Big gamer Tess Thompson Talley of Kentucky has been facing serious backlash when a photo of her posing with a dead giraffe was tweeted from @africlandpost. The tweet named Talley and said, “White American savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe courtesy of South Africa stupidity. Please share.”
It didn’t take long for the photo to go viral and the fire spread. Even celebrities took to Twitter and criticized Talley, Actress Debra Messing wrote: “Tess Thompson Talley from Nippa, Kentucky is a disgusting, vile, amoral, heartless, selfish murderer.” While comedian Ricky Gervais tweeted, “What’s 16 feet tall and has a c**t on the back of its neck?”
The pictures were originally a post on Talley’s Facebook page which has since been removed. She wrote, “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.”
In an email to Fox Talley said, “The giraffe I hunted was the South African sub-species of a giraffe. The numbers of this sub-species is actually increasing due, in part, to hunters and conservation efforts paid for in large part by big game hunting. The breed is not rare in any way other than it was very old. Giraffes get darker with age.”
While Trophy hunting may be legal in South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, it is not welcomed very well on social media. In 2015, Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist received serious backlash and death threats after he killed “Cecil the Lion” near a national park in Zimbabwe.
Other people, however, praised the Kentucky native, @rwmcbrayer wrote: “Tess very proud of you and your efforts for conservation. You are to be commended for your excellent choice of game and quality hunts. I’m sorry for the unintelligent people that try to shame you for doing the right thing in harvesting this beautiful animal.”