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Woman from Eastern Kentucky facing scorn for killing giraffe

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Published: Jul. 2, 2018 at 7:02 PM EDT
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A woman from Eastern Kentucky is taking heat for hunting and killing a giraffe in South Africa.

Tess Talley, who's originally from Johnson County, says she's received thousands of angry messages and threats over pictures she posted with overseas trophy kills.

Africa Digest tweeted images of Talley with a giraffe she hunted and killed, which went viral.

Talley says she's been the subject of relentless online scorn, even getting criticism from celebrities like actor Ricky Gervais who tweeted, "Giraffes are now on the 'red list' of endangerment due to a 40% decline over the last 25 years. They could become extinct. Gone forever. And still, we allow spoilt (expletive deleted) to pay money to shoot them with a bow and arrow for fun."

Trophy hunting is legal in several African countries.

Talley sent WSAZ a statement Monday saying, "I get that hunting is not for everyone, that's what makes this world great is the differences, but to make threats to anyone because they don't believe the way you do is completely unacceptable."

Talley also says that breed of giraffe is not rare in any way and was beyond breeding age. She says it had killed three younger bulls who would have been able to breed.

She says now that the giraffe is dead, the younger bulls are able to breed, allowing the population to increase -- a method known as conservation through game management.

Talley says she was blessed to be able to get 2,000 pounds of meat from that giraffe.

You can read Talley's entire statement below: