American hunter Tess Thompson Talley is facing worldwide condemnation after posing with the body of a “rare” black giraffe she killed during a trip in South Africa.
“White american savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe coutrsey of South Africa stupidity,” South Africa-based AfricLand wrote on Twitter about the Kentucky resident. “Her name is Tess Thompson Talley. Please share.”
White american savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe coutrsey of South Africa stupidity. Her name is Tess Thompson Talley. Please share pic.twitter.com/hSK93DOOaz
— AfricaDigest (@africlandpost) June 16, 2018
USA Today notes that the photos in question were taken during a hunting trip in 2017.
In a since-deleted Facebook post, Talley wrote that she spotted a “rare black giraffe bull and stalked him for quite awhile.”
“I knew it was the one,” she said. “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 giraffe I hunted was the South African sub-species of giraffe,” Talley wrote in an email to Fox News defending her decision to kill the animal. “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.”
BBC reports that South Africa trophy hunting is a $2 billion-per-year industry.
The Hill notes:
The photos, as well as the subsequent outrage Talley sparked, comes about three years after the House passed the Global Anti-Poaching Act.
The bill came after a Minnesota dentist hunted and killed a beloved lion, Cecil, in Zimbabwe. The legislation was passed with the goal of increasing the penalties for wildlife traffickers, making them comparable to those faced by weapons and drug traffickers.