Australian politician says the elephant he slaughtered and ate was ‘delicious’

2016-06-02 10:21
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Australian politician Robert Borsak has described killing an elephant in Zimbabwe and eating it, saying "I think it tastes as good as the best Wagyu beef".

In a parliamentary session on Tuesday evening, Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham asked if Borsak had eaten the dead African elephants that he has repeatedly posed next to, to which Borsak replied "Yes."

Borsak, a NSW state MP, recalled to those in parliament that he had killed and eaten an elephant in Zimbabwe.

The pro-hunting politician made the admission during tirade against the "insidious growth of skewed animal rights ideology." 

“Animals do not have intrinsic human right,” he told the Senate. “Humans have a right to eat meat if they choose to do so. It is as simple as that”.

Buckingham criticised Borsak for the salughter. "It's sick to shoot and kill an elephant for thrills, and it's revolting that Mr Borsak would eat the elephant...he's unfit for office."

Borsak told Australian talk radio Radio 2UE that he had felt 'a little bit of elation, a little bit of joy and a little bit of sadness' when he shot a 24 year old elephant with a magnum rifle in Zimbabwe.

'Africa is protein starved'

Borsak first caused outrage in 2013 after photos emerged of him posing next to a dead elephant.

He has defended his actions, saying "I choose to hunt and gather my own meat because it is my right to do so, it's a clean, organic and sustainable way to live.... Africa is protein-starved and, quite literally, nothing is wasted of these animals."

The Australian politician again landed himself in hot water last year after defending the actions of a US dentist who infamously shot and killed Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion. 

Taking to his Facebook page, he said "There has been a complete overreaction to the death of one lion and the emotional reaction is irrational when you look at what's happening around the world, like what's happening in the Middle East with those barbarians ISIS killing innocent children and men and women and the drug war.' 

According to News Corp, Mr Borsak is planning another hunting trip to Zimbabwe next year, saying his trips benefit local communities.

Read more on:    zimbabwe  |  australia  |  cecil the lion  |  conservation  |  hunting

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