Despite the controversy-provoking the nature of trophy hunting, now and then on social media, you still see images of people posing proudly for their first kills.
Pictures of hunters holding their weapons are not that unusual, but when the backdrops include real animals lying dead on the ground, it is entirely different.
Indifference quickly escalates into widespread condemnation – something Tess Talley, an American hunter who killed a giraffe in South Africa back in 2017, experienced firsthand.
The whole situation was (and still is) with the death of Cecil the Lion, an iconic animal killed that was killed in Zimbabwe about two years earlier by a Minnesota-based dentist using a bow and arrow.
In one of the photographs Talley posted on Facebook, she held a rifle and pointed to the sky while being encircled by the giraffe’s corpse.
In a deleted post, she also said to have stalked the animal and later acquired 2,000 lbs. of meat from him. The giraffe was not world famous like Cecil, but the backlash from wildlife lovers was just as intense.
It was not surprising that when the images surfaced online, conservationists were outraged.
Based on her response to the criticisms and answers to televised interviews, everybody can draw their conclusions on who Tess Talley is and what she does as far as trophy hunting is concerned.
10 Zero Regrets
Since the moment the photos went viral, the outrage has barely dimmed.
Despite the eternal condemnation from conservationists and wildlife lovers worldwide, Tess Talley does not seem to show even a tiny bit of regret for killing the giraffe.
In an interview with CBS, she even said that animals were put there for us – we harvest and eat animals.
One of her classic defensive stances was to suggest that trophy hunters have been killing animals long before social media came into existence and that social media has now become part of the issue.
9 Delicious Trophy
There is no denying that trophy hunting is a hot-button issue. Conservationists want them to stop, but on the other hand, some national parks insist that recreational hunting helps fund conservation efforts.
Talley never strays too far from simplifying the issue as either good or bad, when in reality, the financial benefit from trophy hunting is not always clearly defined.
Yet, the whole activity has almost certainly divided communities. When confronted with criticisms and questions about what she did with the giraffe, she said the animal was delicious.