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Could Hunting Humans for Sport Be The Future of 'Dark Tourism'?

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 23, 2016

Could Hunting Humans for Sport Be The Future of 'Dark Tourism'?

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A tourism expert in the United Kingdom has revealed his controversial thoughts on the possibility of hunting humans becoming legal within the next 200 years.

According to the Daily Mirror, senior tourism lecturer Daniel Wright published his thoughts in a scientific journal called Futures, stating that the richest people in the world will be able to hunt human beings for fun or sport.

As far as the possibility of hunting humans and the impact on the tourism industry, Wright points to the past when public executions attracted huge crowds, as well as the recent rise of ‘Dark Tourism” as a multi-billion dollar industry.

Dark Tourism includes travelers visiting legendary battlefields, the World Trade Center site, former concentration camps and even museums dedicated to murderers or evil mythological characters like Jack the Ripper or Dracula. Wright also cited the extravagantly high prices Americans are already paying to travel to Africa and other countries to hunt big game animals.

“Death as a spectacle is not a new phenomenon in social spaces,” Wright told the Daily Mirror. “In fact, our past arguably shows the human fascination for death, through various forms, to be more of a social activity. Roman gladiatorial games and public executions are well documented examples throughout history.”

Wright revealed that he believes the rising population on Earth will continue to put stress on the planet. In addition, the growing gap between the rich and the rest of the population across the world will continue to cause issues between people.

As for a time frame for when be believes his theory could come to fruition, Wright said he thinks the world's wealthiest people will be hunting humans by the year 2100. The lecturer also believes the hunting of human beings could be legalized—and even televised—by the year 2200.


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