British comedian Ricky Gervais isn’t impressed with Rebecca Francis, a hunter who recently posted a photo of herself with a dead giraffe. Gervais is a known animal activist.
Since Gervais’ post, Francis has been inundated with replies from angry social media users. Some have even sent death threats to her.
Francis defended herself in a statement given to the website HuntingLife:
“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. They also took his tail to make jewelry, his bones to make other things, and did not waste a single part of him. I am grateful to be a part of something so good.”
The website has also said that they stand behind her, a “hunter/conservationist,” in the controversy.
The Utah native and mother of eight appeared on the reality show Extreme Huntress in the past and won, according to the NY Daily News. She has killed various animals, a list of which she has posted on her website.