By Ben Romans
Nikon, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of camera gear and rifle scopes, has recently met the ire of animal rights groups for producing hunting equipment.
According to an article in the U.K.’s The Independent, the heart of the problem for many is in its marketing materials; Nikon portrays itself as being “at the heart of nature” in pieces promoting camera gear, and “the proven choice for dangerous big game hunting” in scope write-ups. Animal welfare proponents think it’s a conflict of interest.
Though the author of the article clearly has a bias against Nikon and hunting, the article goes on to say that many recognized wildlife photographers—some like Stefano Unterthiner, winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2008—have used Nikon products for years, but have just became aware the company also makes rifle scopes.