Killing Of Huge Elephant In Zimbabwe Reignites Controversy Over Trophy Hunters

2D739ACD00000578-3274724-image-a-3_1444938537122We recently followed the controversy over the shooting of “Cecil the Lion” by an American dentist Walter Palmer from Minnesota. What was most striking was the complete disconnect in how such kills are seen by hunters versus the public at large, as shown by the subsequent controversy of a Idaho hunter taunting animal advocates. A new such controversy has emerged after a German hunter celebrated the killing of one of the largest elephant ever seen In Zimbabwe at the Gonarezhou National Park. The magnificent animal was estimated to be 40 and 60 years old with tusks that almost touch the ground and weigh 120lb. Again, the difference in how this killing is viewed is fascinating. Hunters celebrated the kill while many in the public were appalled that this hunter would pay tens of thousands of dollars to travel to Africa and shot such a beautiful and inspiring animal.

2D739AC500000578-3274724-image-a-2_1444938349661The elephant was shot on October 8th in a hunter who paid $60,000 (£39,000) for a permit to conduct a 21-day game hunt including the Big Five of elephants, leopards, lions, buffalo and rhinoceros. He then proudly posed next to the dead elephant. Many are appalled by the fact that this is considered a triumph to possess an animal by killing it. Some believe that this is the largest elephant killed in decades.

Anthony Kaschula, who operates a photographic safari firm in Gonarezhou, posted pictures of the hunt on Facebook, and objected that “individual elephants such as these should be accorded their true value as a National Heritage and should be off limits to hunting.”

Louis Muller, chairman of the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters & Guides Association, said the hunter had only realised how large the “tusker” was once he had been shot.

These legal hunts are adding to the decline in elephant populations that have been decimated by poaching and, as discussed recently, cyanide poisoning.

189 thoughts on “Killing Of Huge Elephant In Zimbabwe Reignites Controversy Over Trophy Hunters”

  1. Sorry, I forgot pete, and bron.

    Anybody remember others they would like to memorialize?

  2. Remember the old days? Comments by Mike Appleton, Raf, blouise, Malisha, LottaKatz, Nal, Espo, Spindel, Chuck, elaine, swarthmoremom?

    All gone.

  3. Here’s my suggestion.

    Liberals are not welcome here.

    Fits nicely with a free speech advocate, doesn’t it.

  4. Would anyone object to referring to me as “Goddess” in the future? I kinda like that one. 🙂

  5. Twofer, it does make me wonder why KCF’s pseudonym was shown so much respect, while my repeated efforts to stop Paul from using my real name were dismissed by Darren. Why do I not rate the same level of respect? The civility rule needs to be enforced with equity. There is something deeply wrong with this obvious disrespect of a person’s privacy on a law blog.

  6. I don’t recall asking Paul to call me Inga, rather than Annie. I was doxxed here by some well known commenters and my real name (even my FULL name) was published here on these threads. Even information about a whistleblower court case I was involved in. Since my real name was out so to speak, I decided to just use it, but that only emboldened certain elements here to post yet more private information about me. I realized that these people would not respect my privacy nor that of my grown children. There are new commenter’s all the time and I don’t trust anyone to respect my privacy anymore. Therefore I felt that I needed to go back to using an pseudonym. The doxxing was all deleted by Professor Turley, but the cat was out of the bag and my privacy was violated. The person/ persons who did this should not be still commenting here IMO. If we can’t respect each other’s privacy on discussion forums we have no business commenting.mi am once again requesting all here call me by my pseudonym, Annie. That everyone else can seem to honor my request, except for Paul doesn’t reflect well on him.

  7. Curious;y enough, this all started with KCF who was deeply offended by the misalignment of his initials. Maybe it was a microaggression? Anyway, KCF has had three name changes: Pogo, Inquisitor, and now KCFleming. KCF has also changed avatars.

    So I guess that eliminates Dusty’s reasoning.

    Anybody want to suggest another?

  8. Perhaps BamBam you’ve also seen the ‘other side’ of some other commenter’s here.

  9. DBQ

    It’s not about whether one CAN do something–it’s about whether one SHOULD, given that this contributor has requested, repeatedly, that she be addressed by Annie. I don’t understand the big fuss, but her expressed wishes, just like yours, should be respected. While I usually hold differing opinions from those of Annie, that is no reason to purposely antagonize another who contributes here. It seems out of character for Paul C. to do so.

    1. bam bam – inga has requested that she be referred to as Inga before. I am complying with an earlier request.

  10. Seriously–why do you keep calling Annie by Inga? It’s not like you to repeatedly ignore someone’s request. Way too juvenile. I don’t get it.


    Because she continually changes her name and avatars from one name to the other and sometimes a combination of both; the last one, or maybe the one before this last one….who can remember…..was “inga-annie”. Paul can do what he wants.

  11. When, oh when, will we expose the racism of “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”?

    1. Rachel – you are behind the times. White Christmas has been deemed racist long ago and many school systems have banned it.

  12. And what of our brothers, the Great Whites, predators of the deep? Who will speak for them?

    Who defends Walter White, Byron White, Henry White?

    Is albacore tuna a racist?

  13. I, for one, am left to wonder who will launch the first salvo against The Great White Way.

  14. Actually the idea of the “Great White Hunter” is often a pejorative used in many literary contexts to describe whites as being colonial, arrogant and privileged.

  15. “Racist taunts”? Seriously Karen you need to get a grip. Look up the movie “Great White Hunter”, it’s obviously a play on words and the majority of hunters in Wisconsin are white. Since when is it racist to describe a Caucasian person as white?

    1. Inga – I find Great White Hunter to be a microaggression and should come with a trigger warning.

  16. It bothers me because it is racist. Racism would bother any ethical person. The fact that you keep posting excerpts with racist taunts does not reflect well upon you.

    It would also bother me if they called Latinos “The Great Brown Hunters.”

    1. Karen – to the best of my knowledge there is no big game south of the border except jaguars.

Comments are closed.