NRA head Wayne LaPierre shot an endangered elephant in Botswana before his wife shot another, killing both the animals, shows a newly released video.
Recorded in 2013, the video was initially released Tuesday, outraging wildlife conservationists seeking to preserve endangered species.
The animal lies immobile on the ground after three shots by the executive vice president of the NRA in Okavango Delta, a vast inland river delta in northern Botswana.
After the elephant is finanlly slaughtered by somebody else, the guides pat LaPierre, NRA head since 1991, on the back, saying "well done," "congratulations" and "That was one heck of an elephant hunt."
The ten-minute video, which displays not just LaPierre’s brutality but also his poor marksmanship, was supposedly being filmed for an NRA TV channel, but it never aired until it was released by The New Yorker and The Trace.
"Savannah elephants were just declared endangered by international experts, and these intelligent beings certainly shouldn’t be used as paper targets by an inept marksman," Tanya Sanerib, international legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. "It’s sickening to see LaPierre’s brutal, clumsy slaughter of this beautiful creature. No animal should suffer like this. We’re in the midst of a poaching epidemic, and rich trophy hunters like the NRA chief are blasting away at elephants while the international community calls for stiffer penalties for poachers – what message does that send?
Susan LaPierre then shoots another elephant, bringing it to the ground. She then fires into the elephant’s stomach, cuts off its tail and holds it up to the camera.
"Victory," she says. "That’s my elephant tail. Way cool."
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