Two years ago, American hunter Tess Talley provoked controversy after photographs showing her posing with a slain giraffe went viral.
Now Talley has spoken out about her thoughts on hunting during an appearance on CBS This Morning, describing it as a ‘hobby’ and ‘something that I love to do’. Talley also regards her trophy hunting to be a form of ‘conservation’.
While appearing on the show, Talley was asked about what she thought when she looked at the photograph which had proved so divisive, to which she responded:
I see it as a hobby, I see it as something that I love to do. It’s conservation, and this hunt in particular is a conservation hunt.
@CBSThisMorning @GayleKing Why oh why are you entertaining and giving a platform to that murderous bitch? I have never heard such PURE SHIT! May what she did to that innocent animal come back and be done to her! #TessTalley is a POS!— Violet Benny (@vbenny111) June 7, 2019
Clarifying what she meant by the term ‘conservation hunt’, Talley explained:
We are preserving the wildlife. So what we do is, we are managing herds. We are managing numbers of wildlife.
We’re hunters, and we’re proud to be hunters. I am proud to hunt and I am proud of that giraffe.
One of the things which most disturbed those with anti-hunting views was the way Talley had smiled in the picture. And this was something the presenters wanted to address.
Responding to this, Talley said:
You do what you love to do. It’s joy,
If you don’t love what you do, you’re not gonna continue to do it.
#TessTalley can say conservation but her grin, pride and bragging says I like killing wild animals and uses "conservation" as justification. She's disgusting, clearly a privileged, wealthy, selfish human.— Continuum (@AdriftSWVA) June 7, 2019
Talley also addressed the sense of ‘remorse’ she feels when hunting the animals, explaining:
Everybody thinks that the easiest part is pulling the trigger, and it’s not. That’s the hardest part.
But you gain so much respect, and so much appreciation for the animal because you know what the animal is going through. They are put here for us. You know, we harvest them, we eat them.
When asked why she doesn’t just put money towards conservation rather than go out trophy hunting, Talley said:
I would rather do something I love to do rather than just give a lump sum of cash somewhere and not know particularly where that is going’.