Vet Who Posed Next To Dead Lion He Killed Falls 100ft To His Death While Shooting Wild Birds

The infamous vet who sparked a backlash after posing with the big game animals he shot, died while hunting birds in Italy. 55-year-old Luciano Ponzetto had a veterinary clinic near Turin. After pictures of him with trophy kills emerged on social media (think lions, leopards and deers) , animal rights activists started a campaign against him. There was even a Facebook page dedicated to the shaming of Luciano Ponzetto. The vet also received some death threats.

When all of this happened a year ago, Luciano Ponzetto defended himself saying that being a vet “is not incompatible with hunting, either morally or professionally”. Italy’s Veterinarians’ Guild was on Ponzetto’s side, stating that “hunting is a hobby regulated by the law, which does not allow us to take measures against him.”

The controversy caused over Ponzetto’s hunting caused him to step down as medical director of a kennel business

He hit back at critics and said: “I know that I have done nothing wrong.

“I am being criticised by people who do not know me, I have always loved my work and I have always loved animals.’

“I will carry on hunting until the law changes.”

Ponzetto’s last hunting trip proved to be fatal. The vet slipped on the ice and fell 100ft down a rivine while trying to shoot wild birds. An Italian police officer told The Sun: “His body was recovered by helicopter and taken to a local hospital… It looks like he slipped and fell when he was out hunting. He died instantly and there was nothing that could be done.”

(h/t: thesun)

The infamous vet Luciano Ponzetto enjoyed hunting big game animals as a hobby

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After pictures of him with trophy kills emerged on social media, it sparked a massive backlash

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The latest news report the notorious vet just died in an accident while hunting wild birds

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