NRA chief’s agonizing elephant hunt shows what’s wrong with trophy hunting

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By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson

April 28, 20217Comments

NRA chief’s agonizing elephant hunt shows what’s wrong with trophy hunting

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TheNew Yorkerbroke a story yesterday aboutthe head of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, attempting to kill an endangered elephantin Botswana. The newly released footage exemplifies the blithe depravity of trophy hunting.

The video shows LaPierre’s botched attempt to kill an African elephant, then his struggling to follow a guide’s instructions for ending the animal’s pain. Multiple misplaced gunshots and the animal is still alive; over the course of nearly 10 minutes the elephant suffers an agonizingly slow and painful death.

The footage is hard to watch, and theNew Yorkerpiece captures some appalling details about the events, including LaPierre’s wife cutting off the tail of the elephant she killed as a trophy. But this one repulsive hunt is part of a much larger…

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