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Subject:  Re: OTish: what sort of scum shoots an elephant. Date:  2/9/2013  12:23 AM
Author:  JDCRex Number:  1858618 of 2207196

In other words, the elephants are going to be killed by amateurs in any case

Not really. In a strange way, there ARE "professionals" at work. The ivory poachers use machine guns. Perversely, they have a vested interest in getting the animals down quickly so they can get on with their work and move on.

The cashed-up big game hunters want to do it all old-school.

And once more - the need to cull is most definitely NOT a settled matter.

so while the tourist might care about the elephant's suffering, the game warden probably won't.

The local wardens in the report seemed very committed. And perfectly attuned to suffering. They spent a hell of a lot of effort guiding an exhausted and traumatised juvenile whose mother had been killed to an airfield so it could be taken to a refuge.
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