Mother-of-8 Hunter Gets Destroyed on Twitter After Photo of Her Lying Next to Freshly Killed Giraffe Goes Viral
A Utah woman has become the target of online scorn after she posted an image of her lying next to a freshly killed giraffe and the photo was retweeted by comedian and animal rights activist Ricky Gervais.
Rebecca Francis, a mother of eight who has a Facebook page where she posts photos of exotic animals she was hired to kill with a bow and arrow, has become the subject of criticism and even death threats after the photo went viral.
On her website, Francis says, “We hunt elk and deer every year without fail, even through pregnancy and nursing babies. Our hunting trips are self-guided.”
“I prefer bowhunting,” the page says. “And the animals I have taken with a bow include: a 10 1/2 ft. brown bear, black bear, shiras moose, alaskan moose, dall sheep, stone sheep, desert bighorn ram, rocky mountain bighorn ram, mule deer, whitetail deer, elk, mountain goat, antelope, arapawa ram, kudu, zebra, black wildebeest, giraffe, springbuck, blesbuck, lynx, badger, and squirrel. I have also taken many of the same species and more with a rifle.”
A disgusted Gervais posted the photo on Twitter, writing, “What must’ve happened to you in your life to make you want to kill a beautiful animal and then lie next to it smiling?”
What must've happened to you in your life to make you want to kill a beautiful animal & then lie next to it smiling? pic.twitter.com/DyYw1T5ck2
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) April 13, 2015
After Twitter users slammed the Francis, the hunter told HuntingLife.com that the giraffe was “inevitably going to die soon” and said killing it was an act of “euthanasia.”
“I chose to honor his life by providing others with his uses and I do not regret it for one second,” she said. “Once he was down there were people waiting to take his meat. They also took his tail to make jewelry, his bones to make other tings, and did not waste a single part of him. I am grateful to be a part of something good.”
— MaGezky (@MaGezky) April 13, 2015
@rickygervais She needs shooting!!!
— Carly Sofià Buckley (@CarlySofia_B) April 13, 2015
— Sarah V Spence (@SarahVSpence) April 13, 2015
— Max (@MadAlix14) April 13, 2015
— Lynette (@TitanicQueen) April 13, 2015