Tess Talley managed to get her five minutes of fame in 2018. It occurred when images of her posing with a rare black giraffe appeared online. Those pictures were taken after she had shot and killed the giraffe and the outrage was quick to follow.
The photos were from a year before they were posted and she put them on her Facebook page, saying: “Prayers for my once in a lifetime dream hunt came true today! Spotted this rare black giraffe bull and stalked him for quite awhile.”
Her post went viral almost immediately.
An organization called Africa Digest shared the post. It was later deleted by Talley but it was too late. The images she uploaded had already been shared and were now circulating online.
The Texas-based hunter has received a lot of backlash after posting the picture. Even though that is the case, she still says that she has no regrets.
Talley even went on CBS This Morning and said that she is ‘absolutely’ still hunting.
“It’s a hobby, it’s something that I love to do,” she said. “I am proud to hunt. And I am proud of that giraffe.”
When giving the interview, Talley told Adam Yamaguchi that she even used the giraffe she killed to make decorative pillows and a gun case. In her words, ‘everybody loves them’.
“You say it’s about conservation, but… it seems like there’s a lot of pleasure in it too, a lot of joy,” CBS This Morning co-host Tony Dokoupil commented.
White american savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe coutrsey of South Africa stupidity. Her name is Tess Thompson Talley. Please share pic.twitter.com/hSK93DOOaz— AfricaDigest (@africlandpost) June 16, 2018
“You do what you love to do. It’s joy,” Talley responded. “If you don’t love what you do, you’re not gonna continue to do it.”
“Everybody thinks that the easiest part is pulling the trigger. And it’s not,” she added. “That’s the hardest part. But you gain so much respect, and so much appreciation for that animal because you know what that animal is going through. They are put here for us. We harvest them, we eat them.”
Talley said that she was surprised that the photos sparked such a reaction, which she referred to as ‘crazy’. She added that people were even calling her employer and showing up at her place of employment to try to get her fired.
Source: Fox News