Actor and comedian Jim Carrey has been painting lately. The star’s latest work, which depicts an elephant killing poachers, has earned him plenty of praise on social media.
Carrey, considered a pretty talented artist, posted a picture of his artwork on the 28th of March on Twitter. The hashtag was #teamelephant.
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) March 28, 2018
In the painting, there is an angry-looking elephant. That elephant is severely wounding gun-toting poachers using its tusks.
The post came only a day after there was news of a Russian trophy hunter killing a large bull elephant in Zimbabwe;
those creatures are known for the size of their tusks. According to reports, the elephant was killed on the 7th of March and was wearing a research tag.
It is not technically illegal to kill an elephant wearing the aforementioned research tags; however, it is also considered highly unethical. It has been claimed that the hunters did not notice the tag until the animal was already shot and killed.
It was a 14-day hunt, and it took place in a conservancy called Naivasha, which is on the border of the Gonarezhou National Park. It was led by a man named Martin Pieters, who is the ex-chairman of Zimbabwe’s Professional Hunters and Guides Association. Technically, it was a perfectly legal hunt.
Pieters and a Russian client went out on the hunt with a couple of trackers, a local council representative, and a park ranger.
The elephant was standing in thick brush, so the hunters weren’t able to see it completely. Pieters saw the tusk and instructed his client to shoot the elephant.
Trophy hunting is a controversial subject. Opponents of the practice view it as unethical, cruel, and immortal.
However, it has also been argued that trophy hunting may protect certain species because conservation projects are funded by hunting permits.
There may indeed be a benefit in terms of conservation efforts; however, based on the positive reaction to Jim Carrey’s painting, it seems most are against the practice of trophy hunting.
A Twitter user named Suzee commented on the matter, calling elephants “amazing” creatures and the “gentle giants” of the animal world. She pointed out that elephants mate for life, celebrate births, and also mourn their dead—adding that we have a lot to learn from them. She said that trophy hunters make her wonder who the real beasts are.
Elephant’s are amazing creatures. The are the gentle giants of the animal world. They mate for life, look out for their family, celebrate births and mourn their dead. We could learn plenty from them. These trophy hunters make me wonder who the real beast is.
— suzee (@mtl_honeybrown) March 28, 2018
Another user name Cindy Barnes weighed in with: “spot on Jim!” In regard to the depiction of elephants killing poachers, she said “that’s what will happen” for messing with elephants.
Spot on Jim!!! That’s what will happen for messing with our elephriends!! 🐘
— ☮🌸Cindy Barnes🐾✌🌊❄🗽🇺🇸 (@CindyB61664) March 28, 2018
A user named Cherry Hayes also praised Carrey, saying that she loved the painting “so much” and thanking Carrey for his work.
Oh my god, I love this SO MUCH!! This is how I picture the Toxic Twins meeting their demise…Elephant Retribution. Thank you Jim Carrey
— Cherry Hayes (@Twitrh8rHayes) March 28, 2018
As mentioned earlier, Carrey has been painting a lot lately and is not afraid to tackle subjects that are controversial. For example, the 56-year-old movie star recently shared a painting depicting United States President Donald J. Trump having sex with pornographic actress Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump back in 2006.
Spokespeople for the US President have denied such an affair occurred. Daniels—real name Stephanie Clifford—has made claims that she was paid $130,000 in 2016 by Trump’s then-lawyer to keep quiet about the alleged relationship.
Carrey called the painting of the President and Stormy “Fifty Shades of Decay”.
Fifty Shades of Decay pic.twitter.com/aurfm22ru6
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) March 23, 2018
Daniels recently filed a lawsuit; she is suing the president, claiming he was aware of the payment and that the money was intended to influence the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election.
Carrey also painted Trump last year; he depicted Trump kissing the buttocks of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Regardless of how you feel about Carrey’s artwork, the killing of elephants is a matter worth discussing. Between 2007 and 2014, there was a roughly 30 percent decrease in the elephant population in Africa. The species is currently designated as vulnerable by the IUCN Red List.
Concern over the future of elephants came to light back in 1989. Prior to that, it was legal to hunt elephants for the ivory of their tusks, but there are laws against that now. However, many elephants reside in areas that are not protected by any of the laws designed to protect them.