The image posted online by an American woman named Tess Thompson Talley has sparked outrage, as she posed next to a slaughtered black giraffe while on a hunting trip to South Africa.
The image of this woman was posted on the Twitter feed of Africa Digest with the caption below:
“White American savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe courtesy of South Africa stupidity. Her name is Tess Thompson Talley. Please share. If our so-called governments can’t care for our wildlife then it’s time we stand up and responsibility of our continent, lands, resources, and wildlife…. share share share! And let’s have a united voice against pillage of Africa, it’s the only home we have.”
Ms. Talley said the kill was her “best memory in camo thus far”, and that the “beautiful black bull was estimated to be at LEAST 18 years old.”
Moreover, she went on saying that she donated half of the meat of the giraffe, and she ate the rest of it for dinner, which was “absolutely delish”.
“Hunting may not be for everyone, but it’s MY passion! I’m thankful for every hunt and every memory!”
Even though this happened about a year ago, the photos of her kill went viral recently and provoked a backlash, as she posted an image on her Facebook page, with the caption:
”He’s Finally Home!!! Coffee With this guy ❤️”
The actions of Ms. Talley were condemned by numerous people, including the actress Debra Messing, who, in a lengthy post on Instagram, called her a “disgusting, vile, amoral, heartless, selfish murderer”.
“It does not take skill to have a ranger track a giraffe for you, and with the aid of night vision glasses and a scope, pull a trigger like some Carnival game. I am disgusted by people like you Tess. You reek of privilege and ignorance. Shame on you.”
Nowadays, trophy hunting is legal in South Africa, where people can visit some of the 200 “canned hunting” farms throughout the country.
According to estimates, 1.7 million trophies were traded between 2004 and 2014, and about 20,000 a year were animals classified as being threatened with extinction by the IUCN.
44% of these traded trophies were black bears, most commonly hunted in Canada and the United States. Moreover, lions, leopards, mountain zebras, African elephants, and Chacma baboons, were also among the most traded trophies.
According to an article in Advocacy for Animals, by Ira Fischer, who is on the Advisory Board of Big Cat Rescue and a proud member of its Legacy Society:
“Trophy hunters claim that hunting is akin to what natural predators do by keeping populations strong and healthy. This is at odds with Darwin’s survival of the fittest principle. In the wild, predators seek out preys that are the weakest, whereas trophy hunters target the biggest and fittest animals. Inarguably, killing healthy animals, particularly endangered or threatened species, is the very antithesis of conservation.
Similarly, safari clubs argue that trophy hunting supports conservation programs, as well as indigent people in Africa. So-called “game farms”, which are breeding grounds for wild animals to be used as captive prey, perpetuate the cycle of death for wildlife caught in the trap of the unholy alliance between hunters and those countries that permit trophy hunting. It goes without saying that these farms are not conservation programs.”
Trophy hunting causes a growing public outrage in recent years, and it has been banned in numerous countries, such as Brazil, India, Kenya, and Botswana, while countries like France, Australia, and the Netherlands have banned the importation of trophies of lions. The United Kingdom is expected to follow these steps soon.
Moreover, Mr.Fischer explains:
“A 2017 Marist poll found 86% of Americans are opposed to big game hunting, indicating that trophy hunters do not embrace the values of the vast majority of Americans. Significantly, Biological Conservation, a highly respected scientific journal, reported that annual revenue in sub-Saharan Africa from hunters was around $201 million, compared to estimates of revenues of $36 billion from total visitors. Thus, only a tiny fraction (less than 1%) of total tourism revenue in the region is from hunters and therein lies the seed that can spell the demise of trophy hunting.”
The population from South Africa is hoping their government will also follow suit and ban trophy hunting. Yet, these people are also doubtful as, regarding the fact that the government does not seem to care enough to address the serious human issues, it is very unlikely that it will do anything to protect their animals.