Jack Ma, the main founder of Alibaba Group and the chairman of the Board for the Nature Conservancy’s China Program, recently responded to a heated report on his luxurious hunting trip in 2012 to Scotland.
The report on The Sunday Times said Jack Ma spent $167,700 renting a castle near Loch Ness, and traveled with 11 companions by helicopter to the hunting parks. In a week, they killed 17 stags, as reported by Sina news.
Regarding the report, Ma commented on his personal page that the trip was to learn how to better protect the environment, according to the South China Morning Post.
Quickly, the Nature Conservancy (TNC) jumped in and made a statement to defend Ma. It says: “The event two years ago was intended to protect conservancy areas and to control wildlife population in Europe. It was absolutely not a hunting trip for fun suggested by some media.”
What made Ma’s trip so controversial is Alibaba’s reputation in forbidding trade related to nationally protected animals. Ma became a chairman of TNC’s China Program in May 2013. So of course Ma raised eyebrows when he told people his hunting trip was “protecting animals and the environment”, said Huaxia.