NBC Sports sparks outrage for airing an NRA-sponsored show in which the host kills an elephant by shooting it in the face’Under Wild Skies’ is hosted by Tony Makris, a lobbyist for the National Rifle AssociationIn a highlighted reel from this week’s episode, Makris travels to Botswana and hunts an elephant, shooting it several times before it dies
Makris laughs as the animal lets out one last groan after the final shot and then he jokes about wanting to hunt for birdsMakris celebrates the hunt by drinking champagneSome NBC Sports viewers are now calling on the network to cancel the show
By HAYLEY PETERSON
PUBLISHED: 01:48, 25 September 2013 | UPDATED: 06:12, 26 September 2013
NBC Sports has sparked outrage for airing an NRA-sponsored show in which the host kills an elephant by shooting it in the face.
In a highlighted reel from this week’s episode of ‘Under Wild Skies,’ host Tony Makris – who is a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association – is filmed hunting an elephant in Botswana with a guide.
Makris and the guide hide behind brush about 20 feet away from the animal and talk about shooting it in the face, before Makris fires a couple shots.
‘I’m bent over literally shootin’ through a hole in the trees,’ he says to the guide, just before firing the two shots.
He hits the animal, but does not kill it. The elephant cries out in pain and runs off, but doesn’t get far enough away to escape its fate.
Makris fires another shot and the animal lets out a long, loud groan. Then Makris begins chuckling.
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