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A trophy hunter who was leading a guided group to hunt an elephant for its tusks was trampled to death by a young bull elephant in Zimbabwe. For a story like this, one would probably assume that we would take some sort of almost celebratory stance in the face of a hunter finding himself the hunted, but we’re kinda not gonna go there. A man is dead, elephants are being hunted for trinkets and the entire thing pretty much blows.

Seriously, this just doesn’t need to happen.

Trophy Hunter Trampled to Death By Elephant He Was Trying to HuntSamuel-Warde

The facts are these. Ian Gibson took a group of American hunters out in Zimbabwe’s Zambezi Valley in the hopes of shooting a young bull elephant he’d been tracking. According to a statement written on AfricaHunting.com, the group came close to the elephant in the hopes of assessing his ivory when the elephant went into full charge and knelt on Gibson, crushing the hunter.

This isn’t the first incident involving a trophy hunter for the company, Safari Classics, Gibson worked for either. In 2012, they lost another hunter named Owain Lewis to a Buffalo.

Once social media got wind of the story, there wasn’t a whole lot of sympathy flowing in for a guy who viewed endangered animals as dollar signs. “I wonder if the elephant took the guy’s teeth for their value,” one user queried, while another said, “I have zero sympathy for this hunter. I react to this the very same way I do when I see a bullfighter get mangled. BRAVO.” Still another commenter said, “The number of elephants is half what it was a decade or so ago and are dwindling fast. I don’t respect “hunters” who pay extraordinary fees and hire professional trackers killing shrinking numbers of elephants, rhinos, lions etc. just to feed their egos.”

Dude, those giant ivory tusks look like big parentheses with you in the middle. You could’ve just saved the elephant and wrote (asshat) on a piece of paper though.

Trophy Hunter Trampled to Death By Elephant He Was Trying to Hunt

In the camp of those who side with Gibson and other big game hunters, the argument was immediately made that the man was actually a conservationist. One person commented, “In modern times, the PH [professional hunter] is almost always an avid conservationist who works within the laws of the country to harvest wildlife that is mature and insure that the conservation of the species is well funded and that the species as a whole is healthy and at sustainable population levels.”

This is an argument for trophy hunting that has been thrown around time and time again, most recently when Ricky Gervais went after hunters who posted pictures of themselves beside felled giraffes on Twitter. It’s as ridiculous this time as always has been. Does the Louvre fund the preservation of priceless art by letting people pay to enter so they can judo kick the Mona Lisa in her smug forehead? If you’re trying to protect something, you don’t kill it. End of story.

Seems like a sensible plan.

Trophy Hunter Trampled to Death By Elephant He Was Trying to Hunt

While we can definitely understand the sentiments of those who regard Gibson and those like him with fury, we don’t celebrate anyone’s death (human or animal) and see the entire situation as utterly senseless. African elephants are being hunted to extinction, along with rhinos, for their tusks and horns. While bans on ivory are popping up in more and more countries every day, the fact remains that poaching and big game hunting are contributing to the problem and if things continue how they are, we could lose the African elephant entirely by 2030. That’s less than two decades away.

And as for Gibson? He should never have been there in the first place. Animals in the wild are…wild! We know this is a complete shocker, but it’s completely true. They are living, thinking beings with instincts for survival and they’re not really gonna be into hanging out with you, especially if they feel threatened.

Here’s a novel concept that can keep this situation from happening in the future. Let’s leave the wildlife the hell alone, m’kay? That way, we don’t have to make up a laundry list of justifications for our actions and attempt to hide under the banner of conservation as we blast them to smithereens, and they don’t have to fight for their lives and watch their numbers dwindle to nothing. There, both sides win.

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96 comments on “Remember This? Trophy Hunter Trampled to Death By Elephant He Was Trying to Hunt”

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marilyn
10 Months Ago

sorry he died but i also despises all hunting, 50 yrs ago there were 450,000 wild lions, now there are 20,000.
most hunting licenses bought by americans.


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Efesgirl
10 Months Ago

I was beyond happy when this story first broke! May every single trophy hunter be killed by their prospective "trophy"! I have nothing but hatred for these sorts of people. I hope he was dragged by Lucifer down into the depths of Hell.


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William
10 Months Ago

Yea for the elephant. One moron down a lot more to go says the elephant. Anyone who hunts and kills a majestic animal deserves the same done to them. Glad this idiot is dead.


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Nancy
10 Months Ago

Looks like karma is ramping things up. Trophy hunters and those that facilitate the slaughter are a depraved, sociopathic sub-species of both sexes. No sympathy from here.


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mary beth first
10 Months Ago

I don\'t defend anyone wanting to kill a beautiful animal who was innocent. Leave the elephants alone. That was his own fault!!!!


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Darren Pellichino
10 Months Ago

I\'m not going to defend anyone who gets killed by something he was about to kill, weather it is an elephant or a chicken. This sadly is a world where everything is trying to kill everything else or die of starvation. The need to kill for a trophy is derived from male insecurity...I have to prove how awesome I am by showing this animal part, because who I am isn\'t enough. That is lame buddy. But that isn\'t why I have no sympathy but because if an animal is about to die he has a God given right to defend himself.


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tinydancer33838
10 Months Ago

Imagine for one moment the non human animals are in control and they treat US the way we treat THEM-not very pleasant is it? Imagine waiting your turn to be slaughtered or have your skin ripped from your body while still alive? Being abused, caged, tortured, forced to \'perform\' and \'entertain\', beaten, chained, etc., I could go on. Humans are so weak, without weapons, vehicles, etc., we would be scavengers at best. I would love to see these big strong hunters with no weapons, most of us could not even catch an animal let alone take one down and kill it with our bare hands and teeth? Oh, and no cooking either or traps, if we are natural meat eaters as so many claim, we would not need them. Good riddance to bad rubbish, sorry I have no sympathy for this person. He could have been home or out doing something positive for his community instead of trying to kill an animal as a trophy.


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Cheryl Thorpe
10 Months Ago

Some people may feel sorry for this person, I, for one, DO NOT! Trophy hunters are NOT needed to "manage" animal populations. Mother Nature has done just fine for millions of years. She doesn\'t need us interfering. As far as I\'m concerned, trophy hunters are the lowest of the low. I don\'t have one bit of sympathy for ANY of them EVER.


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joannavonholten
10 Months Ago

well i call that justice, dont feel sorry for him 1 bit ,he was scum


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S.B.
11 Months Ago

I don\'t care for the word hate but I do hate trophy hunters there is somethings seriously malfunctioning in their brains. No sympathy for this guy. Why does the government still allow this?


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