Is it appropriate to kill an elephant if it’s hunted legally? Apparently Twitter users don’t think so.
Australian star cricket bowler Glenn McGrath is in a hailstorm of negative Twitter comments for a controversial 2008 safari. One Twitter user saw McGrath posing with his trophies on Chipitani Safari’s website, and she took no time to call him out on killing buffalo and endangered elephants.
Although the photos have since been removed from Chipitani’s website, McGrath almost immediately took to Twitter to apologize for the hunt.
The “difficult time” to which McGrath referred to was the untimely death of his wife Jane after breast cancer surgery. Although she disapproved of her husband’s pastime, Jane gifted McGrath, a lifetime member of the Sporting Shooter’s Association of Australia, a special hunting rifle before her death. In fact, McGrath never made any qualms about his love of the sport, and even expressed his desire to hunt big game in Africa during a 2006 interview.
“I’m keen to get into trophy hunting, no animal in particular, but a big safari in Africa would be great,” McGrath told Australia Shooter Magazine.
Unfortunately for McGrath, the backlash hasn’t stopped even after his apology.