5. Elephants are intelligent, gentle, emotionally complex creatures -- not trophies!
Ultimately, we believe any discussion of trophy hunting is fundamentally flawed because it treats an elephant as a commercial product that can be bought, sold, and murdered for a rich person's entertainment. But an elephant is not a trophy. An elephant is an intelligent, noble being who deserves our protection. A trophy is won by a person who has created stellar music, for instance, or awarded to an athlete for winning a soccer match.
Zimbabwe is selling off its baby elephants as if they were a sack of beans, instead of a group of socially complex, sensitive, and smart beings. Elephant calves, who are dependent on their mothers, belong to a highly evolved, compassionate, and family-oriented species. Removing vulnerable and fragile baby elephants with complex needs from the wild is unethical and inhumane.
When an elephant is killed by a trophy hunter, or murdered by a poacher, or kidnapped and sold, that elephant's entire family suffers. Mother elephants mourn the loss of their babies deeply. Wildlife crime creates a cycle of pain and death that spirals down the path toward extinction - unless we stop it.