Tony Sanchez-Arino, 89, is seen by the trophy hunters as one of the biggest killers and he has often boasted his hunt by posing in front of the dead animals. He has been described as the “most dangerous and experienced game hunter” in the world. Reports suggest that he could have shot down as many as 1300 elephants and 340 lions.
In spite of making his living through his hunting, he has made some interesting and contradictory claims about the African elephant being hunted to extinction.
In his 2002 book, Elephants, Ivory, and Hunters, he said: “The African elephant will be hunted to extinction in the wild within our lifetime, to the shame of humanity.”
According to that book, Sanchez-Arino has given up his whole life to the “pursuit of this magnificent animal”.
He has been in this world for six decades and is said to have killed 1,317 elephants, 167 leopards, 2,093 buffalo, 340 lions, and 127 black rhino at the last count.
He began as an ivory hunter in 1952, before moving to work as a hunting guide in the 1960s.
All of this comes as the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting has revealed that the amount of ivory stolen from elephants through hunting has increased twelve fold over the past three decades.
The number of elephants has decreased significantly around the world. The number has come down from 1.3 million to just 400,000 now.
The founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, Eduardo Gonçalves told: “The trophy hunting industry is slaughtering elephants left, right and centre.
“Killing elephants for fun is unacceptable, even more so because of the seriousness of the current crisis.
“The recent surge in elephant hunting shows that the industry is out of control.”
According to the new report submitted by the campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, the hunters from the UK have brought more than a ton of ivory back from hunting trips to Africa, and around 1,089 elephant trophies.