Thousands sign petition against lion huntress

2013-11-18 12:07

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Cape Town – US television presenter, Melissa Bachman, has sparked international outrage as a photograph of her posing with a magnificent maned lion she had evidently shot and killed has been doing the rounds on social media.

Bachman, presenter of ‘Winchester Deadly Passion’ and self-styled hardcore huntress, posted the image on her Facebook page with the caption “An incredible day hunting in South Africa!! Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion...what a hunt!” She even made it her profile picture. 

The hunt had taken place at Maroi Conservancy in Limpopo and Bachman mentioned professional hunter, Julious Heyneke in her photo caption, recommending his services. Photos on his Facebook page reveal that he is no stranger to lion hunting.   

While her Facebook fans responded with accolades such as “That’s my hero! Congratulations” and “Wow. You get right to the point! Congratulations on a tremendous trophy,” conservation groups and wildlife lovers have reacted with outrage. has set up a petition, asking the South African government to deny Bachman future entry into the country. The petition has 86 400 signatures so far and gaining more by the second. A ‘Stop Melissa Bachman’ Facebook page has also been set up and currently has 65 710 ‘Likes.’ 

Africa Geographic reports that a number of prominent South Africans have also expressed their disgust with Bachman’s actions. Ben Trovato wrote a tongue-in-cheek open letter to the huntress on his blog, while Jeremy Mansfield wrote the following on Facebook: "What a good-looking hunter! What a magnificent body. What a perfect face. Absolutely beautiful. The other is a p**s with a telescopic rifle." 

 While both Bachman and Maroi Conservancy’s websites have been disabled, their Facebook pages are still accessible. Various people have expressed their confusion over the outraged response to Bachman’s hunt on Maroi Conservancy's page

“Hey guys I'm from Louisiana in the United States, keep up the good work and don't be discouraged,” one international fan said, while a local opinion read: “It amazes me that you get so much negative reply towards a legal and fair hunt but that there is no commentary or outrage regarding the amount of children being raped and murdered in South Africa and the fact that our law has now allowed hard core porn to show on our channels from 8 o clock at night.”

In the mean time conservationists and wildlife lovers have continued expressing their anger on Twitter:


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