American hunter in viral photo of slain giraffe has no regrets
In 2018, Tess Talley sparked outrage worldwide after images of her posing with the body of a rare black giraffe she had shot and killed were posted on social media.
The horrifying photos had been taken the year prior, and went viral after the trophy hunter shared them on her Facebook page with the caption: "Prayers for my once in a lifetime dream hunt came true today! Spotted this rare black giraffe bull and stalked him for quite awhile."
The post was then shared by an organisation called Africa Digest, and although Talley later deleted it, the images had already been shared all over the internet.
But despite receiving considerable backlash as a result, the Texas-based hunter insists she has no regrets.
Earlier today, during an appearance on CBS This Morning, Talley revealed that she is "absolutely" still hunting:
"It's a hobby, it's something that I love to do," she said. "I am proud to hunt. And I am proud of that giraffe."
Talley also told CBS presenter Adam Yamaguchi that she made decorative pillows and a gun case out of the giraffe she killed, adding that "everybody loves them".
"You say it's about conservation, but... it seems like there's a lot of pleasure in it too, a lot of joy," CBS This Morning co-host Tony Dokoupil commented.
"You do what you love to do. It's joy," Talley responded. "If you don't love what you do, you're not gonna continue to do it."
"Everybody thinks that the easiest part is pulling the trigger. And it's not," she added. "That's 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 are put here for us. We harvest them, we eat them."
Towards the end of the interview, Talley claimed she was "surprised" by the "crazy" reaction to the photos, adding that people had showed up at her work and called her employer in an attempt to get her fired.