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Old 05-24-2017, 01:05 AM   #1
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'Big Game Hunter Killed by Elephant in Zimbabwe'


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' South African big game hunter was killed in Zimbabwe on Friday when an elephant that had been shot by another hunter fell on him.

The hunter, Theunis Botha, 51, from South Africa, had been leading paying tourists on hunting trips for over three decades.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/w...unis-botha.htm

hooray.
 
Old 05-24-2017, 08:28 AM   #2
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serves him right -- haha to him I say - it is not like he needed its meat to live off of, just for sport, just so he'd have something to brag about what he'd killed.. haha now the elephant has bragging rights, talk about irony.
 
Old 05-24-2017, 08:53 PM   #3
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Although I am not a hunter, I grew up in a family of hunters--hunters who ate what they killed, stopped at the limit, respected the animals they pursued, and supported conservation. And I do like it when I am gifted with some venison that has been obtained legally.

Nevertheless, I must say I find it difficult to find sympathy for those who kill for the sheer joy of it or to prove that they are Real Big Men.

Just my two cents.
 
Old 05-25-2017, 12:27 AM   #4
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I find it difficult to find sympathy for those who kill for the sheer joy of it or to prove that they are Real Big Men.
Have you read 'The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber'?
 
Old 05-25-2017, 01:55 AM   #5
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I agree. I don't mind in the least if someone shoots a pheasant for the pot or kills a fox that has attacked his chickens, but only psychopaths kill for pleasure. Mind you, the anti-hunting brigade can also behave ridiculously at times.

Maybe some of you can remember the brouhaha that exploded a few months ago when an American dentist who had gone on holiday to Africa to shoot a lion, shot one who happened to be famous and had been given a name. A regular twitter storm was orchestrated against him, his house was trashed, he lost all his patients and had to be put under police guard. As he said, rather pathetically, it wasn't his fault that he had killed the wrong lion. If it had been any other lion, I'm sure no one would have given a damn, although presumably the lion would have suffered just as much (or as little).
 
Old 06-04-2017, 09:03 AM   #6
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Even Hunting and then eating the kill is only acceptiblle if you REALLY need it, not just to satisfy a whim.
 
Old 06-04-2017, 11:34 AM   #7
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Have you read 'The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber'?
That's a good story.
 
Old 06-04-2017, 06:36 PM   #8
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What goes around, comes around ... ha ha!
 
Old 06-04-2017, 09:32 PM   #9
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'The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber'
Never read it.

I've never managed to finish a novel by Hemingway or Dickens, except David Copperfield, which was homework (well, with Dickens, I did manage to finish a few short stories voluntarily).

AFAIC, Dickens is what happens when you pay writers by the word. (That in no way implies that I don't respect Dickens for what he did to highlight the injustices of Victorian society, which was impressive.) Hemingway never did it for me; I'm more of a Somerset Maugham kind of guy.

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