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.
Huffpost at least http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/25/tony-makris-elephant_n_3989341.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false#slide=757695on 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, “https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CDEQqQIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ryot.org%2Ffor-sport-and-ivory-nra-lobbyist-tony-makris-shoots-an-elephant-in-the-face-then-drinks-champagne-to-celebrate-his-kill%2F387425&ei=D_lDUuflMMPqrAHg_YDYBQ&usg=AFQjCNEBS2izRJOPOz7P7JeThFhWGHBDGg&bvm=bv.53217764,d.aWM
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:
At the time this post was published, a petition being circulated had https://twitter.com/MarthaPlimpton/status/383124554001829888 to cancel the show.