Melissa Bachman's Lion Hunting Photo Controversy

Melissa Bachman's Lion Hunting Photo Controversy

Updated Jul 14, 2014 at 06:13PM EDT by Brad.

Added Nov 19, 2013 at 09:12PM EST by Brad.

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On September 30th, 2013, Minnesota-based TV show presenter Melissa Bachman shared a photo of her smiling and posing with a dead lion via Facebook and Twitter[1], adding “an incredible day hunting in South Africa! Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion…what a hunt!”



Bachman’s photo was initially met with positive feedback from her followers on Twitter, racking up nearly 500 retweets and 240 favorites, though the tone of the reception began to change rapidly on November 15th, when the British comedian Ricky Gervais retweeted Bachman’s photo with a cleverly-phrased insult calling her a derogatory slur (shown below).




That same day, Elan Burman from Cape Town, South Africa, submitted a Change.org petition[4] demanding the South African government to refuse entry Melissa Bachman. Within the first week, Burman’s petition attracted more than 315,000 signatures. Also on November 14th, a Facebook community page[14] titled “Stop Melissa Bachman” was launched with a message against animal-hunting as an outdoor leisure.



Melissa Bachman has made a career out of hunting wildlife, for pure sport. Her antics are captured extensively on her personal website: http://www.melissabachman.com/. She is an absolute contradiction to the culture of conservation, this country prides itself on. Her latest Facebook post features her with a lion she has just executed and murdered in our country.

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Scarecrow 8
Scarecrow 8

I have nothing against hunting. Hell, I even fully support a person’s right to shoot an animal if they intend to eat it, or if it’s a legal game animal. That’s fair. But when you travel to another country, shoot an endangered animal purely for the sport of shooting it, then brag about how great you with without putting it’s body to any real use, you’re just an asshole with too much time and money on your hands.

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