Post # 1
A texas cheerleader started posting photos on her facebook of her big game kills from her trips to Africa & people are outraged.
Here is a link to an article overview:http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/02/texas-cheerleader-big-game-hunter-facebook-critics-backlash/12012007/
Here are some of the photos:
What do you think about this?
Post # 2
I couldn’t do it, but I don’t have a problem with her doing it as long as the meat is being used.
Post # 3
I’m not against hunting, although it’s not really my thing.
I thought that at least some of the animals above would be consider poaching and not hunting though. It’s not something I’m really familiar with though.
I don’t support killing endangered species, unless it’s a real threat, like a certain species of mosquito or something.
Post # 4
I think it’s cool and I’m slightly jealous she has gotten to do it.
Post # 5
I read that the animals that are killed are distributed to local villages, and the fees paid to hunt are used for wildlife preservation. One of them was just tranquilized (green hunting). All of the animals are legal to hunt with a license.
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2013 - Valparaiso, IN
I’m not opposed to hunting at all, if there’s a reason for it. And I was reading about the animals she hunted. There was a reason and license for all of them.
Post # 7
More power to her if this is in her interests. Makes no sense for others to expect her to hide her hobbies. If it’s legal, it’s legal.
Post # 8
Some of those animals are critically endangered. This is disgusting.
Post # 9
Smiling like you’re holding a prize? Please. That was a living animal.
Try donating that money directly to causes that support those in need.
Post # 10
crayfish: “Some of those animals are critically endangered. This is disgusting.”
Just because it is legal, doesn’t make it right. Please stop confusing legality with morality.
Post # 11
Abhorrent. So many people work so fervently to save these animals, and they really do have a remarkable passion for these animals. The animals themselves are all so amazing in person, I think people who see them and just think about how fun it would be to kill them are sick.
Post # 12
Barbiestylez: I wish that the media could have this discussion without feeling the need to draw attention to the fact that she’s a pretty, female, cheerleader. It’s an important discussion but it’s totally irrelevant to the fact that she’s a hot female, yet the headline leads “Texas Cheerleader.”
Post # 13
It’s my understanding that the animals that are hunt on these big game excursions are actually beneficial to the communities where they occur. They support preservation (believe it or not), they also are a means of keeping villiages safe where these animals are preying on humans. They are all legally killed and the meat goes to villages who desperately need them. The money spent on the hunts actually benefits the species with increased funds for conservation.
That being said, I am from a hunting family and intend on one day killing a deer, both for the experience and food for my family. I have no interest in hunting african game or the likes, but I also don’t have a problem with other people doing it the right way. I don’t like watching the hunts on tv, and don’t really “get” this type of hunting, but I don’t think that people attacking her for doing this is going to accomplish ANYTHING.
It’s really messed up that it’s such a headline simply because she’s a pretty cheerleader. LIKE OMG, she’s pretty and likes to hunt?! That’s like, double awful.
There are actual benefits to wildlife management. I greatly support responsible hunting practices.
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I’m a wildlife biologist and a hunter and I’m torn on this.
On one hand, as crayfish said, some of these species are critically endangered… Like a few hundred or thousand left in existence. So seeing this makes me recoil in horror.
On the other hand, the license costs an insane amount of money, all of which is put towards conservation efforts like game wardens protecting against poaching, development of protected areas, etC. It’s one of the biggest sources of conservation funding. So that one individual is giving its life for the greater good.
Rationally I know that it’s doing good. Emotionally and spiritually its horrifying.
Post # 15
Barbiestylez: I have mixed feelings. Part of me thinks it’s cool, and the other part is shocked. I think the sheer size of the animals adds to the shock. They are such beautiful animals and I think it sucks that they had to die this way. I’m not opposed to hunting however, so I’m very conflicted!