I keep seeing stories and photos of this young woman from Texas who posted a bunch of pictures of animals she killed while she was in Zimbabwe to a public Facebook profile she created for the purpose of documented her hunting and conservation efforts.
Lots of people are, of course, outraged by the photos of dead lions, rhinos, and elephants. And lots of other people are, of course, quick to defend this fantastic young sportswoman for just generally being great in every way. And I’m sure you can guess almost perfectly where these different people fall on the political spectrum in the U.S.
I’m not a hunter, obviously, and I don’t know much at all about hunting so the whole thing just seems ghastly to me. And, of course, it’s an example of someone whose family has a great deal of wealth flouting that wealth in the most “Look-At-Me; Look-What-I-Did” sort of way. Now, I would probably have the same reaction to people posting photos they took with deer they shot, but there’s also something decidedly shocking about her toothy grins alongside carcasses of endangered animals (even if, as she says, these animals were hunted appropriately, in the proper places and with the proper permits, and, like, the elephant meat was given to grateful villagers (?!)).
And I suspect she knows this.
But maybe someone wants to explain to me why this whole thing isn’t the ghastly outrage it appears to be?