It’s a growing trend that pops up on social media or news sources across the internet and draws mass and mixed reaction, particularly back in 2017 – trophy hunting.
Two-years-ago, an image went viral of a hunter celebrating their latest trophy and it caused both support and outrage across the internet.
Tess Talley was pictured with a giraffe she killed whilst on a hunt and following the huge backlash from that image, it doesn’t appear to have put her off from continuing to participate in more hunts or remove herself from social media.
Last year, she featured as a guest on American breakfast show CBS This Morning and was left “surprised” by the reception the image got, once it was shared across the web.
“I am proud to hunt,” she said. “And I am proud of that giraffe.”
She added: “Everybody thinks that the easiest part is pulling the trigger. And it’s not.
“That’s the hardest part. But you gain so much respect, and so much appreciation for that animal because you know what that animal is going through. They are put here for us. We harvest them, we eat them.”
The photo was taken from a conservation hunt, which according to Talley during the interview, is “managing the wildlife.”
A statement that was released by Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, still condemning the actions of trophy hunting and mentioning the reduced numbers of giraffes.
“Trophy hunting of giraffe shows sheer and arrogant disregard for the imperiled status of an iconic species.
“A 2015 estimate found that fewer than 100,000 giraffes remain in the wild in Africa, and our 2018 investigation revealed that nearly 4,000 giraffe-derived trophies were imported into the U.S. over the last decade.”