Hunter Causes Outrage With Photo of Dead Lionthe daily dish
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.
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?"
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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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