Outrage Over American Woman Who Killed and Ate Rare Giraffe

An American woman has sparked international outrage after posing happily next to a rare black giraffe carcass in South Africa.

The Kentucky native, Tess Thompson Talley, killed the animal on a June 2017 hunting trip. Her trip recently gained attention after South African based website, AfricLand Post, tweeted two pictures of the hunter with her prize.

Accompanying the photos, the post reads “White American savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe courtesy of South Africa stupidity. Her name is Tess Thompson Talley. Please share”.


Other Twitter users also condemned Talley’s actions. One user by the name of Tom Kay expresses his anger, stating that he is “sick with rage,” and that the hunter is a “waste of life”.

Actress Debra Messing, who found the ordeal quite disturbing, took to Instagram to express her thoughts. Messing called the hunter a “disgusting, vile, amoral, heartless, selfish murderer.”


The entire post reads:

“Tess Thompson Talley from Nippa, Kentucky is a disgusting, vile, amoral, heartless, selfish murderer. With joy in her black heart and a beaming smile she lies next to the dead carcass of a *rare* black giraffe in South Africa. Giraffes are the epitome of gentle giants. They glide across the plains, like liquid; awe inspiring creatures who spend their days eating leaves and caring for their young. How DARE she. A rare animal that will be extinct by the time her grandchildren can go and gutlessly sit in the brush with a scope, pull a trigger. It does not take skill to have a ranger track a giraffe for you, and with the aid of night vision glasses and a scope, pull a trigger like some Carnival game. If you need to eat a giraffe? Get a bow and arrow and make it at least a fair fight. I am disgusted by people like you Tess. You reek of privilege and ignorance. Shame on you. And your husband Andrew Claude. Unconscionable. Irreparable damage. Irreplaceable beauty.”


Talley defends herself in an email to Fox News. She writes, “The giraffe I hunted was the South African sub-species of giraffe. The numbers of this sub-species is actually increasing due, in part, to hunters and conservation efforts paid for in large part by big game hunting. The breed is not rare in any way other than it was very old. Giraffes get darker with age.”

“However true conservation, whether here or in another country, involves maintaining an appropriate number of healthy animals,” Talley explains, “It means culling the old and feeding the local people so the animals maintain value.”

The hunter also claims to have donated half the meat while she ate the other portion for dinner, which she describes as “absolutely delicious.”

Actor and animal activist Ricky Gervais, tweeted in opposition to Talley, saying that “Giraffes are now on the ‘red list’ of endangerment due to a 40% decline over the last 25 years. They could become extinct. Gone forever.” He criticized Talley, calling her spoiled, as well as anyone else hunting giraffes.

Similar outrage was triggered in 2015 after a Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer killed the beloved lion, Cecil near a Zimbabwean national park.

Much like Talley, Palmer was a big-game hunter mostly looking for trophies. However, the dentist’s kill was illegal; his only repercussion is not having an allowance to hunt in Zimbabwe. In South Africa, trophy hunting is legal. Other African countries where that is permitted are Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

According to BBC, trophy hunting is a $2 billion dollar industry that mostly targets buffalo, elephants and lions. An average of 126,000 trophies are made per year.

Featured Image via Wikimedia Commons.

About Shelby Hawkins

My name is Shelby, like the mustang, and I am an avid lover of photography, literature and desserts.
I identify as a proud feminist and Pan-Africanist; hopefully that manifests in my writing.

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