Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer became the center of an internet controversy after photos of a September hunting trip began spreading online this past Tuesday (October 16). While on the trip, he killed many animals, including a giraffe, a leopard, and an entire family of baboons, before snapping pictures of himself proudly grinning over their bodies.
"I shot a whole family of baboons," an Idaho fish and game commissioner wrote in an email. A photo showed him grinn… https://t.co/FhdUGTWYz4— The New York Times (@The New York Times)1539693013.0
Retired Fish and Game Commissioner Gary Power said Fischer's actions were shameful:
The photo of him and the baboons, a family, it's absolutely deplorable and totally contradicts everything that game management is about.
Twitter was disgusted by Fischer's acts of killing:
@latimes Disgusting 😦— Cynthia S (@Cynthia S)1539707623.0
@latimes THIS JUST BROKE MY HEART!!!! https://t.co/mLL9MJa3Z7— Lisa Marie (@Lisa Marie )1539649591.0
@latimes This is HORRIBLE! what did a giraffe do to deserve this ! SHAME ON HIM— maria korcsmaros (@maria korcsmaros)1539655424.0
Under pressure from around the world, Governor Butch Otter of Idaho asked for Fischer's resignation and received it.
Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer has resigned. He was asked for his resignation by Gov. Butch Otter,… https://t.co/AwMWSlTFw3— Chadd Cripe (@Chadd Cripe)1539640714.0
This was great news for animal lovers everywhere!
@chaddcripe https://t.co/cBeJTVIklT— MiTcH (@MiTcH)1539706145.0
@chaddcripe @DebbiebB15 Thank God !— Patricia kenworthy (@Patricia kenworthy)1539645127.0
@CynthiaSewell @ButchOtter It's a start, but Blake Fischer does not deserve the privilege of being allowed to hunt… https://t.co/UCep8g4y4S— Dallas Alice (@Dallas Alice)1539641130.0
The Idaho governor delivered a statement saying Fischer had exercised bad judgement.
Idaho guv's statement: “I have high expectations and standards for every appointee in state government. Every membe… https://t.co/nRC2qJ3z4f— Cynthia Sewell (@Cynthia Sewell)1539640845.0
In his letter of resignation, Fischer apologized for so me of his actions.
“I recently made some poor judgments that resulted in sharing photos of a hunt in which I did not display an approp… https://t.co/wxyp6LACAZ— HuffPost (@HuffPost)1539686569.0
For many on Twitter, however, Fischer's apology didn't sound quite right.
@HuffPost The poor judgement was the slaughter of animals that were not going to be used as a food source nor were… https://t.co/0SNnKtHnq2— Rebecca Posey (@Rebecca Posey)1539691138.0
@HuffPost “Harvested?” Try “butchered.”— TallulahCarolina🐘 (@TallulahCarolina🐘)1539687151.0
@HuffPost There is no degree of "sportsmanship" or "harvesting" in the brutal slaughter of innocent animals in thei… https://t.co/aImSU0dfId— rlk300 (@rlk300)1539691324.0
@HuffPost Human trash— Coach Dos (@Coach Dos)1539704369.0
@HuffPost So his poor judgement was in posting the pictures, not slaughtering animals. Sounds like he is only sorry… https://t.co/BQRV0pZo4X— Sioux (@Sioux)1539706104.0
Fortunately, the good people of Idaho won't have to deal with Fischer any longer.
Hopefully, their next Game Commissioner will have a slightly higher opinion of beautiful wild animals.
@IdahoStatesman Glad he resigned, disgusting and shameful!— Forrest (@Forrest)1539643783.0