In a controversial statement, a trophy hunter has defended her better half’s choice to gift her a $2,000 experience of shooting a giraffe and clicking photographs with its heart for Valentine’s Day.
Merelize Van Der Merwe, from South Africa, shaken the web this week when she posted an image of herself presenting with a giraffe’s heart. To the disgust of many, it turns out she had shot the creature and afterward cut out its heart.
Saying thanks to her husband posted a picture on social media with the caption: ‘Ever wondered how big a giraffe’s heart is? I’m absolutely over the moon with my BIG valentines present!!!’
Defending herself from the backlash she faced on social media, Merwe said to The Mirror she has ‘no respect’ for the animal rights association, which she compared to the mafia.
She said the chasing and killing of the giraffe, who was 17 years of age, ‘made work for 11 individuals that day’ and gave ‘meat for local people’. In the same way as other hunters, she said that a restriction on hunting would make creatures ‘useless’ and cause them to go wiped out.
In a bizarre statement referring to alluding to the belief that hunters generate money for conservation endeavors she said: “If hunting is banned, animals will become worthless and will disappear. Hunting has helped bring back a lot of species from the brink of extinction. The only people protecting these animals are trophy hunters.”
But, this has been firmly disproved by animal rights groups like Born Free, which said hunting doesn’t uphold preservation or local communities.
In a statement Born free said: Hunters pay ‘a lot of cash for the killing of rare wild animals for the trophy hunting, which has boosted a hunting business model.
In another statement, a representative of PETA said: “Someone who kills another sentient being, cuts out their heart, and boasts about it fits the definition of a sociopath. One day, trophy hunting will be listed as a sign of a psychiatric disorder, as it should be today. It is grandiosity, serial killing, and bloodlust paired with a burning desire to show off.”