Bwabwata | An American tourist who traveled to Namibia has died after choking on a 460 oz elephant steak, reports the Namibian Herald this week.
John F. Rosenberg, an American tourist, and owner of a steak grill restaurant in Atlantic City died this week from respiratory complications in Bwabwata National Park.
Rosenberg, a self-proclaimed “steak expert”, had always dreamed of eating exotic meats such as wild ox, elephant, and even nearly extinct white rhinoceros and had traveled to Namibia to indulge in the controversial delicacies.
“I’m happy he got to realize his dream of eating white rhino and elephant meat before he left us” his wife, Joyce Rosenberg, told reporters in tears.
“He was so happy when he first shot the elephant. He was like a five-year-old again, he almost cried, » she recalled.
« He specifically asked to butcher the animal himself and hacked his piece of meat off with a chainsaw. He was so proud » she added, visibly emotional.
Rosenberg’s widow now faces a 20 to 25 years jail time sentence and a $2,000,000 fine after Namibian authorities ruled the killings to be illegal and an act of poaching.
« Nobody told us this was illegal. We just asked around and found someone to help us track down the animals, butcher them and cook them, that’s all, » Joyce Rosenberg told reporters.
« I didn’t even eat any of the meat. As much as my husband seemed to love it, I find those animals kind of disgusting. I just like the ivory tusks, they are so soft » she admitted, visibly distraught by the whole affair.
« I’ve already lost my husband and now they want to send me to jail for some stupid African cattle I didn’t even eat, it is just so cruel and unfair,» she added when reached by phone.
Namibia does not appear to regularly report to the public the poaching statistics within its borders, but according to a recent World Wildlife Fund survey, Namibia has suffered 191 elephants killed by poachers in 2017.