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In the photos, the couple, who ran a Super U location in L’Arbresle, could be seen standing over various big-game animals they allegedly hunted, including a hippopotamus, a zebra, an alligator and a leopard, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. The animals were killed during a captive hunt aimed at attracting trophy hunters, the outlet reports.
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Super U first announced its intentions to disassociate from the couple’s actions on Monday, following backlash on social media.
“These images go against the values and commitments upheld by the U retail cooperative. We firmly condemn them, even though they relate to private activities by the supermarket owners,” Super U said in a statement shared by the AFP.
“In light of the condemnation raised by these activities within the cooperative and the legitimate emotion among the public, the shop’s managers have decided to immediately leave the chain and their shop in L’Arbresle.”
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The photos were subsequently shared on social media, prompting critics to advocate for boycotting the Super U. Some even issued death threats, according to the Times.
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