According to a new report from the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, a man named Ron Thomson had shot more than 5,000 elephants, making great contributions to the rapid declination of the elephant population in the wild. In addition, he even claims to have killed 8,000 buffalo, 50-60 lions, 30-40 leopards, and about 50 hippos. He has spent 25,000 hours of hunting and is proud of it.
According to Thomson, a father of two, he is not motivated to hunt by bloodlust. Rather, he does it to help animal populations survive. He has a strong belief that if some species are not reduced, their growing numbers can destroy the habitats.
Moreover, he even went on to say that the conservationists spread “fraudulent lies” about wildlife just to attract some extra money.
He said, “I’ve done enough in my lifetime to satisfy any ‘bloodlust’ people may think I have. It wasn’t bloodlust – it was my job.
I didn’t have any sentiment. I’m totally unrepentant, a hundred – ten thousand – times over for any of the hunting I’ve done because that’s not the problem. The problem is we’ve got a bunch of so-called experts from the West telling us what to do. I’m a trained university ecologist – I must surely know something about this.
I wish I could take you by the shoulders and shake you hard and say ‘don’t assume everything you’ve heard is correct’. The African elephant is nowhere near extinct. People who say this are animal-right-ist NGOs who ask for money and tell lies to get it. When you have a healthy population you must ensure they don’t increase beyond the capacity of their habitat.”
Thomson even said that it was a “great thrill” for him to kill animals and he enjoyed it.
The Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting says that the population of elephants have slid down since the 1980s from around 1.3 million to just 400,000 today.
The founder of the campaign, Eduardo Goncalves, said, “The trophy hunting industry is slaughtering elephants left, right and centre.
Killing elephants for ‘fun’ is unacceptable, even more so because of the serious threat to its survival.
Trophy hunting is a cruel and abhorrent hangover from colonial times. The recent surge in elephant hunting shows the industry is out of control. It threatens to push endangered species to the point of no return.”
Michael Palin has written a letter to UK prime minister Theresea May as a part of the campaign to call for a ban on trophy hunting, stating, “Of all the threats to our wildlife, trophy hunting seems to be the least justifiable and the most despicable.”