Unknown Elephant Taken In Legal, Ethical, Hunt In Zimbabwe

By Dean Weingarten

Unknown Elephant Taken In Legal, Ethical, Hunt In Zimbabwe
Unknown Elephant Taken In Legal, Ethical, Hunt In Zimbabwe
Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- This magnificent, unknown  elephant was taken in a successful, legal, ethical, hunt in Zimbabwe.

The bull elephant had never been seen before, and likely would have died with no one knowing of its existence if the hunt had not taken place.

From telegraph.co.uk:

Mystery surrounded the identity of the elephant, which was estimated to have been between 40 and 60 years old, but had never been seen before in Zimbabwe’s southern Gonarezhou National Park.

But its tusks, which touch the ground in a photograph taken moments after its shooting, confirmed its exceptional nature, weighing an estimated 120lb each.

Social Justice Warriors (SJW) are attempting to create a replay of the witch hunt of Dr. Walter Palmer, who successfully hunted a lion in Zimbabwe earlier this year.   In the earlier witch hunt against Dr. Palmer, the spin was that the lion was known, had a name, was a draw for tourists, was taken illegally, and was not killed cleanly.  Some of those contentions are true, some are uncertain or unknown.

What is known about the taking of the elephant is that none of the above apply.

The elephant was not known. It had never been seen before. It was not named. It was not collared. It was not a draw for tourists. It was taken legally, in a fair chase hunt, and killed cleanly and humanely.

The outside world of humans would never have known of the existence of this elephant if a hunter had not gone to the wilds of Africa, hired the best local guide, hunted hard and long, and with considerable luck, managed to bag this magnificent animal before it died of natural causes.

What both Cecil the Lion and this unnamed elephant have in common is that they were old dominant males who would likely have died before very long, from causes outside of human hunting.

Opponents of hunting want to believe that nothing ever dies.  They want to believe that death in nature is somehow nobler and better than death by a human hunter.  The opposite is true.  Human hunters kill far more humanely (note the root of the word) than the vast majority of the deaths in nature.  No picture of the magnificent bull would be preserved in nature.  No human would have ever known that it had existed.  It had already contributed its genetics to the wild elephant population.

What the opposition to the elephant hunt shows is that the opponents are simply opponents of all hunting, without regard to facts or logic, legality or morality or effects of their actions.

It is emotional driven. The problem with emotionally driven arguments is that they often produce results opposite of what is desired.

The real threat to elephant populations is poaching and loss of habitat.  Legal hunting, with managed populations of game animals, significantly aids in habitat protection and the reduction of poaching, by creating value in the sustained viable populations of the game animals.  This has the ancillary effect of preserving game habitat, which benefits all the animal populations in the ecosystem.

By opposing legal hunting, SJWs put all the habitat and animal populations at risk.  When the elephants are gone, there will be no more pictures of magnificent bull elephants taken in fair chase hunts.

Then the SJWs will have achieved their goal.  They will no longer emote about elephants killed in the wild, because there will not be any wild elephants any longer.

Make elephants of no value to any hunters and only poachers;  destroy the legal ivory market and drive up the price of illegal ivory; and you aid in the destruction of wild elephants and wild elephant habitat.

To preserve wild elephants, the local human population needs to have value in preserving them and their habitat.  That is what happens with legal hunting.  It happens best with stable governments that are not corrupt.

The encouragement of unstable, corrupt governments in Africa, by the left, is a subject for another time.

 

c2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona conce aled carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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George S
George S
5 years ago

Sorry liberals, you were wrong on this one. Go move to Africa and see how long you can stay in the jungle with all the widdle cwitters you want to pwotect. Idiots

TEX
TEX
5 years ago

Look how proud that ole boy is in that picture. That ole boy got the trophy of a lifetime and he knows it. I would be grinning ear to ear too !

Capn Jack
Capn Jack
5 years ago

WOW ! That sure put a twist in their spandex and brought out the whiners….

jamie
jamie
5 years ago

Some suggested that the elephant might be a massive bull called Nkombo, who was a satellite collared elephant from the Kruger who lost his collar in 2014

Tred
Tred
5 years ago
Reply to  jamie

Only Social Justice Warriors like yourself trying to stir up hate against the greatest wildlife conservation tool the world has ever ween.

Just Alex_82nd
Just Alex_82nd
5 years ago

If you think shooting and killing an animal just for sport is ethical, you’re fu*&ed up and need to re-examine your values and ethics. I would rather shoot a scumbag hunter than a magnificent creature.

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The Rifleman
The Rifleman
5 years ago

“quote” It happens best with stable governments that are not corrupt. “end quote.”
Is there such a thing as that anywhere in this world?

JohnC
JohnC
5 years ago

Why did you write this article/ Simply to inflame the anti-hunters? To gain acclaim from whom? Why not let the event go? Aggrandizement of hunting is in itself is unethical in some ways.

jamie
jamie
5 years ago

Being legal does not make it ethical.

F Riehl, Editor in Chief
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Reply to  jamie

Not agreeing with wildlife management does not make it unethical.

jamie
jamie
5 years ago

Are you even serious? Elephants are endangered species. You should not be hunting endangered exotic species. Your arguments are very flawed. Elephants can live 60 to 70 years. There is absolutely no way you could possibly know that the animal was nearing the end of it’s life span or if it had already made its dna contribution.. Since you mention tusk. Ivory trade is completely illegal. there were between 3 and 5 million African elephants as recently as the 1930s and 1940s Between 1980 and 1990 the population of African elephants was more than halved, from 1.3 million to around… Read more »

F Riehl, Editor in Chief
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Reply to  jamie

Sorry but you are miss informed, African Elephants ( Loxodonta africana ) are not endangered.

I know you won’t believe we are more informed than you so visit WorldWildlife.org ‘s list of endangered animals. Yeah NO African elephant.

In fact African Elephants are listed as “Successful conservation efforts in certain areas have led to high population densities in need of culling”

Lava
Lava
5 years ago

Isn’t this supposed to be in “Conservation”?