Nikon has issued a statement to Amateur Photographer (AP) after the camera maker came under fire from animal welfare campaigners for making riflescopes.

Viva!, an animal welfare charity, last week launched a petition calling on consumers to boycott Nikon products.

To date, it has won support from nearly 3,000 people.

In response to the outcry, a Nikon spokesman today told AP: ‘Nikon makes lenses for a wide variety of customers – camera lenses for photographers, microscopes that aid in scientific breakthroughs, and sport optics such as rangefinders for golfers, binoculars and scopes for outdoor enthusiasts.’

In a statement, it adds: ‘Nikon Sport Optics manufactures the products for outdoor enthusiasts and respects legal hunting, conservation and wildlife management that meets local and national regulations. Nikon always values feedback from customers and the public.’

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  • Dave Christie

    its also ironic that Nikons new 7100 model image test within this online news letter shows a person firing a gun ???? lol…wtf…or am I being too dramatic ??? lol

  • Dave Christie

    Typical bog standard statement which basically(in their minds) lets them off the hook!!! but are people who love using Nikon photographic equipment prepared to boycott them and change to another brand and spend £££££’s because of morals??..basic double standards and hypocritical attitude…all about PROFIT in my humble view but its down to indiviual people as to what they do.

  • Sarah Hanson

    Not good enough Nikon. Sadly I chose Nikon over Canon very recently and regret it on these grounds alone. Supporting legal hunting is very different to Nikon’s endorsement and arguably encouragement of the killing of some of the world’s most magnificent animals through its sponsorship of trophy hunts and manufacture of big game riflescopes. The condemnation is not just coming from animal rights activists that they no doubt feel can be dismissed, its coming from their customers – people like me – and more longer term customers than me. People who dream of seeing and capturing images of the animals Nikon think it’s ok to kill. They need to say and more importantly do more than is in this statement to keep our loyalty and repair their reputation.

  • John

    No doubt Viva! would be against the culling of the excessive deer population (as did another animal ‘welfare’ charity) to prevent so much plant destruction as to cause numbers of deer to starve to death!!
    Sorry, where is the double standards?
    Do Viva! support deer culling or do they support letting the deer population eat itself out of food supply?

  • Mark Cooper

    Swarovski also make them.
    Every other “nature & conservation person on TV is wearing them.