Wildlife conservationists are furious after posting a video before The New Yorker And the Traceability On Tuesday, the president of the National Rifle Association and his wife are shown shooting an endangered elephant in Botswana in 2013.
News outlets said they obtained a copy of the video, which was originally shot for an NRA-sponsored TV series but never aired due to PR concerns.
In the ten-minute video, Wayne Lapier Jr., executive vice president of the Natural Resources Authority, can be seen shooting and hitting a savannah elephant that his guides have tracked down in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. The video shows LaPierre’s failure to kill the animal with three shots at close range as the animal lies immobile on the ground.
“Do you want to do it for him?” Finally, one guide told the other before man shot the last shot.
Then, guides pinned the Lapier on his back, saying “Well done”, “Congratulations” and “It was one of the elephant searches.”
The NRA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Savannah elephants have recently been transferred to an endangered status On the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species, a global authority on species status, according to the Center for Biological Diversity, it is a US-based nonprofit that works to protect endangered species.
“International experts have declared that savannah elephants are threatened with extinction, and it is certain that these intelligent creatures should not be used as paper targets by incompetent archers,” said Tania Snireb, international legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity, in a statement.
“It is upsetting to see the brutal and clumsy Lapierre massacre of this beautiful creature. No animal like that should suffer. We are in the midst of an epidemic of poaching, and rich bounty hunters like the head of the NRA are attacking the elephants while the international community is calling for tougher penalties for poachers – what Is the message that it sends? ”
The second half of the video shows clues helping Susan Lapier shoot another elephant. When the first shot was fired, the elephant fell to the ground. She fired again into the elephant’s stomach before slashing the elephant’s tail and holding it in front of the camera.
“Victory,” she says, adding, “This is my elephant tail. Really cool.”
The LaPierres fishing expedition came on the heels of December 2012, Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School In Newtown, Connecticut, when a 20-year-old man shot 20 children and six adults.
In response to the shooting, LaPierre gave a speech Lawmakers called for police officers to be placed in every school and condemn “media”, violent video games and music videos depicting “murder as a way of life.”
“Then they have the audacity to call it“ entertainment, ”Lapier said in the statement.“ But is this what it really is? Isn’t fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really filthy form of pornography? ”
LaPierre, a native of New York, has been the CEO of the NRA since 1991. The controversial organization, with more than 5 million members, has faced financial and leadership turmoil, most notably a general power struggle between LaPierre and NRA chief Oliver North that ended with the ouster of the North in the year 2000. 2019.
Last year, a New York attorney general, who is seeking to close down the gun rights organization, charged Lapier and three other NRA leaders Participate in a scam scheme Which contributed $ 64 million in losses and financed luxury lifestyles including private jet travel to exclusive resorts. Earlier this year, a New York judge denied the NRA’s move to dismiss the lawsuit, allowing it to go ahead in state court in Manhattan.