In June 2017, a Kentucky woman named Tess Thompson Talley went on her “dream hunt” on a safari in South Africa, during which she killed a black giraffe. After doing so, Talley happily posed for graphic “trophy kill” photos, which she d on her Facebook page.
In the Facebook post, Talley reportedly wrote:
He was over 18 years old, 4,000 lbs and was blessed to be able to get 2,000 lbs of meat from him.”
The photos were were recently recirculated on Twitter by an African website called AfricLand Post:
Across social media, the photos have been met with massive outcry from the public. When the post went viral, celebrities like Debra Messing and Ricky Gervais chimed in and called her spoiled and selfish.
“You reek of privilege and ignorance,” Messing said on Instagram. “Shame on you.
Following the controversy, Talley removed the photos and made most of her public-facing social media pages private. She also gave a brief statement to the TODAY Show: “This is called conservation through game management.
” she said.
“The giraffe I hunted was the South African sub-species of giraffe,” she wrote in an email to Fox News. “The numbers of this sub-species is actually increasing due, in part, to hunters and conservation efforts paid for in large part by big game hunting.
The breed is not rare in any way other than it was very old. Giraffes get darker with age.
“The money she paid to go on this hunt, it is going directly into the local community, it’s going to benefit those animals because now there’s an economic benefit,” Babaz said. (It’s worth noting, though, that Babaz is not going to an impartial expert here given his affiliation— and that the economic boost hunter tourism offers is of no “benefit” to “those animals” who, you know, are killed on safari hunting trips.
“It is by far women that hunt who catch more grief from the ‘tolerant’ and ‘all loving’ animal rights activists.
It’s sickening to the majority of people how women are treated all over the world, except in the case of women hunters. You people call yourselves compassionate and caring, yet some of the most vile things have been directed at me and many other women hunters.