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

 on Monday, 13 March 2017  

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.

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.



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.







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.

Via OneGreenPlanet
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51 comments:

  1. does this mean that the GOP is going to trample Trump to end this farce?

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    1. I sure hope so-- his to stupid kids do this Trophy hunting & bragging ALL the time--- A tusk through the Face-- would be real nice--

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    2. Moron who can't leave politics out. F you

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    3. This IS political. Republicans are going after endangered species in this country too. They not only don't care, they actively work to bring the natural world to its knees. So right back atcha.

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    4. you are an idiot, name an endangered species legally hunted in the united staes

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    5. Wolves, cougar, various species of bear, others I'm sure. YOU would be, and are, the idiot, which is not an endangered species.

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    6. Do only conservatives go hunting? Learn that from CNN?

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  2. As usually Anti-Hunters don't have a clue about conservation of Wildlife and sustainable Habitat. We as a species have been Hunters thru the Ages. Hunters follow Conservation Law and fund 80% of ALL Conservation, Enforcement Programs and set asides of Lands to insure their survival. Anti's are all emotions and empty words.

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    1. Applause! They're never gonna get it Deerslayer. Same mentality as the wackos who shoot up abortion clinics.

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    2. Wackos shooting up abortion clinics, I like it, let the baby butchers feel what the babies go through before being slaughtered.

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    3. Deerslayer54: Based on your assertion, one is given to wonder how elephants ever managed to survive without trophy hunters during the millions of years of homosapien's evolutionary development prior to the invention of the gun and dimwitted people like you willing to use them to bag ivory and a testosterone rush.

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    4. Conservation idea posted above states hunting only old or sick elephants yet the post about Gibson's death said they were tracking a YOUNG bull to assess the ivory! Typical hypocrisy.

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    5. Yes...because all the hunters that were involved in almost wiping out the Buffalo in the U.S.A. were doing it to help save the species.

      You are so full of shit...I can smell you from New Zealand.

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    6. Well you have to know that the fresh, gooey BS would come out quickly.
      This was trophy hunting of a severely endangered species. These "hunters" (actually greedy, psychotic pigs) are doing this solely for the $$ and couldn't give a rat's patootie about the potential extinction of a species.
      I am a hunter from childhood, I get a great deal of my protein from elk and deer, but I emphatically hunt nothing for its trophy value. And I hunt only what is NOT endangered.

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    7. While there is a need to manage herd size (because of reduced habitat size and natural predation too many elephants per hectare cause incredible ecological destruction; this would not be the case were their habitat entirely intact and apex predators not equally hunted)it is best done by indigenous people who both revere the animals and use all parts of them.

      Trophy hunters have demonstrated over and and over that they are neither conservationists nor ecologically astute. For better or worse culling must be done. But trying to kill a young bull was clearly not a culling tactic.

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    8. Do the world a favour and turn the gun on yourself,cunto.

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  3. sure.......Animals were hunted for FOOD thru the early times NOT SPORT YOU FUK

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  4. That should be ensure not insure. I hate celebrity hunters that cannot spell.

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  5. Amazing that animal species managed to survive for thousands, even millions of year, with the need for man to cull the herds.

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  6. Just for those who don't know this, the countries where elephants are not legally hunted as trophies are by coincidence the countries where the population is plummeting, the places like Zimbabwe where they have real value the populations are growing. So it would seem wise use is a viable conservation model.

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  7. As usual the story is total fucking bullshit. It has been illegal to export Ivory for over 10 years. So this Hunter wasn't hunting the elephant for ivory as the article seems to indicate. Elephants are culled out of necessity because of lack of habitat and the destruction they do to the farmers land. The farmers have taken over the wild areas where where the elephants once migrated to raise their crops. When the elephants raid the crops they are butchered or they are hunted down for their meat by poachers. Millions of hunters dollars go towards supporting conservation by funding park rangers and anti-poaching units. In Kenya where they banned all trophy hunting several years ago there are almost no wild animals left. When the value of the animals derived through trophy fees goes away so do the animals. It is a harsh reality but true. The only way for these animals to survive is through controlled and regulated ethical culling of animals who can no longer survive in the remaining habitat left to them.

    This story seems to be another example of the well meaning but totally misguided PETA members who have no concept of the reality of the circumstances in Africa.

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    1. Not to mention the affect poaching has on the animal populations. Plus the anti-hunters contribute zero dollars for conservation only a bunch of hot air.

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  8. This "article" doesn't make much sense. NKNOWN, according to the article, he was a well known TROPHY HUNTER, thus not a person hunting animals that needed to be culled. Trophy hunters take out the best of the animals, thus weakening the gene pool. I shall NEVER condone trophy hunting.

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  9. This "article" doesn't make much sense. NKNOWN, according to the article, he was a well known TROPHY HUNTER, thus not a person hunting animals that needed to be culled. Trophy hunters take out the best of the animals, thus weakening the gene pool. I shall NEVER condone trophy hunting.

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  10. Rarely do these majestic animals have a chance to protect themselves against high tech weapons used by immoral people with no reverence for life. Justified!

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  11. Rarely do these majestic animals have a chance to protect themselves against high tech weapons used by immoral people with no reverence for life. Justified!

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  12. I think, this can be inspiring to a lot of people. crowd fund raising can be life saving for them. We all can raise funds altogether for them.

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  13. Let's see - these guys say they are killing elephants.......in order to save them.

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  14. Why is this story from 2 years ago being re-posted again?

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    1. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/professional-big-game-hunter-ian-gibson-crushed-to-death-by-elephant-during-hunt-10186864.html

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  15. "...we don’t celebrate anyone’s death (human or animal)" is nonsense. Jack Kevorkian and his assisted suicide machine not only made headlines euthanizing terminally ill men and women but he was praised for it. I'm not for wanton killing of any human or animal but if the public was applauding euthanizing humans, guess what?

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  16. seriously f*** you for saying that a man is dead. That piece of s*** is not a man and he got what he deserves. To bad he died to fast.

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  17. Well truth is we as a species are supposed to care for and protect wildlife and use it as necessary to sustain ourselves....I don't think anyone there was cold and in need of a coat or hungry.and needing a set of livery flatware! Idk just thinkin

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  18. Cant believe that someone would say even connect this "trophy hunter" to conservation. What an absolute idiot.

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  19. OMG It is painfully obvious that "Trophy Hunters" DO NOT kill animals because they care about conservation. They do it because they love it. They love the power of the kill. They do it because they need validation. They need to control.... Oh and political corruption helps a lot when it comes to moving heads, hides, and ivory out of one country into another. Wake up and grow up .

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  20. Don't hunt these beautiful animals....

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  21. Did the elephant pose with its trophy?

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  22. Humans are an endangered species. Elephant are trying to preserve them.

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  23. The elephant only does it for the sport.

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  24. Please don't give us bullshit about how you're going to stay unbiased on the story and then go completely biased two paragraphs later... just saying.

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  25. What is wrong with you blockheads? Don't you know anything about Africa? The population of Zim has grown 6x from what it was 50 years ago. With less food available than 50 years ago and a 600% increase in people the ONLY reason wild animals still exist in Zim is because they have monetary value beyond what the empty land would have. If you take away that then the native people will have no reason not to kill them all and use the land for whatever purposes feed their families. Perhaps if you actually looked at Countries that have banned hunting to see how their indigenous animal populations are doing you wouldn't sound like such morons when you comment.

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  26. I'm glad the twat got killed. Simple.

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