A professional hunter and his wealthy American client spent days in northern Namibia (neighboring Zambia and Zimbabwe) tracking down game prey including buffalo, zebra and leopard. The client’s biggest priority was to kill an elephant, reports Sky News.
Reporters from the publication accompanied professional hunter, Jofie Lamprecht into the regions of Zambezi to find an elephant, and for four days the group tracked elephants in search of one whose life was doomed because he was old and “near the end of his life” as explained by Lamprecht. And then one old elephant was singled out; a huge bull elephant, but with the drawback of only having one tusk – the other one had broken off.
For a little while, the men sat and watched the herd of 30 elephants peacefully grazing, when the spoiled American fired the first shot and it hit the elephant in the shoulder – only wounding him. And with that, the torturous slaughter began. Lamprecht shot, and this time the bullet struck the animal’s leg. Rearing up in total shock and fright, the animal bellowed out his pain and ran off from the herd; the hunters running behind him in quick pursuit of an innocent animal hunted for his tusk.
When finally the hunters caught up with the elephant some four hours later, it took another seven shots to end the animal’s misery as the last shot was carried out by the tourist hunter – possibly so he could put a notch in his belt for killing a gravely injured animal who could no longer defend himself or fight.
“Shoot him between the ears,” Lamprecht orders. “We do it because we love them.”
And then both Lamprecht and the hunter cry as an African elephant is lost forever as their numbers drastically dwindle in the world. In the last seven years, the population has declined by 30%. A group of 29 countries, under the name of the African Elephant Coalition is meeting to organize a permanent ban on the international ivory trade driving this egregious “sport.” In Namibia, however, authorities contend their elephant population is increasing, but they are focused on trophy hunting to bring in huge amounts of money from tourists around the world – identifying themselves as game hunters.
So the meat of the dead bull elephant was soon cut away and distributed to neighboring villages, but the head and the tusk were carted away and secretly guarded until it is cleaned up and shipped back to America for big bucks and a spot on some hunter’s wall.
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