In order to grab the money, MET declared Pioneer a “problem elephant” despite letters from local groups that the claims of crossing into communities were false. That did not matter. Someone wanted a thrill kill and Namibian officials wanted the money.
I will again express my confusion on why there is such a thrill to these kills for trophy hunters. I am not sure of the trophy that is commonly obtained from a hippo. However, shooting a hippo with a high-powered rifle is about as challenging shooting cars in the airport parking lot. Yet, thrilled hunters are shown posing with the dead animals
like they have achieved something truly grand in the killing such animals.
We previously wrote about the disturbing pictures of trophy hunter Tess Thompson Talley posing with her giant dead giraffe like it was some great feat to shoot a giraffe standing still eating leaves. She told “CBS This Morning” “ I am proud of that giraffe.” She said that she had his skin made into a gun case that “everybody loves” as well as a couple decorative pillows. She added “He was delicious. He really was. Not only was he beautiful and majestic, he was good.”
Yup, I saw a beautiful and majestic giant giraffe so I killed it and turned it into decorative pillows and a gun case. As a lifelong outdoorsman, I cannot get my mind around that logic.