NEW YORK An American television host prompted outrage Friday after boasting online that she had killed a lion in Drew Brees 2LX Jersey South Africa.
Melissa Bachman, an avid hunter who produces programs on the American outdoors, posted a photograph on Facebook and Twitter of her holding a rifle and smiling beside the corpse of a large male lion.
day in South Africa, the self styled huntress said of her pursuits at the Maroi Conservancy, adding: inside 60 yards on this beautiful male lion what a hunt! furious online reaction led Ms Bachman to deactivate her Facebook and Twitter pages within hours. It also prompted an online petition asking the South African government to bar her from returning.
lady, are what is wrong with the world, said Richard Robinson of Maryland, who was among the signatories. with no consequences. Shoot, kill, consume, destroy.
didn't kill a lion, you stood behind a machine and pulled a little trigger, you pathetic, sad excuse of a human. the African lion is rated on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List, it is not officially an endangered species and hunting them is legal in a number of countries, including South Africa. main threats to lions are indiscriminate killing, said the organisation.
The photograph was in keeping with Ms. Bachman's past activities. Her official website displays pictures of her posing beside dead alligators, turkeys and bears among other quarry.
She was axed as a contestant on the National Geographic program Ultimate Survival Alaska last year after 13,000 people signed a petition protesting against the inclusion of a trophy hunter Ms Bachman could not be contacted for comment yesterday. Supporters say that it brings in money to local communities and can help to reduce illegal poaching, but critics say it is a cruel practice that brings in little revenue to local people. Last year Botswana banned all commercial hunting of wild animals, and Zambia outlawed all hunting of lions and leopards from January.
come to Zambia to see the lion, and if we lose the lion we will be killing our tourism industry, Sylvia Masebo, the tourism and arts minister, said.
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