A leading tourism expert believes that hunting humans could become very big sport in a couple hundred years and as scary as that sounds, we are exploring his argument.
The report claims that this horrific eventuality could become an attraction for stag parties, team building exercise and sightseers.
By the year 2200 it could even become so normal as to be widely televised and rooted for. Picture here ‘The Hunger Game’ or a lesser known science fiction classic still around the same theme; ‘The Running Man’.
Tourism expert, Daniel Wright a senior lecturer in tourism at the University of Central Lancashire shared this prediction in a paper for the scientific journal Futures.
His basis for the conclusions are an outline of a world ravaged by economic and ecological disasters , leading to overpopulation and a huge gap between rich and poor.
He also connects it to our past when public executions were able to draw huge crowds and our present with the emerging craze for ‘Dark Tourism’.
Dark tourism currently generates billions a year and examples range from museums dedicated to murderers like Jack the Ripper or Dracula to concentration camps open to the public.
There is also the fact that the super rich currently pay huge fees to hunt down and murder innocent big game in Africa, even where the practice has been deemed illegal.
For these reasons, Wright suggests that hunting humans as an underground sport could happen as early as 2100, becoming an authentic tourism experience by 2200.
Here are some excerpts of Wright’s future vision as outlined in the paper;
“During these activities the oppressive mega-rich carry out vacations to purposely slaughter humans, with the ‘claimed’ aim to reduce population size, but an element of perverse thrill and excitement was said to be fueling the demand.”
“Due to the strain on resources for human survival the practice gradually became more recognizable and acceptable on the part of the wider population who form part of the wealthy-elite.”
“Now in 2200, it is common practice for such human hunting activities to take place sold as stag, team building events, and has become increasingly popular in the gambling industry. The locations in which ‘hunting humans’ activities take place are seen as modern day tourism entertainment parks.”
It is a well heeled argument, taking scenes from the past, connecting dots in the present and reaching to the future, but could hunting humans really become both a necessity and a sport by the year 2200? Or is Wright just being paranoid?