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Melissa Bachman Dead Lion Photo Sparks Outrage Online



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[caption id="attachment_73829" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Melissa BachmanMelissa Bachman posted the picture of the ‘dead’ lion on twitter (Picture: Twitter)
[/caption]Outrage Over Wildlife Hunter’s Tweet

Melissa Bachman, a Minnesota hunter and writer and presenter for the TV show Winchester Deadly Passion, incited outrage around the world this week when she tweeted a picture of herself kneeling with a rifle in hand over the body of a dead male South African lion with the caption: “Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion...what a hunt!”

According to the Daily Mail, although lions are not yet an endangered species, and lion-hunting is allowed with a license in South Africa, many South Africans and others are against the practice for various reasons.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature considers lions a vulnerable species. Many also believe that lion hunting shouldn't be allowed unless a lion is causing a threat since lions aren't used by humans for food or clothing.

A harsh wave of criticism followed Bachman's post forcing her to close her Twitter account.

Even Ricky Gervais was disgusted with the photo, tweeting:

Twitter user Gareth Pike said: "I've absolutely no words for this Melissa Bachman character. If she gets enjoyment from this then there is something seriously wrong."

Lisa Edwards added: "Shocked to read about Melissa Bachman, happily hunting beautiful animals in SA for entertainment. Shameful."

That is not to say that she doesn't have support as well. Her supporters point out that private park hunting helps fund non-hunting ventures, such as local agriculture.

A petition by a Cape Town resident started online demands that South African officials bar Bachman from returning to the region for any reason.

On The Web:

Self-styled 'hardcore huntress' sparks outrage after posting picture of herself with male lion she shot dead on Twitter as thousands sign petition to ban her from South Africa

TV presenter sparks outrage with photo of dead lion she 'stalked and killed'

TV presenter sparks anger after posting picture of lion she shot ‘dead’ on Twitter

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