American hunter whose black giraffe photo went viral says she’s “proud to hunt”

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Worldwide, animal rights activists are working to stop trophy hunting where people pay to hunt wildlife, just for sport. Despite many organizations are making huge efforts to put an end of this, the move still happens.

Earlier this year an image of a woman posing in front of a black giraffe she had just hunted, went viral causing a totally backlash on social media. The photos show a woman identified as Tess Thompson Talley and showed her standing proudly in front of a giraffe with the caption: “Prayers for my once in a lifetime dream hunt came true today!

“Spotted this rare black giraffe bull and stalked him for quite a while. I knew it was the one. He was over 18 years old, 4000 lbs. and was blessed to be able to get 2000 lbs. of meat from him.”

On Friday, the woman joined “CBS This Morning” where she talked about the subject. And apparently she is so proud of herself, as she declared that hunting for her is “a hobby, it’s something that I love to do.” Then, she added: “I am proud to hunt and I am proud of that giraffe.”

Asked by the co-host Dana Jacobson, “If there’s remorse, why do it?,” Talley responded:

“Everybody thinks that the easiest part is [hunting]. And it’s not,” she said. “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.”

“Trophy hunting of giraffe shows sheer and arrogant disregard for the 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. There has been an overall population decline of 40 percent over the last 30 years,”Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, told to CBS News.