Hunter Sparks Outrage After Posting Photos Of Her Trophies
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Hunting is an issue that will always be divisive. While many argue the practice is barbaric, others claim it's a part of animal conservation.
But one hunter from New Zealand has seen just how controversial it can be after posting a series of photos of her kills to social media.
Lucy Rose Jaine has uploaded shots of herself with pigs, wallabies, eels, turkeys and deer. The photos often show her looking triumphant while the animal is bloodied and most certainly dead.
The mum of three has been hit with negative comments that range from 'you're a bad person' all the way to death threats.
"You took a gun to an animal and shot it at a distance that it can't defend itself," wrote one person on one of Lucy's posts. "You murdered a bunch of animals because you felt like you are superior to them. If you did that to a group of humans, it would be mass murder, but because you think you're above animals it makes it acceptable?"
But the 29-year-old from Wanaka, New Zealand, has defended her hobby. She told The Sun: "We love hunting and the outdoors.
"Pig hunting mainly, but we do it all and bring the kids along for the ride. A day hunting is always different but usually starts with packing the truck and heading off into the mountains or the bush."
While some of her followers have criticised her for having her kids at the hunt, Lucy claimed it was better that they should see how animals go from the wild to someone's plate.
"I hate factory farming so hunting wild meat is ideal, organic and sustainable," she said. "The animals are living a good life. It's free, it's fun and it helps the farmers."
Lucy said that while it can be difficult sometimes to find places to hunt in New Zealand, she often gets calls from farmers to help them get rid of pests.
According to the interview, Lucy and her family hunt up to 10 animals a month and her biggest catch was a 108kg boar.
As for the negative comments, she claimed to treat them like water off a duck's back.
"I've had a few death threats from people who just don't have any experience with hunting. Or maybe they are against animal cruelty. But I don't take it to heart," she said.
"I just tell myself, 'That person must be going through something in their own life and I can't judge what I don't understand.' We make sure we respect the animal in the process."
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