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A TV host from Minnesota is drawing fire after posting a photo on Facebook showing herself posing next to a lion she killed in South Africa, according to ABC News.

American TV Presenter Slammed For Posting Photo Of Dead Hunted Lion


Melissa Bachman describes herself as a "hunter to the core," and hosts a hunting show called "Winchester Deadly Passion." Bachman hunted the lion in the photograph at the Maroi Conservancy in the Limpopo province in South Africa.

"An incredible day hunting in South Africa!" Bachman wrote. "Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion. What a hunt!"

Bachman's photo has gone viral, causing widespread outrage, particularly as it comes on the heels of a new conservation report warning that big cats could be extinct in the wild in 10 years.

"Over the last 20 years, the lion population has gone from 300,000 to less than 30,000," said Shandor Larenty, an animal trainer and conservationist at Lion Park in the Gauteng province of South Africa. "Why would anyone want to come out and decrease those numbers even more?"


Bachman has not commented publicly on the controversy, but the Maroi Conservancy has defended the hunt in which the lion was killed, saying that it was neither illegal nor unethical.

"We are not apologizing for facilitating the hunt," the Maroi Conservancy wrote on their Facebook page. "If you are not a game farmer and struggling with dying, starving animals, poaching and no fences in place to protect your animals and crop, please refrain from making negative, derogatory comments."

Meanwhile, South African conservationists have started a petition on the website Change.org, seeking to ban Bachman from the country.

"She is an absolute contradiction to the culture of conservation, which this country prides itself on," the petition reads. "As tax payers, we demand she no longer be granted access to this country and its natural resources." The petition had more than 107,000 signatures as of Monday morning.

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Stupid ignorants those who defend that damn tv host who pretend to be a "hunter" . Damn Melissa B.! There are MANY REASONS WHY TO KILL A LION IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG and those who do not know them, go LEARN ABOUT IT INSTEAD Of talking like idiots!

November 19 2013 at 11:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
scottwolf333

No baby seals ! lol

November 19 2013 at 8:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sfgp98

The age of 'big game' hunting is past. But remember, don't attack a single hunter with one rifle -- go after certain nice folks from China, Arab countries, who slaughter whole elephant herds, or pods, with machine guns, assault weapons, from trucks. . . .

November 19 2013 at 1:21 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
LandonF

OMG why is this such a big story?!? Have any of you people ever seen the outdoor channel? They show people hunting lions at least a few times a week. Trophy hunting is THE main form of economy for south africa. Its also one of the main way the villages get food. They do not have the means or equipment to hunt like this. All responsible hunting these days is trophy hunting. Because a trophy means a mature fully grown animal. If you think anyone is actually hunting because their family is starving and its the only way to get food on the table you are crazy. Its a better, healthier more responsible way to eat meat, yes, but its also a sport AND habitat and wildlife management. It keeps animals in check. Of all species. And yes this IS man;s world and we should control the wildlife population period. I dont personally want a lion on my wall but if someone does, its 100% legal and moral to do so. Get over it. It will NEVER change. It is only growing daily. Hunting = Good. Harden up

November 19 2013 at 12:48 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jeffaudio

What a bunch of P***ies. Get over it

November 19 2013 at 12:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jebutler

When they stop showing gang violence and killings of humans on TV shows and news I would be willing to listen to some of these bleeding heart animal lovers. The best part is, it is the hunters who keep these animals off the extinct lists!! Ther libs just spend their cash on telling us how to live!!

November 19 2013 at 10:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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LandonF

You couldn't be more right

November 19 2013 at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tlakota35

Responsible hunters help keep animals off the extinct list. Hunters like Bachman only add to the problem.

November 20 2013 at 9:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
s31883

Disney realy hutr the animal kingdom when he turned them in to humans. They are not and never were and a lot are not cute but dangerous. Domestic, tame animals have harmed more people than wild ones very bad even chickens and they wil harm each other if you don't watch them. We have forgotten what was common knowledge of our farm haritage

November 19 2013 at 9:11 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
iolie45

\"Hunting\" the way she did; in organized, caged animal release in fenced in area can hardly
be considered HUNTING. That is an embarrassment. Not something to be PROUD of !
Places like in that in Africa - and the US are CRUEL (illegal here!) and DISGUSTING.
You\'re not a Hunter. You are a disgusting WIMP.

November 19 2013 at 8:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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wgprince

Sorry, but this is not a pen hunt. It was neither cruel or illegal!!!

November 19 2013 at 10:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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tlakota35

The latest conservancy I've discovered is the Maroi Conservancy in the Limpopo Province. Conservancies, you'll recall, are basically a number of adjoining properties that agree to remove all interior game fences, leaving only one perimeter game fence that joins all the properties together into one contiguous hunting area. (from The Hunting Report)

Sorry Prince, it is a pen hunt, but don't let facts get in the way of your agenda.

November 20 2013 at 9:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
LandonF

I'm sorry...how do you know its a caged animal high fence reserve???? You have proff of that of course

November 19 2013 at 12:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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tlakota35

The latest conservancy I've discovered is the Maroi Conservancy in the Limpopo Province. Conservancies, you'll recall, are basically a number of adjoining properties that agree to remove all interior game fences, leaving only one perimeter game fence that joins all the properties together into one contiguous hunting area. (from The Hunting Report)

Any more questions Landon?

November 20 2013 at 9:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
al.natale

I'm no Bible thumper but those animals have just as much right to live on this earth as you do,
as long as they aren't posing a threat to humans.
She may have a human lawful right to kill these animals for pleasure but
I'm pretty certain she doesn't have God's blessing!
AL

November 19 2013 at 8:48 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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gotjar89

By saying you're no bible thumper then ending in "she doesn't have gods blessing " you're definitely coming off as well, a bible thumper

November 19 2013 at 8:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
appalled_patriot

seems normal to me. The remains of the animals that people hunt in Africa
go to feeding people in Africa.
Good job Melissa, helping feed those that need it.

November 19 2013 at 8:26 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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LandonF

Amen. Its is...completely normal. Bleeding hearts are just playing the heartstrings of people ignorant to the hunting world

November 19 2013 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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