An American woman has found herself in the center of a firestorm after she shot and killed a rare black giraffe in South Africa and then posed for photos with the animal’s carcass.
“Prayers for my once in a lifetime dream hunt came true today!” Tess Thompson Talley boasted on Facebook about the kill in June 2017.
“Spotted this rare black giraffe bull and stalked him for quite awhile. I knew it was the one. He was over 18 years old, 4,000 lbs and was blessed to be able to get 2,000 lbs of meat from him,” she added in the post, which has been deleted.
The scandal only came to light after AfricLand Post recently posted on twitter the year-old shots of the Kentucky resident cradling a gun by the dead giraffe.
“White american savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe courtesy of South Africa stupidity,” read the publication’s tweet.
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
Twitter users immediately expressed their displeasure — and support.
“Shooting a giraffe is not hunting,” wrote one. “It is killing a rare and beautiful creature with no defense and an easy target.”
“She spends the money for this coward hunting trip to kill a life’s precious animal for her ego thrill,” blasted another.
However, some weren’t turned off by Thompson Talley’s desire to kill.
“Good for her for buying a license…and spending tens of thousands of thousands to pursue her legal, ethical dream,” said one supporter.
Another pointed out: “This was taken two years ago on an 18-year-old giraffe that could not mate anymore and would scare off the younger giraffes so this young lady did the right thing. And it was a legal kill.”
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