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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 October 2018

Kentucky woman responds to backlash over giraffe killing

Tess Talley has been criticised on social media by celebrities such as Ricky Gervais and actress Debra Messing

The photos posted by Ms Talley last year show her standing and smiling beside a dead giraffe along with the caption: “Prayers for my once in a lifetime dream hunt came true today!”
The photos posted by Ms Talley last year show her standing and smiling beside a dead giraffe along with the caption: “Prayers for my once in a lifetime dream hunt came true today!”

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.

A photo of Tess Talley posing with a large giraffe went viral this week after the Twitter account of a site called Africa Digest posted two photos and called her a “white American savage”.

Media report that Ms Talley is from Johnson County in eastern Kentucky. She said this week saying the giraffe was not rare and she was participating in what she called “conservation through game management”.

She said “some of the most vile things have been directed at me and many other women hunters”.

Ms Talley has been criticised on social media by celebrities such as Ricky Gervais and Will and Grace actress Debra Messing, who called her a “disgusting, vile, amoral, heartless, selfish murderer”.

The photos posted by Ms Talley last year show her standing and smiling beside a dead giraffe along with the caption: “Prayers for my once in a lifetime dream hunt came true today!”

Trophy hunting is a legal practice in many African countries.

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”.