Tess Thompson Talley is a hunter. As a hunter, she no doubt looked forward to her hunt in Africa, a dream destination for American hunters. While there, she was able to bag a black giraffe. The species itself is endangered, but hunts still take place to help fund conservation efforts throughout the region. Not only that, but she reportedly harvested a South African sub-species of black giraffe whose numbers have been increasing.
However, anti-hunting elitists don’t care about that. Instead, they simply want to attack Talley for her hunt.
Though the hunt took place last year, photos of a Kentucky woman posing with a slain “black” giraffe are causing people to lose their minds on social media.
What brought the matter to light is when the AfricaDigest posted the pics to Twitter last month with the following caption:
“White american savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe coutrsey [sic] of South Africa stupidity. Her name is Tess Thompson Talley. Please share”
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
Tess Thompson Talley, the embattled hunter, has defended what was presumably a lawful and ethical hunt.
Talley has since deleted her Facebook post. But she did talk to Fox News about the experience.
“The giraffe I hunted was the South African sub-species of 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,” said Talley.
Talley also explained that the 18-year-old bull she killed was too old to breed and was a threat to younger bulls. She was told that it had already killed three younger, virile bulls that were capable of producing offspring.
In other words, Talley did no actual damage to the black giraffe population and may have benefitted it directly by taking out the competition for younger animals that can breed. Additionally, as per usual, she helped fund those conservation efforts I mentioned.
However, anti-hunting activists continue to ignore all the good hunters do and instead target these hunters due to their myopic view of the world. They’re so focused on this one animal that they fail to understand the greater impact.
Interesting, though, how it always seems to be female hunters being blasted over this? Oh, they might share a male hunter having taken African game, but the furor dies pretty quickly. Anti-hunters seem particularly fond of going after the women. It’s like they see them as a weaker target, like wounded game.
Unfortunately, they tend to be wrong on that one. Women who hunt seem to be far tougher than twits like this:
Tess Thompson Talley from Nippa, Kentucky is a disgusting, vile, amoral, heartless, selfish murderer. With joy in her black heart and a beaming smile she lies next to the dead carcass of… https://t.co/gG9CWX4oXl
— Debra Messing✍🏻 (@DebraMessing) June 27, 2018
No, Debra. The disgusting, vile, amoral, heartless, and selfish person here is you, a celebrity who has taken part in and enabled gangs of internet bullies to target a woman for an act that was not just legal, but beneficial to the breed.
I’ll tell ya what Debbie–can I call you Debbie? Great. I’ll tell you what, Debbie. Why don’t you shut up and stop running on about stuff you have no understanding about and go back to being a dancing puppet for our entertainment and leave the discussion to people who have the brainpower to do it. Sound good?