NRA chief and his wife secretly turned elephant into household furniture: report

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  • The LaPierre have secretly shipped elephant parts from their hunt to Botswana to avoid public protests.
  • Susan LaPierre has requested that the shipment have no clear connection to the couple, The New Yorker reported.
  • Taxidermy records showed the rooms had been turned into stools, umbrella stands and trash can.

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Wayne LaPierre, who is executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, and his wife, Susan, secretly shipped parts of elephants they slaughtered in 2013 to turn into home decor, a new report released Thursday said. .

At the end of April, a leak of graphic video sequences obtained by The New Yorker and the trace showed the LaPierre each shooting and killing an elephant in Botswana in 2013.

An export company from Botswana emailed the couple to confirm the shipment of animal parts, which included a Cape buffalo skull, two sheets of elephant skin, two elephant ears, four tusks. elephant and four front elephant legs, according to The New Yorker report released Thursday.

Susan LaPierre then requested that the shipment have no clear connection to the couple, asking to use the name of an American taxidermist as the “consignee” and that the company not use their names “anywhere in the world. whenever possible, ”The New Yorker reported. .

In a message sent by the taxidermist, who was not named in the report, to the shipping company, he explained that the LaPierre “can’t afford bad publicity and a scream,” which is “why they try not to have names. appear on these mailings so that the information does not fall into the wrong hands, ”the documents obtained by the media said.

Susan LaPierre also said the couple expected to receive “an assortment of skulls and skins from warthogs, impalas, a zebra and a hyena” in the shipment, according to the report.

“The taxidermy work orders containing the LaPierre names called for the elephants’ front four legs to be made into ‘stools,’ an ‘umbrella stand’ and a ‘trash can,'” the New Yorker reported. “At their request, tusks were mounted, skulls were preserved, and the hyena became a carpet.”

The request was made amid public backlash against Tony Makris, a longtime advisor to Wayne LaPierre, after he shot an elephant on the “Under Wild Skies” hunting show. The Hunt for LaPierre was filmed for airing as part of an episode of the series, but it was canceled, The New Yorker reported.

There are approximately 415,000 African elephants in the wild, and the World Wildlife Fund lists the species as vulnerable, which means that they are not endangered but are endangered due to elephant hunting and poaching.

Andrew Arulanandam, director general of public affairs for the NRA, said in a statement that “LaPierre’s activity in Botswana – for more than seven years – has been legal and fully authorized.”

“This is outdated news, recycled to advance a personal agenda,” Arulanandam continued.

He added that many NRA members and donors participate in the big game hunt and that the LaPierre “have participated in some overseas trips to extol the benefits of the hunt and to promote the NRA brand to the community. ‘one of its main audiences’.

“Many of the more notable hunting trophies in question are either in the NRA museum or have been donated by the NRA to other public attractions,” Arulanandam said in the statement.

Last August, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a complaint to disband the NRA, claiming the organization was “riddled with fraud and abuse” and accusing LaPierre of exploiting his status as executive vice president of the NRA for personal gain.

In a complaint filed last August, James’ office said the LaPierre were given free taxidermy work, which “constituted private benefits and gifts in excess of the amounts allowed under NRA policy to LaPierre and his wife. “.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Wayne LaPierre was a former NRA chief.

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