If you go on to Twitter or Instagram, the first thing that you wouldn't expect to find is images of animal hunters posing with their kills, but it seems that, in recent years, displaying the animals that you've killed is a growing trend in the online sphere and that trend is now receiving widespread attention - including extreme backlash and, weirdly, a considerable amount of support, too.
One American hunter, in particular, has been hitting the headlines after a picture of her proudly showing off her latest kill went viral last year.
Now, she's spoken out on national television about the images and what she had to say is pretty shocking...
Believe it or not, hunting is a big part of American history.
via: ShutterstockPrior to the mid-1800s, the hunting industry was very much alive and thriving. Hunting was seen as a full-time job to serve the expanding animal product market. It might have been their job, but it certainly wasn't seen as a past-time... yet.
Hunting never used to be for fun, well, at first it wasn't...
via: GettyIt wasn't until the 1850s that the hunting world completely changed.
Times quickly changed.Hunting became more and more about receiving an ego boost, with many proudly showing off their kills to get higher up the social rankings.
Tragically, the popularity of so-called "trophy-hunting" began to rise.
The rarer the animal, the better.
via: GettyAccording to a Pacific Standard article, the rarer and larger the animal and the more extravagant the kill, the better the animals spoke to the hunter's "manliness" and social status.
Fast-forward over a century and you'd think that we would have, well... stopped.
via: GettyIt seems that the rise of social media has given trophy hunters another platform to brag about their kills on. Just one search on Twitter or Instagram can bring up several results of hunters donning gleaming smiles while posing with the lifeless bodies of various species, with many taking to South Africa to seek out the "best" kills - aka, the most endangered animals.
Social media is highlighting the harsh reality of trophy hunting.
Trophy hunters have pretty much formed a community of thier own.#livetohunt and #huntingworld typically accompany the posts.
But one woman, in particular, received significant attention for her trophy hunting picture.Two years ago, American hunter, Tess Talley, like many other trophy hunters - posted an image of her kill during a trip to Africa.
The post spread like wildfire across the internet.
White american savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe coutrsey… https://t.co/sdtdU7Ij29— AfricaDigest (@AfricaDigest)1529165367.0
People were quick to slam Talley, and rightly so.
@MesMitch @africlandpost @FrederikaFerrar @Brasilmagic @AleZ2016 She should be on a register. Clearly deranged and a danger to all.— Harry Frasier (@Harry Frasier)1533625925.0
A year on, Talley has gone on national television to explain herself...
You won't believe the reason that she gave for killing the giraffe.
Tess Talley is Claiming that she is actually assisting the animal populations by killing them. https://t.co/RL2foo00No— Owl Mirror (@Owl Mirror)1559921381.0
"We are preserving... we are managing herds, we're managing numbers of wildlife," she said.
She showed no signs of regret while being grilled about her hunting trips.
As if it couldn't get any worse, she then revealed what she did with the giraffe afterwards...
If you knew it didn't lead to conservation, would you still do it? -- @TonyDokoupil “Just knock down animals jus… https://t.co/Z8bEjzX5iE— CBS This Morning (@CBS This Morning)1559908328.0
"Tess Talley is an evil, horrible woman".
@10TV Tess Talley is an evil, horrible woman!!!! She is a disgrace!!— lpav (@lpav)1559915652.0
People were horrified by her actions and attempts to defend herself.
Tess “Cruella de Vil” Talley is proud to shoot a defenseless animal that is on the verge of becoming endangered. Wh… https://t.co/AzI6gfaUFT— Justin McCarthy🌹🌅 (@Justin McCarthy🌹🌅)1559913124.0
Some people even slammed CBS for giving Talley a platform...
@CBSThisMorning why give Tess Talley a platform to speak about the archaic, hateful and barbaric practice of huntin… https://t.co/54CFWChsWV— Louay Khraish ܠܘܐܝ (@Louay Khraish ܠܘܐܝ)1559919304.0
Others simply mocked her efforts to justify herself.
Why the heck would #TessTalley agree to go on @CBSThisMorning to explain why she loves to slaughter wild animals as… https://t.co/wRWsJ8PCja— Jim McFarlin (@Jim McFarlin)1559911099.0