Tess Talley, 38, killed the majestic creature in South Africa three years ago and says she only shared the video now because other hunters had begged to see how she “harvested” the giraffe.
Speaking to the Mirror, which has campaigned to ban the hunting of big game trophies, she groans, “I feel like I’m an easy target. But the Texan supporting Trump is unrepentant, saying, “I’m proud of the hunt. I am proud of the giraffe. I am proud of who I am. ”
She was convicted of “glorifying” the murder of a wild animal and released the film in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Comedian Ricky Gervais led the conviction in 2017 after a photo of her celebrating with her killed trophy went viral.
Now, in a generally vile response, she says, “I wouldn’t put anything in Ricky’s mouth that tastes like s ***. This is what comes out of his mouth. “She carped then:” Does Ricky love someone? “
She has no shame in posting the four-second film, which shows the giraffe looking towards its hunting party before a gunshot rings and its neck snaps shut before falling to the ground.
His decision to taunt his critics by publishing it was condemned by Iris Ho, of the Humane Society International.
Ms. Ho says, “This video apparently showing the moment when Tess Talley kills a majestic giraffe for pleasure is really painful to watch.
“Ending the life of this beautiful animal with a vile gasp of pleasure exposes trophy hunting for what it really is, nothing more than a slaughter by individuals who show total disregard for the animals they knock down.
“A few moments after taking this video, Talley will have taken the selfie, smiling next to the body of this giraffe. “
Ms. Ho said the release of the film during the Covid-19 pandemic was “deaf.”
She adds, “As we face a revival to reexamine our relationship with nature and stop human exploitation of wildlife, Tess Talley’s response is to post her video and glorify the killing of a beautiful animal. “
Talley has caused more repulsion in the coronavirus crisis by posting photos on Instagram showing empty shelves in supermarkets alongside shots of his own freezer filled with hunted meat.
In a message, she said, “Why are you hunting? Why don’t you just buy groceries? Here, I do not panic to fill my freezer.
“The sight of sold-out meat in stores does NOT baffle me. He’s an eland [antelope] steak night. Anyone who wants to learn to hunt, contact a hunter today. Such messages have increased the number of death threats she now receives daily.
But she is unrepentant and moans that it is her detractors who are the problem, not her decision to kill the bull giraffe during her “lifetime dream hunt”.
The head and neck of the giraffe are now displayed as a trophy in his home and Talley boasts of the amount of animal she has brought back to the United States.
She says, “I brought home all the pieces of the trophy. Skin, bone, everything except meat. The meat remained in South Africa for the locals. The United States doesn’t let that come back. What I could do with him in my house, I did. I can’t stand the idea of harvesting an animal and not using every piece of it.
“I used the skin for pillows, gun cases, rugs, to decorate the back of a sofa or a small end table. The bones are carved. I don’t waste anything. ”
Talley complains that the British animal rights protesters are “the most ruthless in the world”.
On Ricky, she says, “If I met him, I’d shake his hand. I don’t hate anyone. Hatred is a strong word.
“There are a lot of things I would like to say, but I would like him to come. He is a meat eater, after all, right? ”
In fact, no, Ricky says no, but she continues, “My freezer is so full right now. I would probably serve it Nilgai [the largest Asian antelope]. It is very good. It’s good. “
His much more extreme critics resorted to death threats. She said, “It’s strange because they don’t want me to kill an animal, but they want to kill me or kill my dog. It’s childish, hypocritical. We are not supposed to agree on everything, but we are humans. It’s good to get along and not do the same. ”
Speaking of her insulting posts on Instagram, she says, “The freezer has led to an increase in threats. I probably got 100 to 200 in one day. “
She expects it to increase after posting the video of her giraffe murder, but doesn’t care at all, insisting that she was simply responding to a request.
She said, “I knew there would obviously be people against it, but I had had so many requests from people wanting to see him. It was a blow.
“Other hunters wanted to see it, to be part of it even if it was only by video. They feel that they are still part of it because they are still so involved in this hunt. Deploring the dismal failure of the British public to understand big game hunting, Talley then tries to convince himself and us that killing wild creatures is in fact for the good of conservation.
And in a bizarre riff, she claims to have done a service to the giraffe population because her big game trophy had killed other bull giraffes.
She says: “Just from my hunt, especially with the giraffe, there are now born giraffes. Before that, there was none because he killed the bulls that could reproduce. The British do not understand and it is difficult to explain.
“Hunting is very sensitive. It’s a sensitive subject and it’s not for everyone, and I respect that.
“You can participate, or you don’t have to. This is something that needs to be done on the conservation side.
“Like, the conservation aspect is very important. “
Talley and her husband Andrew, 45, refuse to say how much they paid to kill the giraffe because it was “hard to say because we hunted a bunch of animals,” but said it could go as far as ” at $ 7,000 – £ 5,700.
They said that before handing over any money, they assured it would be spent on conservation – to make sure there were many more animals to kill.
Talley says, “There are thousands of people who go hunting because they know where their money is going.
“You’ll not just waste money. None of us will. It doesn’t matter where you come from. We don’t want to waste money. We do our own checks and the like to make sure we hunt responsibly.
“Critics tell me to stop hunting and buying my meat in a grocery store as they do.
“They want me to be a sheep, to mix and do what they do.
“They don’t do what I want to do. They have the right to do so. They choose not to. I haven’t bought meat in a grocery store for several years.
“It’s not just going out to kill. There is remorse, guilt, excitement. Absolutely.
“I hunted, harvested an animal and cried at the same time. By excitement. I took this life. It’s not the easiest thing to do. This is exactly what we do as humans.
“We are hunters. “
And she is considering a chance to hunt in the UK. She says, “I have had a lot of hunting offers in Britain. I would absolutely consider it. I would love to go there. “