Hunter in viral photo of dead black giraffe says it was delicious to eat

In 2017, an American hunter killed a rare black giraffe while on an expedition to South Africa and stated it was delicious to eat. The photo went viral, drawing widespread condemnation and support, but one year later, Tess Talley, 38, appeared on “CBS This Morning” on Friday and told hosts she “absolutely” will still continue hunting.

“I am proud to be a hunter, and I’m proud to hunt, and I am proud of [killing] that giraffe,” Talley later told host Gayle King calling hunting a “hobby” and something she loves to do and what she does helps to manage wildlife.

Talley, who lives in Odessa, Texas said she made decorative pillows and a gun case out  of the skin of the giraffe after dining on the “delicious” meat.

“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 that animal because you know what that animal is going through.

They are put here for us. We harvest them, we eat them,” Talley stated.

Asked why she just wouldn’t donate the money it cost for her to go on hunting trips to aid conservation, Talley said she loves what she does.

“The money from conservation hunting, as you describe it, is a paltry sum compared to wildlife tourism,” co-host of CBS This Morning, Tony Dokoupil told Talley. “So the argument isn’t the strongest. You say joy, you say you enjoy it — that I understand. The conservation part doesn’t add up for me.”

After her shocking photos on Facebook went viral, Talley received numerous death threats; people had even shown up at her job where she works at a ball-bearing factory,

As far as giraffes in the world, Talley’s conservation argument doesn’t hold much water. Within the last 15-years, the giraffe population has decreased 40 percent. One giraffe a day is killed, and most have been giraffe-derived trophies imported into the United States over the last 10 years.

Progress is being made to declare giraffes as part of the  Endangered Species Act to protect them from hunters, poachers and habitat deprivation.

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