The American woman that came under fire in 2017 for posting pictures of a giraffe she killed in South Africa is still participating in hunting expeditions, according to a CBS News interview.
Many were outraged when Tess Talley posted pictures of her hunting trophies on social media two years ago. She has now spoken to CBS to defend her actions, which she says are meant to promote "conservation through game management."
Talley told CBS this Friday that she's "absolutely" still going hunting, and that she is proud of the giraffe that put her in the media’s spotlight. "It's a hobby, it's something that I love to do.”
The women added that the giraffe was used to make decorative pillows and a gun case.
Talley said she was surprised by the "crazy" reaction of the public and the conservationist community to her pictures. Last year, a number of detractors tracked her down to her workplace to try to get her fired.
According to Kitty Block, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, “a 2015 estimate found that fewer than 100,000 giraffes remain in the wild in Africa.” Close to 4,000 giraffe-derived trophies were imported into the U.S. over the last decade, Block added.