ABC news article with video: https://gma.yahoo.com/12-old-girl-faces-online-backlash-over-hunting-113309909--abc-news-topstories.html#
Daily Mail UK article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3742171/Pre-teen-hunter-receives-death-threats-posting-pictures-exotic-animals-s-killed.html
Her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/aryanna.braidsandbowshunting/
Tried to post as much as I could to make this as balanced as possible. I'm not summarizing the stories, just jumping into the discussion.
I say the girl did the right thing, and I hope she has thick skin to weather the firestorm.
1.) Yes she killed game in Africa. As far as I can tell, these weren't animals on preserves, protected for the preservation of the species. The reports say she was not killing simply for sport and that the meat from the animals goes to hungry and needy children in villages nearby. Guess what...the people would've probably killed animals anyway for food and it wouldn't have been a news headline, well because they have to eat too! I'm sure in rural Africa this is hardly newsworthy that an animal died. People got to eat and if laws were followed, and she was willing to give her kill up to those who were hungry, good for her. Its not different than hunting white tailed deer in the woods during hunting season around me. You follow the rules, tag your deer, butcher the animal, and eat well. Been there, done that, and humans have been doing that since paleo times, so I don't get the outrage over hunting for food to survive.
2.) Granted what I don't 100% agree with is the trophy posing. Its bragging in my opinion, and bragging every now and then is not a bad thing. Its always good for people to enjoy their moment in the spotlight when they've earned it, and I stand by that as a teacher. Going over the top is where I start to say "ok lets tone it down a bit". Posing with giraffes and other game while holding bows and arrows is certainly a bit over the top in my opinion. Its asking for trouble, and this is why I hope she has thick skin. Social media brings out the absolute worst in humanity that can hide behind a prefabricated username and jeer, sneer, and threaten others. I didn't waste my time with the comments on her facebook page and the death threats and posts that people share with her. Nobody has the right to be threatened, nor should they be when she apparently is following all applicable rules, and she is not just leaving the corpse to rot in the savannah. People will actually get good use out of the food and the money she raises for conservation efforts. This is hardly bragging for the sake of bragging.
Do I like seeing animals die? No way! But the reality is, they will and people have to eat. Killing for the sake of killing is 100% wrong, and I don't feel she has done this. To be fair, I hope she continues conservation efforts beyond shooting animals and posing with them afterwards. There are other ways to help animals besides killing them.
Thoughts and comments?