Ponzetto as a member, posted the photos to their Facebook page because they wanted to share the winners of the club’s annual Chapter Trophy Award competition. Despite killing a male lion, Ponzetto only earned third prize. This leaves you to wonder what the other Italian hunters killed for the competition. Because the photo offended a lot of people, Ponzetto quickly became public enemy number one. The heat became too much for him and he ultimately resigned from his post as the medical director of a business kennel. But now Karma seems to have caught up with him. During a recent hunting trip, the infamous “lion killer” slipped and fell and died.
Although Ponzetto, who works in a veterinary capacity, promised that his work was “not compatible with hunting, either morally, or professionally,” he engaged in it nonetheless.
At the time of his lion photo, Ponzetto defended his hobby to The Sun, saying, “I am being criticized by people who do not now me. I have always loved my work and I have always loved animals… I will carry on hunting until the law changes.”
Although the law has not changed against hunting, Ponzetto won’t be hunting ever again. During a recent trip, he slipped and fell to his death.
While looking for animals to kill, Ponzetto slipped and fell into a 100-foot deep ravine. ATI reported that Ponzetto was hunting wild birds along with a group of his friends in Italy’s Colle delle Oche hills outside of Turin. The “lion killer” slipped on some ice and slipped down into the ravine, ultimately dying from the fall.
Not long before this incident, which many are calling an act of karma, Ponzetto had returned from a hunting trip to Canada, where he had killed a number of animals and bragged about it much to the chagrin of the animal rights activists who disliked his hobby of killing animals.
At that time of his death, a spokesperson from Italy told The Sun, “His body was recovered by helicopter and taken to a local hospital… He died instantly and there was nothing that could be done.”
Because he had bragged about killing some of the planet’s most majestic creatures, many people did not mourn for Ponzetto’s death. But as the hunter of exotic animals had said, those who were most critical of him during his life were people who did not know him. And the same people who are not mourning his loss still didn’t know him in life. They just followed him on social media and saw the photos of the animals he shot on the hunt. Obviously his family and friends are going to miss the world-class hunter and man.
Do you think this was an act of karmic balance? Or was it just a coincidence that Ponzetto slipped and fell to his death while hunting wild animals?