TV show host slammed after killing African lion
A TV host is facing criticism after she killed an African lion and tweeted a picture of herself smiling next to its corpse.
GrindTV reported that an online petition was started to try to ban Melissa Bachman from South Africa, the country where she killed the lion.
Bachman is a big game hunter and TV personality from Minnesota who has made a living out of hunting animals around the world.
She tweeted the picture earlier this month, with the words “An incredible day hunting in South Africa! Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion…what a hunt!”
The photo was retweeted more than 1,000 times and shared on Facebook more than 2,300 times after it was posted to her page.
A Change.org petition requesting that Bachman be denied future entry to South Africa was started after she shared the photo. The petition has more than 400,000 supporters.
Hunting lions in South Africa is not illegal with the proper permits. The Maroi Conservancy facilitated Bachman’s lion hunt and said meat from hunted animals goes to a local community.
The African lion is considered “vulnerable,” which is one step above “endangered,” meaning the animal’s population is declining.
Killing a prime male lion like the one in the photo “disrupts the species,” according to Dr. Luke Hunter, the executive vice president of large cat conservation group Panthera.
Hunter said prime male lions guard their females from strange males taking over the pride and killing cubs. This means the death of a prime male lion can lead to the death of entire generations of lions.