The young African elephant looks almost angelic as if peacefully asleep until one is jarred into reality by the small bullet hole, trickling blood, in a direct center hit on her face. Almost immediately one’s attention is focused on the awkward position of her body, front legs tucked under and head butted up against a small tree.
Yet another African elephant has been needlessly killed.
This is cruelty of the worst order, when two human braggarts (one a professional hunter, Max ‘Buzz’ Delezenne; the other an American professional businessman, Mike Jines) take the lives of two endangered African elephants, and then proudly lay claim to their feat.
In typical trophy hunting fashion both Delezenne & Mike Jines, reported by The Daily Mail as “a partner with TopGen Energy in Alpharetta GA” pose, clutching rifles, and grinning triumphantly over their prey.
Is it any wonder that those on social media, those with even an ounce of human kindness in their hearts for our endangered wild animals, (unlike you, Mike Jines) are outraged?
Mike Jines, of TopGen Energy, backtracked by saying both he and Delezenne shot & killed the elephants “in self-defense, in an unprovoked charge and both elephants were fully mature cows, not juveniles“.
Which is it Mr. Jines? Those wandering the wilds of Africa carrying rifle with a “professional hunter from Charlton McCallum Hunting Safaris” would obviously be called out as a trophy hunter.
And trophy hunters are no better than blood ivory elephant poachers, leading to the demise of this magnificent species.
In no way can killing elephants ever be justified.
Even if it is done under the guise of wildlife conservation Killing elephants is wrong.
Resource & for all of the graphic photos see “Georgia businessman who was pictured holding a gun and standing over two dead baby elephants insists he killed the creatures in self defense when they charged him – after social media backlash targeted his business” by Valerie Edwards for DailyMail.com
Images: CC Flickr: B&W drawing Head of Elephant Big Game 1910;
B&W Twentieth Century Era (between 1908 & 1920) elephant trophy hunter sitting atop dead elephant