Trophy Hunter Defends Killing Rare Giraffe, Claims It Was "Delicious"

Trophy Hunter Defends Killing Rare Giraffe, Claims It Was "Delicious"

In 2017, Talley hunted a giraffe in South Africa as part of a trophy hunting safari trip. and posted it on Facebook, which soon went viral.

A female trophy hunter went viral last year after she posted pictures of her posing with a rare black giraffe she shot. If that wasn't bad enough, she also defended killing the animal by saying  "He was delicious," according to CBS News. In 2017, Talley hunted a giraffe in South Africa as part of a trophy hunting safari trip, and she took to Facebook to post pictures and it soon went viral. However, she received a lot of backlash for the pictures she took.  "It's been hell. I have encountered cameras at my work, I've received mail at my home, text messages," Talley said. 



A year and a half after her viral photo with the giraffe, she received several new death threats on her social media message feeds. One read: "Watch your back, the hunt is on. I know where you are, and I'm coming for you."  Yet, she remained unfazed and said, "I'm not gonna back down. I'm not gonna back down. I'm gonna stand up for what I do, for what I believe, and everyone else that does it as well." After claiming the giraffe was delicious, she added, "Not only was he beautiful and majestic, but he was good."



After the hunt, she also had his hide made into a gun case and throw pillows. Trophy hunting is a centuries-old practice, and because of the presence of social media, it has been scrutinized. Trophy hunting advocates say that contrary to what you might believe, their activities benefit the long-term survival of species. This comes, especially at a time when experts have been claiming that one million species face the risk of extinction, and threats such as human encroachment, poaching, and climate change are mounting.



"Unfortunately there's a mischaracterization of what hunters do and hunters support," Corey Mason, executive director of the pro-hunting organization the Dallas Safari Club, stated. "I would argue that Dallas Safari Club has funded more conservation projects than probably, you know, most of them combined that are non-hunting or anti-hunting."  It is said that around 80 percent of trophy hunters are American. In 2017 alone, 650,000 animal "trophies" were imported into the US.



"When you go on a hunt, there are different fees that come from that," said Mason. "If it pays, it stays." This seems to be a controversial concept among conservative circles. Hunters claim placing a monetary value on an individual animal incentivizes the safeguarding of the species and habitat. Animal Rights groups believe this is not how it should be.  "It's important to have wild animals thrive, but why is the price of that this needless slaughter of these animals for their parts?" Kitty Block, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States said. "It diminishes what wildlife is. If they can be reduced to a chair, to a knife handle — that's no trade-off." 


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