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Gary Lineker, 60, took to social media and shared his disgust after footage emerged of a botched elephant hunt. The video showed the head of the US National Rifle Association (NRA) repeatedly shooting an elephant in Botswana.
The clip featured Wayne LaPierre and his wife on a hunt and was filmed by the NRA-sponsored television series Under Wild Skies in 2013.
The footage finally came to light after it was published by the New Yorker earlier this year.
According to reports, the graphic video shows Mr LaPierre firing at the animal from point-blank range.
After Mr LaPierre struggles to kill it, another hunter takes the fatal shot.
Later in the footage, Mr LaPierre’s wife Susan allegedly kills another elephant herself, cutting off its tail and holding it in the air saying “Victory”.
The Match of the Day presenter retweeted an article that detailed the couple’s actions which sparked outrage with animal rights activists.
In view of his 8.1 million followers, Gary shared his fury after reading about the elephant hunt.
He tweeted: “How could you ever do this? Truly abhorrent.”
Fans flocked to comment on the post, as many shared their disgust at animal hunting.
One wrote: “To want to cause wild animals suffering like that indicates they are devoid of all compassion and decency.”
Another commented: “Anyone, who is thinking or has already hurt as elephant in anyway, should be watching this movie.
“They are the most magnificent creatures, who much more intelligent than we think.”
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“Oh my God this is absolutely horrific. Stomach churning horrific. The world has to take a stand against this most abhorrent of behaviour,” a third tweeted.
A fourth remarked: “Victory? Like the elephant was in any kind of competition with humans… horrible. Sad & sick.”
Following the release of the video in April, it led to an outcry from animal rights groups.
At the time it was not illegal to hunt elephants in Botswana, though it has since been restricted.
In November last year, the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Endangered Species listed the species of elephant killed as endangered.
Botswana has more than 130,000 elephants and officials had banned the hunting of the animals in 2014.
However, the decision was revoked in May 2019 with the move being heavily criticised by conservationists.
Last year, the government auctioned off hunting permits to hunt elephants.
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