Tess Thompson is an American woman who has sparked outrage online after posting some images next to a slaughtered black giraffe who were shot by her on a hunting trip to South Africa went viral.
Here is the caption; Africa Digest posted those images on their Twitter feed:
“While American savage is p Arnold Schwarzenegger 2018artly a Neanderthal comes to Africa and shoots 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 its time 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 only home we have.”
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
Talley Thompson quoted as saying the kill was her “best memory in camo thus far.”
She also said, “This beautiful black bull was estimated to be at LEAST 18 years old.”
According to what she said, half of the giraffe’s meat was donated, except for what she herself ate for dinner, which was “absolutely delish” for her.
She said that, “Hunting may not be for everyone, but it’s MY passion! I’m thankful for every hunt and every memory!”
The photos of Talley’s kill recently went viral and provoked a backlash despite being posted almost a year ago.
Here is where the poor giraffe has ended up in her home. She has posted it on her personal Facebook page with the caption, “He’s Finally Home!!! Coffee With this guy”
Ms. Talley was also condemned for her actions by actress Debra Messing. She called the hunter in a lengthy Instagram post, “disgusting, vile, amoral, heartless, selfish murderer.”
She also wrote, “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.”
Trophy hunting is legal in South Africa, with 200 “canned hunting” farms popular with tourists throughout the country.
Trophy hunting is an incredibly big business across the world
Between 2004 and 2014, it is estimated that around 1.7 million trophies were traded. Approximately 20,000 a year were animals which have been classified as being threatened with extinction by the IUCN of these trophies. 44% of the traded trophies were black bears which tended to be hunted in Canada and the United States. The most traded trophies in the world are mountain zebras, leopards, African elephants, Chacma baboons, and lions.
Many countries have begun to give in to public outrage about trophy hunting in recent years. Countries like Brazil, India, Kenya and Botswana have banned the practice altogether in their jurisdictions. And countries like Australia, France, and the Netherlands have also banned the importation of trophies of lions, and the United Kingdom is likely to follow suit.
South African people also are hopeful that their government will also follow suit and ban trophy hunting. But, some are more cynical that it is very unlikely they will act to protect animals since the government does not seem to car too deeply about addressing serious human issues such as poverty, soaring crime and human rights abuses.
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