Photos of a US hunter posing with the dead body of a “rare” black giraffe she had just killed during a hunt in South Africa have sparked outrage.
The pictures emerged after they were posted on Twitter by the South Africa-based AfricLand Post website.
The photos were of Tess Thompson Talley, from a hunting trip in June 2017.
“Prayers for my once in a lifetime dream hunt came true today!” she said in a Facebook post, now deleted.
“Spotted this rare black giraffe bull and stalked him for quite awhile. I knew it was the one. He was over 18 years old, 4,000 lbs and was blessed to be able to get 2,000 lbs of meat from him.
Talley defended her kill in an email to Fox News:
“The giraffe I hunted was the South African sub-species of giraffe. 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.”
Trophy hunting is a legal practice in a number of African countries including South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
In South Africa, where animals such as buffalo, elephants, and lion are often targeted, trophy hunting is reportedly a $3 billion-per-year industry.
Talley also claimed to Fox that the giraffe she killed was too old to breed, and had killed three younger bulls who were able to breed.
“This is called conservation through game management,” said Talley.