"Human greed continues to outweigh the value of life," Scott Blaise, CEO of the Global Sanctuary for Elephants (GSE), told The Dodo. "There are few elephants of this iconic status who remain; as trophy hunters take them out one by one, elephants as we know them may be forever changed."
The Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association (ZPHGA) is calling the death of this elephant “a genuine mistake due to a lack of communication.” A photo of the hunter, who reportedly traveled from Russia to participate in the hunt, has surfaced, showing him standing proudly beside the dead elephant.
"Considering all we know about elephants, their sentience, their family structures and emotional capacity, trophy hunting is utterly unjustifiable and belongs in the past," the DSWT spokesperson said. "For this elephant, his collar should have afforded him a safety net. Now, however, we’ll no longer be able to learn from this bull whose life was spent for the thrill of a kill."