Melissa Bachmann, host of the Minnesota-based hunting show Winchester Deadly Passion managed to get a lot of people upset recently. After a South African expedition she posted several images from the hunt onto Facebook, including images of herself posing with a "beautiful male lion" she killed. Other members of the hunting community were of course supportive but, not so much the rest of the planet. Cape Town resident Elan Burman has already managed to obtain 15,000 signatures on a petition to ban Bachmann from ever returning to the country.
"She is an absolute contradiction to the culture of conservation, this country prides itself on," the petition reads. "As tax payers we demand she no longer be granted access to this country and its natural resources."
There is still no statement from Bachmann herself but, officials at the conservancy where the hunt took place say that it was part of a conservancy program. A program carefully monitored to maintain a sustainable population.
I would love to know how killing a vulnerable species could help sustain it.