We can’t help but wonder whether Melissa Bachman, an American television personality of minor celebrity, thought would happen when she posted a photo of her holding a rifle, grinning wildly with the lion she just killed carefully posed for the camera.
“Incredible day in South Africa,” she Tweeted after visiting the the Maroi Conservancy, adding: “Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion – what a hunt!”
The photo, which was uploaded to her Facebook and Twitter accounts, caused such a storm of controversy she quickly deleted some of her social media presence. (For those with a strong stomach, peruse her Twitter account to see a variety of creatures she has killed.) But the lion photo just seemed to be too much for animal lovers. The backlash against the self-described “hardcore huntress” has exploded online. There’s the Stop Melissa Bachman Facebook page for example with its 332,000 “likes.”
The Conservancy, which arranged the hunt, came to Bachman’s defence on its Facebook page, which has since vanished from the Internet:
“We are not apologising for facilitating the hunt. As for all the negative commentary towards us, please consider how much you have contributed to conservation in the past 5 years. If you are not a game farmer and struggling with dying starving animals, poaching and no fences in place to protect your animals and crop, please refrain from making negative degoratory comments. It is so easy to judge if you are staying in cities and towns, buying your meat at ‘woolies’ and going to game reserves maybe once a year.
But some people are taking aim at South African laws as the real root of the problem for allowing trophy hunting.
h/t National Post Photo Twitter