James Holmes

Would You Shoot This Elephant?

Filed By James Holmes | May 03, 2012 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: animal rights, Jimmy John Liautaud, Jimmy John's, Shanthi, Smithsonian National Zoo

Harmonica.jpgMy post from earlier this week on the founder of Jimmy John's sandwich chain, Jimmy John Liautaud, and his lust for big game hunting has spawned a lot of comments from both ends of the animal rights spectrum.

Arguments for population control, and "poachers would get them anyway," while sometimes an arguable ethical choice, just does not work as an excuse for me. These are thinking, feeling creatures.

Yes there is plenty of killing in the animal kingdom, and even as a vegan, if a cheetah was running at me, I might shoot it. But aren't we as humans able to rise above senseless killing for sport at the least?

My mind always goes back to The Most Dangerous Game where as wikipedia puts it:

[The story] feature as its main character a big-game hunter from New York, who falls off a yacht and swims to an isolated island in the Caribbean, where he is hunted by a Cossack aristocrat. The story is an inversion of the big-game hunting safaris in Africa and South America that were fashionable among wealthy Americans in the 1920s.

All that to say, when I saw this video today from the Smithsonian's National Zoo of one of its elephants, Shanthi, I had to post it. A mother of one, she has taken up the hobby of playing the harmonica - and it is not a trick she was taught. She shows creativity and thoughtfulness. Would you shoot her for fun? Check out the video after the jump.

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