After backlash for slain giraffe photo, hunter says animal was 'majestic,' 'delicious'

Tess Thompson Talley - the American trophy hunter who faced intense public backlash last year when photos surfaced of her posing next to a slain "rare" giraffe - said Friday that she continues to be "proud to hunt" and has no regrets.

"You do what you love to do," she said. "If you don't love what you do, you're not gonna continue to do it."

Talley said she felt joy when hunting, and that she is "absolutely" still going.

"This hunt in particular was a conservation hunt," said Talley, of Kentucky, in an interview with CBS. That hunt was designed to manage the amount of wildlife in a given area, she said.

The controversial images, which Talley first posted in 2017, show her standing proudly beside a dead giraffe bull along 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."

The pictures were resurfaced on Twitter last June by South Africa-based AfricLand Post. Accompanying the post, which shows two pictures of Talley over her the giraffe she shot, were the words: "White american savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe courtesy of South Africa stupidity. Her name is Tess Thompson Talley. Please share."

Talley defended the kill in a statement to Fox News last year, saying that the "breed is not rare in any way other than it was very old. Giraffes get darker with age."

Talley told "CBS This Morning" that she's made decorative pillows which "everybody loves" and a gun case out of the slain giraffe. She also described the animal as "delicious."

"Not only was he beautiful and majestic, but he was good," she said.

Although it is a hobby she enjoys, Talley acknowledges hunting is emotionally difficult.

"Everybody thinks that the easiest part is pulling the trigger. And it's not," she said to CBS. "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."

Actress Debra Messing called Talley over Instagram last June "a disgusting, vile, amoral, heartless, selfish murderer."

Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, said in a statement to CBS news that "trophy hunting of giraffe shows sheer and arrogant disregard for the imperiled status of an iconic species. ... There has been an overall population decline of 40 percent over the last 30 years."

Trophy hunting is a legal practice in a number of African countries, Fox reported, including South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In South Africa, where animals such as buffalo, elephants, and lion are often targeted, trophy hunting is a $2 billion-per-year industry, reported the BBC.

Follow Elinor Aspegren on Twitter: @elinoraspegren.

Contributing: Matthew Diebel, USA TODAY.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: After backlash for slain giraffe photo, hunter says animal was 'majestic,' 'delicious'


More Related News

Vaya Africa launches electric ride-hail taxi network
Vaya Africa launches electric ride-hail taxi network

Vaya Africa, a ride-hail mobility venture founded by Zimbabwean mogul Strive Masiyiwa, has launched an electric taxi service and charging network in Zimbabwe with plans to expand across the continent. The South Africa headquartered company has acquired a fleet of Nissan Leaf EVs and developed its own solar powered charging stations. The program goes live in Zimbabwe this week, as Vaya finalizes partnerships to begin on-demand electric taxi and delivery services in markets that could include Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia.

Carry1st has $4M to invest in African mobile gaming
Carry1st has $4M to invest in African mobile gaming

The startup - with offices in New York, Lagos, and South Africa - was co-founded in 2018 by Sierra Leonean Cordel Robbin-Coker, American Lucy Parry, and Zimbabwean software engineer Tinotenda Mundangepfupfu. "I convinced her to avoid going to business school and instead come to South Africa to Cape Town," Robbin-Coker told TechCrunch on a call. "We launched with the idea that we wanted to bring the gaming the African continent."

South African bans on tobacco, liquor amid virus stir debate
South African bans on tobacco, liquor amid virus stir debate
  • World
  • 2020-05-27 06:50:35Z

In Johannesburg's Alexandra township, two men in face masks greet each other on a sunny street. One has surreptitiously sold the other a pack of cigarettes. A bootlegging culture has sprung up across South Africa in response to the government's nearly 8-week-old ban on the sale of tobacco and alcohol, part of its strict lockdown to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Tests vital for Africa
Tests vital for Africa's fight against coronavirus
  • World
  • 2020-05-27 04:18:30Z

Early successes have been hailed by some but governments must start getting more data, reports Anne Soy.

Coronavirus in South Africa: Smokers fume at cigarette ban
Coronavirus in South Africa: Smokers fume at cigarette ban
  • World
  • 2020-05-25 23:28:04Z

The government is to ease lockdown restrictions and allow the sale of alcohol - but not cigarettes.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: Latin America