Tess Thompson Talley, the American trophy hunter who faced backlash from the public last year when photos surfaced of her posing next to a murdered "rare" giraffe, said Friday that she continues to be "proud to hunt" and has no regrets. .
"You do what you like to do," she said. "If you don't love what you do, you won't keep doing it."
Talley said that he felt joy when he hunted, and that he "absolutely" will continue to do so.
"This particular hunt was a conservation search," said Talley, from Kentucky, in an interview with CBS. That hunt was designed to manage the amount of wildlife in a given area, he said.
Controversial images, which Talley first posted in 2017, show her proudly alongside a dead giraffe along with the caption: “Prayers for my one dream quest came true today! He saw this rare specimen of black giraffe and stalked it for quite some time. I knew it was the one. She was over 18 years old, 1800 kg ... and she was blessed to be able to obtain more than 900 kg of meat from her ”.
The images were resurfaced on Twitter last June by South Africa-based AfricLand Post. Accompanying the post, which shows two photos of Talley of the giraffe she shot, were the following words: “The wild white American who is part Neanderthal comes to Africa and shoots down a very rare black giraffe courtesy of stupidity. from South Africa. Her name is Tess Thompson Talley. Please share. "
Talley defended the massacre in a statement to Fox News last year, saying that “the breed is not rare in any way other than very old. Giraffes darken with age ”.
Talley told "CBS This Morning" that he has made accent pillows that "everyone loves" and a dead giraffe gun case. He also described the animal as "delicious."
"He was not only beautiful and majestic, but he was also rich," he said.
Although it is a hobby he enjoys, Talley acknowledges that hunting is emotionally difficult.
“Everyone thinks the easiest part is pulling the trigger. And it isn't, ”he told CBS. “That is the hardest part. But you gain so much respect, and so much appreciation for that animal because you know what that animal is going through. They put themselves here for us. We harvest them, we eat them ”.
Actress Debra Messing called Talley via Instagram last June "a disgusting, vile, amoral, ruthless and selfish murderer."
Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, said in a statement to CBS television that “the trophy hunt for giraffes shows utter and arrogant disregard for the endangered status of a species. iconic… It has caused an overall population decline of 40 percent in the last 30 years. "
Trophy hunting is a legal practice in several African countries, Fox reported, including South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Trophy hunting in South Africa is a $ 2 billion-a-year industry, including animals like buffalo, elephants and lions.