An American woman named Tess Thompson Talley has sparked outrage online after images of her posing next to a slaughtered black giraffe while on a hunting trip to South Africa went viral.
Africa Digest posted the image of Thompson Talley on their Twitter feed with the following caption;
“White American savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe courtesy of South Africa stupidity. Her name is Tess Thompson Talley. Please share. If our so-called governments can’t care for our wildlife then its time we stand up and responsibility of our continent, lands, resources, and wildlife…. share share share! and let’s have a united voice against pillage of Africa, it’s the only home we have.”
White american savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe coutrsey of South Africa stupidity. Her name is Tess Thompson Talley. Please share pic.twitter.com/hSK93DOOaz
— AfricaDigest (@africlandpost) June 16, 2018
Ms Talley is quoted as saying the kill was her “best memory in camo thus far”.
“This beautiful black bull was estimated to be at LEAST 18 years old,” she said.
She claimed half of the giraffe’s meat was donated, except for what she herself ate for dinner, which she described as “absolutely delish”.
“Hunting may not be for everyone, but it’s MY passion!” she said. “I’m thankful for every hunt and every memory!”
Despite being posted almost a year ago, the photos of Ms Talley’s kill recently went viral and provoked a backlash.
Here is where the poor giraffe has ended up in her home… She posted it on her personal Facebook page with the caption, ”He’s Finally Home!!!
Coffee With this guy ❤️”
Actress Debra Messing also condemned Ms Talley for her actions. In a lengthy Instagram post, Messing called the hunter a “disgusting, vile, amoral, heartless, selfish murderer”.
“It does not take skill to have a ranger track a giraffe for you, and with the aid of night vision glasses and a scope, pull a trigger like some Carnival game,” she wrote.
“I am disgusted by people like you Tess. You reek of privilege and ignorance. Shame on you.”
Trophy hunting is legal in South Africa, with 200 “canned hunting” farms popular with tourists throughout the country.
Trophy hunting is an incredibly big business across the world
It is estimated that around 1.7 million trophies were traded between 2004 and 2014. Of these trophies, approximately 20,000 a year were animals which have been classified as being threatened with extinction by the IUCN. 44% of the traded trophies were black bears which tended to be hunted in Canada and the United States. Mountain zebras, leopards, African elephants, Chacma baboons, and lions were also among the most traded trophies in the world.
In recent years, a number of countries have begun to give in to public outrage about trophy hunting. A number of countries including Brazil, India, Kenya, and Botswana have banned the practice altogether in their jurisdictions. Other countries such as Australia, France, and the Netherlands have also banned the importation of trophies of lions, and the United Kingdom is likely to follow suit.
Many South Africans are hopeful that their government will also follow suit and ban trophy hunting. However, others are more cynical pointing out that since the government does not seem to care too deeply about addressing serious human issues such as poverty, soaring crime, and human rights abuses, it is very unlikely that they will act to protect animals.
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