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Big Game Hunter Crushed by Elephant - Carlos Gamino
By Carlos Gamino

No matter how you feel about big game hunting—and I know it’s a controversial subject—it’s always a tragedy when someone dies.

That was the case for 51-year-old Theunis Botha, a big-game hunter who 
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What Goes Around, Comes Around: Big Game Hunter Crushed by Elephant

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was killed by an elephant in mid-May. Botha was leading an elephant hunt in Zimbabwe; he and his group found a herd of breeding elephants, and when they charged, Botha opened fire. One elephant charged in from the side, lifting Botha with its trunk. Another hunter shot the elephant, and it collapsed and fell on Botha, crushing him under its weight.

Trophy hunting isn’t illegal, although many critics feel it should be. It doesn’t “help” local communities, either, according to National Geographic. According to the magazine, “Killing more elephants to help save the species is one counterintuitive strategy for preserving them. Here’s the thinking: Invite hunters from rich countries to pay generous fees to shoot specified numbers of elephants, and use that money for conservation and to help give local communities a boost. Do that, the theory goes, and poor villagers won’t need to poach elephants to feed their families.”

That’s not how it works in real life, though. The fees for trophy hunting rarely trickle down to poor villagers who need the money and the help, and it’s not stopping poaching, either.

The elephant population is in grave danger, too. Between 2009 and 2014, Tanzania’s elephant population dropped more than 60 percent. Mozambique lost half their elephants during the same period, too. In those two countries, elephants are at risk of extinction.

What Do You Think?

Do you think Botha’s death was karma in action, or are you on the side of trophy hunters? I know it’s controversial, so I’d love to hear your thoughts on my Facebook page or on Twitter.

Carlos Gamino