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NBC sports show on legal elephant hunt outrages Twitter

The latest social media outrage surrounds a controversial episode of NBC’s sports show “Under Wild Skies,” in which NRA lobbyist Tony Makris shoots an elephant in Botswana, and afterwards drinks a glass of champagne to celebrate.

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Huffpost at least was honest enough to report on the legality of the hunt, and how it actually helps fund conservation:

Controlled big game hunting still goes on in Africa and many reserves are set up by governments, who use money paid by rich safari hunters to fund broader conservation efforts. Elephant numbers in Botswana, however, have declined so greatly that a ban on hunting has been legislated. That ban won’t come into force until next year.

But other media outlets spewed only outrage and few facts under headlines like, “NRA Lobbyist Shoots an Elephant in the Face Then Drinks Champagne to Celebrate His Kill.”

https://twitter.com/sortofprofound/status/383024481590992896

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https://twitter.com/MarthaPlimpton/status/383027729504813056

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https://twitter.com/MCL1VE/status/382850221304057856
https://twitter.com/Oshianna2U/status/383005793550749697

Really? People in all countries other than the U.S. oppose Big Game hunting? That guy needs to stop watching MSNBC and get out more.

Then there’s this charming woman, whose reaction to the show was to hope that Africans starve:

https://twitter.com/sandrabooker/status/382921065632391168

At the time this post was published, a petition being circulated had gathered only 2,141 signatures to cancel the show.

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