A Kentucky woman vilified on social media for killing a giraffe on a 2017 hunt in Africa said she has received thousands of angry messages and death threats.
Nearly a year after the images went viral, Tess Talley told CBS This Morning “They [the animals] are put there for us, we harvest them, we eat them.”
In a CBS documentary about trophy hunting, Talley said that the animal was “delicious” and said she made pillows and a gun case out of its pelt.
“This is a part of the black giraffe that I shot, something I could take around with me, and have on my hunts!” she said, showing off the case
“I also have decorative pillows made out of him, and everybody loves them."
In 2017, she shared photos of the South Africa hunt with the caption “Prayers for my once in a lifetime dream hunt came true today!”.
The following year, the images generated an outcry on social media after they were posted by an account that called her a “white American savage.”
The backlash that ensued became so intense that people were spreading addresses where she may be, showing up at her workplace and contacting her employer in an effort to get her fired, Talley told CBS.
She responded to the criticism by saying that killing the black giraffe was part of a population management effort. She said she wouldn’t hunt if she didn’t think it would aid with conservation.
“We are preserving… we are managing herds, we’re managing numbers of wildlife.”
She claims that the giraffe was over 18 years old and had killed three other younger giraffes that were of breeding age.
“I get that hunting is not for everyone,” she said, but “if it was any other belief that was different, threats and insults would be deemed hideous, however for some reason it is ok to act this way because it’s hunting”.
Talley said she’s undeterred, will go on more trophy hunting trips — and bring her camera with her.