Minnesota based hunting show host Melissa Bachman is in hot water over an image that she posted to her Facebook page which depicts her kneeling and smiling over the corpse of a dead lion that she had shot.
Shortly after the image went up it went viral and caught the attention of citizens of South Africa, where the animal was shot, who have started a petition to have Bachman banned from the country which has already garnered over 15,000 signatures. It should be noted though that while the image has caught the attention of wildlife activists, Bachman hunting (and eventually shooting it) was completely legal.
The lion population in Africa once stood around 300,000 and is now estimated at around 30,000. Many have predicted that in the not so distant future the only live Lions may be found at your local Zoo. The lion in question here was shot on the land of a wildlife conservancy, which is partly why this has gotten so much attention. The motto of the conservancy is “conservation through sustainable hunting.”
I must agree, it seems like a pretty big contradiction there. But that said, I think that the blame here should be on the conservancy and or the government for having hunts like this available. Bachman followed all laws and was happy with her kill – as any hunter would be after bagging the animal they had come to hunt. Say what you will about hunting, but the blame here is not on her in my opinion. You can’t blame a hunter for legally hunting, blame the people that made it legal to hunt.
That is just my .02 cents.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you place any blame on Bachman, or do you agree with me that blame is going to the wrong party here? Share your thoughts below!
[via ABC News]