Luciano Ponzetto, a veterinarian who caused an uproar on social media after sharing pictures of his trophy kills, was found dead at the bottom of a ravine while out hunting. The news has sparked many animal lovers to call the 55-year-old’s untimely death “karma.”
Controversy erupted last year when Ponzetto shared a picture of himself proudly posing next to a lion he had just killed. The picture ignited fury across the Internet and resulted in him being forced to step down as the medical director of a kennel business.
Despite being criticized for working with animals and also hunting them leisurely, Ponzetto previously stated, “I know that I have done nothing wrong. I am being criticized by people who do not know me, I have always loved my work and have always loved animals. I will carry on hunting until the law changes.”
Luciano Ponzetto had recently returned from a hunting trip in Canada where he boasted about some of his kills. However, Luciano reportedly had a fatal accident when he was out on a trip shooting wild birds to eat with friends in the Italian city of Turin. Officials state that Ponzetto slipped on ice, which resulted in him falling down a 100ft ravine at Colle delle Oche.
An Italian police spokesman told The Sun, “We were called by the mountain rescue services who had been alerted to the incident of someone who was out with him. His body was recovered by helicopter and taken to a local hospital.’ The police confirmed that Ponzetto slipped while hunting, that he died instantly, and that nothing could have been done to save his life.
Luciano Ponzetto became infamous for his hobby of hunting alongside his profession, which resulted in the veterinarian receiving mass amounts of hate mail and death threats from animal activists. Considering the irony of his death, many that protested Ponzetto’s actions are writing celebratorily of the news of his passing.
The Mirror reports that the game hunter’s accident occurred at an altitude of 2,200 meters in the valley of Colle delle Oche, located above the town of Pianprato, in the Grand Paradiso National Park in north west Italy. While Luciano faced public backlash for his hunting, Italy’s Veterinarian’s Guild defended his actions, stating, “Hunting is a hobby regulated by the law, which does not allow us to take measures against him.”