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Dallas Safari Club hastily scrubs VP guilty of killing elephant

Dallas Safari Club hastily scrubs VP guilty of killing elephant

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How could you want to kill one of these, seriously. Photo by Nancy Levicki

Paul Ross Jackson, a former director of the Dallas Safari Club, pleaded guilty on April 24 to shooting and killing an African elephant, and will pay a $25,000 fine.

A resident of Colorado, Jackson violated the Endangered Species Act in 2015 when he shot and killed an elephant in Zimbabwe, inside the Gonarezhou National Park. Jackson worked with a professional hunter based in South Africa to poach the elephant, with the intent to sell his ivory tusks.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, once word leaked about Jackson's plea agreement, the Dallas Safari Club hastened to erase his name from their website.

On April 26, he was listed as a vice president. By April 27, he'd been downgraded to "director," and then his name disappeared altogether. Ross Johnson who? Never heard of the guy. Hum dee dum, hum dee dum.

The Department of Justice found that Jackson also fabricated documentation to make it look like he lived in South Africa, in order to bypass the laws in Zimbabwe.

In addititon to the $25,000 fine, Jackson has agreed to a four-year prohibition on the hunting of any species designated as threatened or endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). He also has to return the tusks to the government of Zimbabwe.