This may surprise you, but pro-gun control, anti-war activist, peace loving hippie man Len Gutman does not think Bob Parsons did anything wrong when he shot an elephant in Zimbabwe the other day. I would never do it, but not only is it perfectly legal it’s an important part of the herd management program in Zimbabwe. And guess what? That elephant will feed a whole village that otherwise would not get much protein. Africa’s elephants are not endangered; in fact, many areas are overpopulated. If elephants are not hunted to keep their populations in line they will destroy the forests that provide food and shelter for other wildlife.
I have never hunted, but I did handle public relations for the International Sportsmen’s Expo for a few years and I learned a lot about hunting. For example, elephant hunting in African countries like Zimbabwe is strictly regulated and part of wildlife management programs that are vital to the protection of both humans and animals. There are quotas and, in fact, elephant populations are growing in Africa. Additionally, the costs associated to go on these elephant hunts are enormous so Mr. Parsons likely paid tens of thousands of dollars for the right to go on the hunt — money that has become a critical component to the economies of these countries. And, as I mentioned above, most of the elephants become food for an entire village once they are killed. It may not be your taste, but hey, some folks consider cow meat to be disgusting. To each his own.
Why do so many people think it’s wrong to hunt one animal but not another? We eat salmon but would never eat dolphin — too cute huh? Well, surprise surprise…some cultures do eat dolphin. And monkeys. And insects. Hey, I don’t eat meat beyond a little seafood here and there, but that’s my choice. I don’t begrudge you your hamburger.
Parsons does indeed have an image to uphold and hunting an elephant is not out of character. I’d have more sympathy for you if you boycotted Go Daddy because of its sexist advertising campaigns. You shouldn’t be surprised Parsons shot an elephant — you should be surprised he didn’t shoot one sooner.
If you’re not convinced on the merits of hunting, check out the Politically Incorrect Guide to Hunting by Frank Miniter. You’ll learn a few things, like:
- Hunters do more for conservation than environmentalists
- Professional hunters keep our airport runways safe
- Hunters have saved deer, elk, bear and waterfowl from extinction
- Hunters are major suppliers of meat to feed the homeless
Hunting may not be your cup of tea — it ain’t mine — but it’s part of who we are as a species.Tweet
the rumors are true (@ Neighbor from the 90′s)...
Sorry to see you go. avic-x920bt
First the Space Shuttle program and now this???? OH NO!...
I think it’s really funny that Jason donates money...
Sad to see you go Mr Len… been a great ride
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