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Woman Poses In Front Of Rare Black Giraffe After Trophy Hunt, Stirring Anger and Outrage

A South African website posted an image of a Kentucky woman standing in front of a rare black giraffe. The majestic animal was dead and lying on the ground in a heap behind the woman as the trophy hunter smiled for the camera, and raised her hand and gun in victory for one shot.

After the photo was posted on Twitter, it went viral. Many people are furious about it, wondering why the animal had to die for sport.

The American woman went on a hunt in South Africa and a media source posted the photo to Twitter with the caption, "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”.

People did share the photos; they went viral. But not for the reason the website or Talley was probably expecting. Twitter users were furious about the hunt.

“I’m sick with rage,” said on commenter. “This waste of life #TessThompsonTalley is hunting beautiful creatures for a laugh... Lets share it and give her as much abuse as possible!”

"Where is the fun in killing such a beautiful animal. Why do human beings think it's acceptable to go around killing innocent beautiful creatures, FOR FUN. Disgraceful name and shame this grotesque excuse for a human being," another person wrote.

"I can’t imagine killing anything, let alone a defenseless animal who can’t shoot you back you ignorant," another added.

The backlash was so relentless that Tally took to Fox News to defend herself. "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."

In many nations in Africa, big game hunting is a multi-million dollar business. The governments support it because the revenue it generates is what they use to help with conservation efforts that can help save certain species from becoming endangered or extinct.

“This is called conservation through game management,” said Talley, who claims she got 2,000 lbs. of meat from the 4,000 lb. giraffe.

A single big game hunt can cost tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the type of animal the hunter is seeking. Hunters require a license for the specific type of animal that they're hunting.

Smithsonian.com notes that, while hunters claim the species are increasing again, it's not actually true. In 2016, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the organization which calculates and administers the endangered species lists, say that giraffes were moved to the 'Red List of Threatened Species'. This means that the animal is facing extinction in the wild in the medium-term future.

Giraffes are endangered now due to destruction of habitat and poachers. In some cases, it they’re killed by impoverished villagers who do need the meat, but in other cases the animals are killed just so their tail can be cut off and kept as a souvenir. If something isn't done about it, we may find these majestic creatures extinct in the wild soon.

“I am absolutely amazed that no one has a clue,” said Julian Fennessy of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to The Telegraph. "“This silent extinction. Some populations less than 400. That is more endangered than any gorilla, or almost any large mammal in the world."

Source: USA Today
Photos: Tess Thompson Talley Facebook

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