Comedian Ricky Gervais sets off shitstorm by tweeting photo of hunter and giraffe she killed

From Raw Story:

A big game hunter from Utah is the focus of a wave of Internet outrage after comedian Ricky Gervais tweeted a photo of her lying next to a freshly-killed giraffe.

The New York Daily News reported that Rebecca Francis has been receiving death threats after the photo went viral.

Francis is a mother of 8 who has a website and Facebook page dedicated to posting photos of the exotic animals she has paid to kill with a bow and arrow.

Let’s get the obvious stuff out of the way first. Anybody tweeting death threats to her is an asshole and law enforcement should look into it. Secondly, although I don’t hunt, nor do I have any desire to, I do eat meat and don’t begrudge anybody the right to hunt if they are using it for food. But these big game hunters are just creepy. I’m not sure if it’s because of the trophy photos that they take with a joyous murderous gleam in their eye as they stand over the carcass or their shitty justification of her hunt:

We just connected with Rebecca Francis and got a statement on her Giraffe hunt that anti-hunters are attacking her for. Rebecca said, “When I was in Africa five years ago I was of the mindset that I would never shoot a giraffe. I was approached toward the end of my hunt with a unique circumstance. They showed me this beautiful old bull giraffe that was wandering all alone. He had been kicked out of the herd by a younger and stronger bull. He was past his breeding years and very close to death. They asked me if I would preserve this giraffe by providing all the locals with food and other means of survival. He was inevitably going to die soon and he could either be wasted or utilized by the local people. I chose to honor his life by providing others with his uses and I do not regret it for one second. Once he was down there were people waiting to take his meat.

So she was doing a service to the animal and to the poor starving African villagers who need the great white american huntress to help feed them.