An Open Letter To Melissa Bachman!

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*This is in reference to the social media outcry yesterday, when the woman in question posted a victorious photo of her and a dead male lion she had shot in an enclose environment.

*Please note that this letter is not intended to discriminate against woman or the female race in any way, shape or form. Just one woman. Because shes a gross whore, and regresses the gender exponentially.

Dear Melissa Bachman

Firstly, I would just like to say I hope you enjoyed your time in South Africa and hope you took a few other souvenirs, besides the dead endangered animal carcasses you proudly posed upon. Mainly AIDS. Our nation is rich in heritage and beauty, the cradle of all natural life. And you have managed to shoot one of them in the head. With a giant scope. And a 12 gauge rifle. In a cage. Without even having the courtesy to look this majestic creature in the eye. So naturally I can imagine you are quite the big cheese back in Redneck Hicksonville in the grand ‘ol U S of A.  Your cousin must be relieved you’re back; the pigs just didn’t quite cut it with their hand jobs. Must be the hooves.

But seriously, and this is genuine interest, at what point do you derive pleasure from killing innocent creatures for sport? They’re so defenceless why waste expensive bullets? Why don’t you just gather ten of them and economically gas them in a chamber? Oh right, because then you’d be Hitler.  And even Hitler struggles to buy dungarees from K-Mart. Now many of the South Africans who chose to chastise and deride you for your plundering of their local wildlife, were labelled “liberal hypocrites” by your supporters. Of course had your admirers taken the time to finish 3rd grade, they would have learnt that a “Liberal” is someone who is tolerant of the ideas and behaviours of others, which of course didn’t really become apparent when one of the commentators requested that you turn the gun on yourself. And received a subsequent 41 likes in an hour. But we can’t expect people who support killing for sport to be intelligible can we?

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The argument is that if you eat meat, such as farmed cows or chickens, then you can’t complain if someone kills an Alpha male lion. Did you eat that lion? I’m going to hesitate a few guesses and say no. By that definition then, where do you stop? What won’t you kill? A black Rhino? An orca? A Phillipino child? If you would excuse my turn of phrase for a second; where does the “buck” stop? Personally if I were to put my moral and ethical conscious on the back burner for a few minutes I’d hunt you. Id shoot you right in the neck and mount your disgusting botoxed face on my wall. Wait. No. The last thing I’d actually need is your silicone infested head dripping toxins into my fireplace. I’d turf the body. But hey it’s all for good sport right?

From a young age you’ve been bred to hunt, as seen from your website’s picture gallery. The fact that I’m pretty sure you didn’t eat these 30 foxes aside, you didn’t know any better I’m sure. Kind of like how you can’t be angry at Ku Klux Klan children hey? Or those cute little Burundi child soldiers? But you’re a big girl now, and quite honestly if it wasn’t for the fact that horned up Americans flutter their eyes at anything with tits, you would just be another burley tobacco chewing bearded redneck killing shit and getting average ratings. So congrats on pimping yourself out with guns, you’re a role model to children the world over.

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In a world where your country is viewed as a trigger happy embodiment of war and suffering, where innocents die and justice is seldom found, do you really want to be the poster child for a nation void of humanity? Why come to other countries where the animal kingdom is revered as a cornerstone of their inheritance? Stay in your two-horse country bumpkin village and kill your own fucking guinea pigs if you want. I’d like to think we honour the land we live on. Next time you’re in our hood, please pop on down to Cape Town, there’s a couple of really great folk dishing out excellent hugs. With knives.

~Stroob~

*Follow @Stroobz on Twitter as he takes a Ku Klux Klan finger painting seminar, and teaches human hunting to a pack of hamsters.

 

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98 Comments

  1. Matt Litkie says:

    this is fucking brilliant!!

    • Ryan says:

      We should be targeting the operators/owners of these hunting farms to an even greater extent

      • Bianca Prinsloo says:

        I agree with Ryan. Its no use writing this disgusting letter to someone who PAID an extremely high fee to do this. If there wasn’t anyone facilitating these hunts, they wouldn’t happen. You cannot blame only Melissa for this. Also, I do think the letter was extremely harsh, but I can understand the emotions there.

      • simi says:

        Yes it is terrible that people want to travel to Africa to kill native wild life to fulfill some ridiculous fantasy. but perhaps these farms are a good thing; I mean if such things didn’t exist more people would be hunting where it was deemed illegal and devastating for the ecosystem.

      • Pierre says:

        Hey Ryan.. So I guess you are an expert on this subject and a qualified environmental scientist of some sort? Because if you are you would know that these same guys that you want to target (owners of hunting farms) are the people that helped saved countless amounts of species in south africa. I agree,trophy hunting is disgusting, and im not for it… BUT, a lion (whose population is high in SA) gets shot by a yank, that money goes back to the farmer… He then does not go and buy a new BMW… Instead, he invest in his game breeding program and so saving our wildlife!! If not for yanks coming to our shore and paying lots of money to hunt, animals like our Sable (swartwitpens) would have been long gone by now… So unless you yourself, or anyone else for that matter has spent time helping the conservation efforts in SA or donated large amounts of money, stop ranting about things you have no idea about.

      • James says:

        By the same token, if we did not have halfwits like this being prepared to pay for the hunt, the operators would not have anything to facilitate! Put the whole bunch of the morons in a cage and lets shoot them.

      • john macwhinnie says:

        Blanca The letter is NOT harsh at all, she deserves to experience no less than what she dishes out.What she is doing is called murder.

        • John says:

          To John Macwhinnie: Even though I find killing animals for “pleasure” weird and disturbing, I still don’t understand why both the letter and your comment display so much hate towards that woman. Firstly, you are twisting the meaning of words you use: to murder means: “1. To kill another human unlawfully.
          or 2. To kill brutally or inhumanly.” I have a strong suspicion that she would do neither of the two.
          Secondly, the letter is extremely harsh (if you don’t see it, cool down and read it again) and it seems it’s based just on the person’s emotions – I hope that’s the reason why the person wrote the rubbish about placing a human trophy on a wall – however if this letter was written with a cool head, it would qualify the writer to be even more of a “sadist”, then the people he’s aiming his letter against. And thirdly, the problematics of the hunting farms probably isn’t all that straightforward, as Simi and Pierre have mentioned above… Best regards (no hanging nor torture), Jan, medical student, Czech rep.

  2. Ian says:

    This is a great letter but the problem was that some douche greedy money grubber allowed this disgusting human to shoot the lion in the first place in our country.

  3. MP3 says:

    Thank you @Stroobz Thank you!
    I hope she reads this.
    She just fucked with the wrong people.

  4. Ian says:

    This is a great letter but the problem was that some douche greedy money grubber allowed this disgusting human to shoot the lion in the first place in our country. I seriously hope something comes of this and she is barred from entering our country as well as her spawn.

  5. MP3 says:

    I really hope this bitch reads this

  6. Robyn says:

    Excellent! I agree with everything that you had to say, but unfortunately Ian is correct too. We need to put a stop to canned lion hunting in (South) Africa if we are ever going to stop these despicable, trigger happy hunters from killing our beautiful wildlife. Thank you again for writing this.

  7. Local Boy says:

    Well, this is awkward.

    Few issues here, I’m afraid. But let’s start with the wholly disgusting and degrading way that you use “AIDS” as some sort of punishment or stigma. From a South African? Really?

    What a disgrace you are.

    On the rest of your piece:
    Firstly, the African Lion is not endangered. At worst, its status is described as “Vulnerable” in some of the areas in which it resides. There are about 35,000 lions in Africa, almost 60% of which are in locations called “strongholds”, where their populations are increasing.
    So your idiotic and utterly pointless “where do you stop?” comment is rendered idiotic and pointless. Ms Bachman does not hunt endangered species. She hasn’t previously, and she hasn’t in this instance either.

    Your plea pandering to our environmental side falls rather flat, since she also came into this country completely legally and did something which is not only completely legal, but also something which is provided by many establishments here. Now, you may find that latter fact distasteful (I know I do), but that’s not really a reason to suggest that you’d actually enjoy shooting her or that you hope she gets stabbed in Cape Town (way to go at publicising our city to other tourists, by the way), now is it? Barking up the wrong Jacaranda right there, china. And bordering right on the edge of legality regarding free speech too: a dangerous dance move to attempt with a rich, litigious American, I’d suggest.

    Also, well done on invoking Godwin’s Law by the second paragraph. That’s the way I always identify quality writing straight off. THANKS FOR MAKING IT SO EASY.

    Look, I could go on and on, and on. There’s not a lot within your letter that doesn’t deserve some degree of criticism. But the fact is, this lady has made a career (a very successful one, in fact) from doing something that she’s good at, she’s dedicated to and which a lot of people share her interest in.
    It might not be to your taste, and of course you can voice that opinion on that (as you have done, rather poorly, above), but that doesn’t change the fact that she’s actually done nothing wrong, except in your eyes and those who support your view (which might be loads and loads, and vocal and loud, but again, that’s not really important).

    Want to change things? Then petition your Government. Join some organisation and attempt to ban lion hunting (but look at what happened to the rhino when they made it illegal to shoot them). But this open letter writing slacktivism shit? Well, it’s just that. Shit.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    • Chelsey says:

      Yes there was a few technical errors but that does not change the fact the killing animals for sport is probably one of the sickest things a person can do. She might as well shoot children. Why doesn’t she burn down an orphanage while she’s at it? You might think I’m over reacting but to be honest you’re disgusting. You just as gross as she is. It’s cruel and only a scumbag would ever even think about killing something as beautiful as a lion, or any animals for no other reason than sport. Just for the fun of killing. Maybe being shot in the head would make you understand how sick you sound.

    • Matt says:

      Sounds like a hunters response… The most important point I feel here is – did she eat the Lion… NO! So why the fuck would you shoot a threatened animal?? And the fact it wasn’t in the wild, makes it even worse… Not even sporting! Pathetic

    • Carolyn says:

      You are right. The lion isn’t listed as endangered yet, because hunting lobbies keep coming with their big bucks and fighting it with outdated definitions and cooked figures. Fact is lion populations have dropped almost 50 percent in a couple of decades, and their habitat has been reduced by 75 percent. So, let’s be proactive for once and not insist on persecuting a species for vanity’s sake, rather NOT wait until it is ‘officially’ endangered and then try to reverse the inevitable slide to extinction….why must a species be endangered before we decide it is NOT OK to kill for fun, and when will hunters finally realize that everyone who opposes them isn’t an ‘ar nutter’ and that the majority of the population opposes their actions?Sadly most of the trophy hunting fraternity has big money and more sadly feel no need to use it responsibly rather than for sick grand standing.

    • Dedsish says:

      Local Boy needs to die of aids also, nuff said

  8. Cuan says:

    I love this letter.. I totally agree with Stroob.. This bitch needs to go home to her hill billy town and stay there.. What trash..

  9. Tamlyn says:

    Hi there, See she still has an FB fan page that you can like? Cant we shut that too? Hate this low life??

  10. Darwin says:

    The sad part about this is that it was even allowed. And the fatc that she gets away with it everytime. Read another article about the US offering $1m for the busting of a poaching syndicate. Won’t be surprised if this heartless piece of shit is behind that too. How can you kill so many animals and feel no remorse.

  11. Darwin says:

    The sad part about this is that it was even allowed. And the fatc that she gets away with it everytime. Read another article about the US offering $1m for the busting of a poaching syndicate. Won’t be surprised if this heartless piece of shit is behind that too. How can you kill so many animals and feel no remorse. Let’s get this chick in a cage and shoot her or get a few lions to hunt her and then we’ll let them pose next to her carcass and we’ll take some pics.

  12. Liam Williams says:

    Great artical and I fully agree. However it’s the South Africans that run these caged lion hunting camps that are the real disgrace. I have personally been to one of these camps and it is a real disgrace. The sad “glory” of killing Africa’s greatest preditor is sold to these half witted Americans and they swallow it hook line and sinker. Also to point out that the lions are in the cage (albiet a large enclosure, still no hunting or tracking skill required as the tracker employed does the tracking) are drugged up and only brought in a few days before once the hunt is confired so they are very drowsy. I grew up around lions and personaly seeing the difference in a helthy lion compared to these cages dugged up ones is completely evident. So to point your gun at a drowsy animal that the tracker has found in a relativly small encloser and shoot when someone tells you to shoot and think you have have conquered Africa’s greatest animal is absolutely pathetic. As the auther said: come back stare a lion in the eye with no gun no backup protection and if it doesnt kill then you will have come to understand true respect for our animals. Untill then you and all those who run these camps are disgracefull cowards. Punisment should be to drop you naked into a pride of lions and then see how powerful you really are.

  13. Jay says:

    Amusing but unfortunately the writer of this article is just about as stupid as the woman who shot the lion, even though the writer has good intentions and a very amusing style of writing. Please think before writing in future and don’t let your emotions cloud the big picture. I’m against hunting, i love animals, but just look at the bigger picture for one second. In Africa we have an exploding population. Animals will become extinct in future as poachers and growing settlements wipe them out. The only way to safeguard our animals is by 2 methods. a) a tourism wildlife park b) a hunting wildlife park. BOTH secure the continued existence of our animals from poachers and growing settlements… even if we don’t like option ‘B’. A friend of mine works for a Wildlife park in Zim and a nearby hunting wildlife park was closed down and land sold. Guess what happened? All the manmade water supplies were turned off and poachers killed the last of the animals that didn’t die of thirst. So instead of losing one lion… we lost 100s of animals. In the World we live in… if something is not directly connected to money, it becomes extinct… that is the unfortunate sad fact. If this woman paid a small fortune to kill this lion but by doing so saved others, then she has done good… even if 99% of us think its disgusting! This outrage against this girl and public outcry may have just killed 100s of lions as it will impact on demand for hunting, which in turn may mean the hunting lodges in Africa cease to exist. Going to be more profitable to shoot all the animals and sell the land to developers instead.

  14. Shaun says:

    Just had a look at her website and a vid where she kills a bear and now I feel like I have some form of writers block because I don’t know what the fuck to say…that’s how totally fucked up it is. She’s obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed as can be heard. Sick, disturbing, sad.

  15. Chris says:

    Gotta agree with Ian there… As terrible as this incident is, we also need to find out who the individual(s) or company(ies) is/are that allowed her the “privilege” to kill…

  16. Kerry says:

    Cudo’s to you! But her Facebook page is very much still active! :(

  17. Gregg Sonic says:

    Change the Laws and get these animals protected as the profits of canned hunting does not benefit wild life and its preservation but lines the pockets of the elite.

  18. Bruce says:

    Great letter! Feel free to contact Melissa on Twitter https://twitter.com/MelissaBachman should you wish to express your feelings towards her. I’m sure she will appreciate the gesture!

  19. Yvette says:

    Sad pathetic humans that will never evolve mentally. Evil dark souls. Karma will find you.

  20. Yvette says:

    Sad pathetic humans who will never evolve mentally. Evil dark souls. Karma will find you.

  21. Zanie says:

    Her FB page has not been shut down, it is still very much up and running!!

  22. Michelle says:

    As much as this woman disgusts me, the real problem here is that canned hunting is still being allowed. Whether it be legally or otherwise, it is happening. And as previous commenter mentioned, these camps are run by South Africans. Stricter laws should be in place.

  23. Martin Slabbert says:

    So you write, “hope you took a few other souvenirs….. Mainly AIDS.” Are you fricking kidding me??

  24. anib says:

    agreed with Jay above… the woman has done nothing illegal here. go after the right sources… and maybe dont fight violence with violence and you’ll look like a dick. shoot her in the face? wtf is that shit??

    Otherwise, how in the hell is it ever appropriate to call someone a whore? Unacceptable. You dont get to decide who is a good woman and who isn’t.

  25. Chester says:

    Funny article and am equally outraged by the hunting industry, but Jay is right. The hunting industry (and that is big 5 trophy hunting too) is unfortunately the reason wildlife parks (especially the private ones) can sustain themselves. Don’t think for a second that it’s tourism that keeps game parks afloat, in the Eastern Cape alot of the parks facilitate hunting but go by a different name. Our minister of environmental affairs said earlier this year that trophy hunting contributes a vast amounts to conservation. In other words, when Michelle pays her R80 000 to secure a lion hunt license and then pays exorbitant rates to go to the various parks and do the hunt, that money goes to sustaining these parks in the first place. Its a sick system where we have to kill animals to save them. Last year in Zambia you could still buy licenses to hunt rhino.

    While photos like these are outrageous and disgusting, it doesn’t mean the practice is not common. In actual fact South Africa is one of the few places that is a top trophy hunting destination yet bans hunting advertising – so in a way, us regular peeps are kept quite separate from it.

  26. chris says:

    Learn how to construct a sentence before you write an article that clearly shows you are intolerant, reactionary, aggressive, rather shallow and above all a bit dim. You react with such hate and violence that it seems to me you are worse than this hunting lady. Think, meditate, research, remove emotion and act with restraint and love. This is how you change the world in a sustainable way. Twit!

  27. maxine says:

    Excellent!

    I cannot identify with this Melissa Bachman as a fellow female. I look at her the same way I see rapists and murderers, such a pity she never got to meet them upon her arrival.

    I definitely agree that this hunting shit needs some mediation. Hunting buck is chilled as they are turned into food and the leftover skins are well used to make awesome craft.

    But shooting a lion, thats just one way of proving to the world that you are an arrogant fuckhead with too much money and you wanna show it off to the world.

    The truth is there is no fucking talent in this chick. She had a fucking good rifle on her, any retard could shoot a carrot from a km with one of those! She’s just being an aggressive little bitch who I hate to know what she’s gonna come back as in her second life!

    A friend of mine’s father’s career is taking dumbs American’s on hunts to Zimbabwe to shoot Leopard. R400 000 just to hunt it then they have to pay massive amounts to export that shit back. Personally, growing up in KZN I’ve been to so many game farms and never seen a leopard in my life and thats part of the reason I’m fucking livid with this melissa chick.

    I just wish they would ban hunting of such animals like they banned harpooning of whales. If its just for your mantle piece then you a pose!

  28. Geoffers says:

    Sustainable Utilization – SU-eNEWS No 4 (10/11) MEDIA FEATURE

    Africa 2100 Reality Check – Take Note Warns Ron Thompson !!

    Whether you like hunting or not is irrelevant to the SU debate: hunting vs eco-tourism. By the end of this century (2100) it will be Africa’s rural people who will determine how wildlife will be managed. U.N. statistics record the following: In the year 1900 there were 95.9 million people living in sub-Saharan Africa; by 2000 that number had increased to 622 million; and the projected population for 2100 is in excess of 2.5 billion. Poverty and unemployment are the two principal drivers of poaching – from guineafowl to rhinos & elephants.

    At the moment one-in-four people in South Africa are unemployed. In the rest of Africa the figure is much higher. Poachers – the people who pull the triggers – poach for survival. And that fact will never change in Africa. When the cooking pot is empty Africa’s people will find some way to fill it – without compunction. This being a fact of life in Africa how are we going to stop poaching in 2100 – when there will be four times as many people on this continent as there are now – when we cannot control poaching today?

    By 2100 (and beyond) the only wildlife surviving, and the only national parks in existence, will be those that contribute the most to the people’s survival. Instead of fighting about whether tourism should replace hunting as a land-use strategy, therefore, we should be trying to find an acceptable way to integrate the needs of Africa’s people with the needs of our national parks and wildlife resources – because it is THAT which will determine the issue in the longer term. And THAT – realistically – means a sustainable harvest of some kind. And the most lucrative kind of harvest is hunting.

    If we do not start treating our wild animals as “wild animal products of the land” that are used sustainably and wisely for the benefit of Africa’s people, the people will replace it with “Domesticated animal products of the land” (cattle, sheep and goats) that WILL provide them with survival benefits.

    To resolve the hunting vs eco-tourism debate, therefore, we have to look a little further than the ends of our noses.

    Ron Thomson on 06 November 2013 posted under comments @

    Hunting versus Eco Tourism – Pot-Shot 05 Nov 2013

    A couple of years ago Pot-Shot wrote on the article on the benefits of eco-tourism versus hunting. Many of the things are still true but the story has got a tail which is worthwhile considering.

    Botswana has now banned hunting in its conservation areas in favour of eco-tourism. But nobody has informed the local population about it. Firstly there are now much less food readily available for the local population. So small scale poaching is on the increase. Secondly the local chief who was “renting” the area to the outfitter received of a portion of the hunting revenue. Now the revenue is much less because the eco-tourism brings in less money. They threaten to cancel the leases for eco-tourism purposes. Nobody wins in this scenario, not the local population, not the government nor does nature because nobody is looking after it anymore.
    Read full story & comments @

    http://www.pacificbreeze353.com/newsletters/index.cfm?y=article&company=17&article=6821&nl=968&click=web&subsection=50&langu

  29. Jacqui says:

    You ROCK dude!

  30. yesgoodsir says:

    A few points for Stroob:

    1. Hunting is legal.
    2. It attracts millions of rands into local economies which otherwise would never see a single visitor because their coffee shops don’t sell hazelnut biscotti or offer unlimited free WIFI.
    3. Unless you are a raw food vegan, you are indirectly responsible for far more heinous animal deaths.
    4. She has bigger balls than you do.

  31. Jackie says:

    I love you!! You took the words straight out of my mouth! Hilarious article! You deserve a bells!!!

  32. I personally think that she is such an inspiration to us all, she is clearly talented with a rifle and bow and has got an eye to kill. Perhaps she should have gone to the army but hey I would let her pomp a bullet into me anytime #ExcuseThePun If you eat the animal then whats wrong with killing it…. I understand being upset with someone who shoots a leapard or rhino cause you not going to eat it, but people eat crocodile. The other thing is that everyone goes on about free range meat…. well thats the most free range your meat can get. One more thing is hunting farms have actually saved wild animals, if you look at a place like Zimbabwe where there are no longer hunting farms because of our friend Robert you will notice that neither are there any wild animals because they have all been poached. Although animals on hunting farms are being killed its in a controlled and sustainable manner.

  33. maggie says:

    What a badly-penned,juvenile rant. While I am fundamentally opposed to anyone glorying in the senseless death of an animal, you do people like me a disservice with your needlessly defamatory, personal attack. References to whores, AIDS, Hitler and Wal-mart are exceptionally immature, embarrassing, and – ultimately – damaging to your own credibility. How old are you?

  34. Niems says:

    Jeepers some of you people here are a bunch of pussies. Let the man say whatever the fuck he wants. This isn’t your open letter. If you want it different then write your own one.

    Constantly surprised at how fucking baby some people are. “Don’t say that, how can you say this, you’re worse then her”, are we in preschool or some shit? When did it become practice to do everything your way hey? Same goes for the whole rape joke shit a while ago. Oh let’s all just become dumb, sensitive bitches who cry every time they hear someone say something they don’t like or agree with. Fuck man a hundred years ago you were getting killed up in wars and shit. People at least had a pair. They didn’t have a hissy fit when someone spoke his mind, however different it might have been.

    Loved the letter, cause it was fucking bitter and crude. Tell me what’s ‘normal’. I’ll tell you that it’s something we just made the fuck up and put a label on.

    Peace, love, irie.

  35. cheyenne says:

    We don’t need any more crazy extremists in this country. How is threatening another human being with murder better than killing animals?? The stupidty of this letter is quite predictable.

  36. Tarc says:

    Serious!
    What a magnitude of effort everyone has gone to for the sake of a photo!
    Can anyone say photoshop??!!
    Check the lighting and contours and maybe retract a few of your snark comments!

    • Mart says:

      I’m a photographer, there is no PS here, the photographer has used a fill flash or other lighting source to illuminate the foreground.

    • Martin Reid says:

      I’m a photographer and very experienced Photoshop user, even using a channel based mask would not render a result like this, there is no PS here, the photographer has used a fill flash or other lighting source to illuminate the foreground. The lions mane and the background branches would be almost impossible to separate with that result, the shadows are consistent as are the contours, It’s original, perhaps a sharpening filter or level adjustment but that’s about it. I pulled the image into PS and tested each channel with a level adjustment at which stage you would see the editing artefacts, definitely no superimposition going on here. It’s head has been propped up on a mound of sand for the shot, how sad.

  37. AI says:

    Provocative, interesting and entertaining article. It was also passionately put together. Please try to add some logic to future articles: Strawmanning, especially by comparing this woman’s actions to the crimes of Hitler or the murder of children, really makes your article lose any sense of credibility and fosters idiocy.

    On a broader note, we should remember that if we consider ourselves to be virtuous and in support of moral actions, we need to realise that this woman, despite her questionable appreciation for nature, is not threatening anybody or forcing anyone to do anything. Yes, many of us appreciate nature, and despise actions which take it for granted. There is however very little anyone can do, morally, to stop people from engaging in voluntary transactions of property (yes, the animal is private property). The only moral option is social ostracism, which the article fails foster, by inciting hatred and suggesting that the initiation of force against this woman is somehow a credible solution.

    Perhaps the animal lovers should realise that the reason why society opposes unnecessary violence towards animals is that it is a precursor to violence against human beings. The animal itself is not really the focus. How we interact with our fellow humans is the key concern here.

    Proposing government-enforced bans on behaviour you disagree with, which is in no way threatening you, is no more moral than suggesting that we send a gang of thugs to go and physically threaten the owners and clients of these distasteful establishments. Violence is never the solution to social disagreements.

    I lost more faith in the moral conscience society by reading the comments of people opposing this woman’s distasteful behaviour than by learning about the woman’s actions themselves. It is however always interesting to see how out of touch people are with their sense of ethics and morality. Suggesting that we employ coercion to protect the welfare of animals makes about as much moral sense as fighting for peace or fucxing for virginity.

    Peace.

  38. Jeremy says:

    I am a South African who is in the process of becoming an American. I agree with you that no one should ever kill anything for a sport, I agree with you that it is morbid and that it is uncalled for, but your take on the country I call home is pretty messed up. Don’t take cheap shots at a place you have I ignorantly assume you have never been. This country has many bad things about it but South Africa has a few more. Yes, I can go into the Walmart less than 2km away from my home purchase a rifle and have it after the 48 hour cooling off period, but at least I don’t live in constant fear of being shot and killed on my old plot in South Africa. I know that you are now probably thinking, but what about the mass murders like Columbine or Connecticut? Well firstly what about the lady from Johannesburg who was brutally raped, this means that she maimed during her raping and then left to die for what a R1000? We have our bad eggs here but there are close to 400 million people who live in this country, of course amongst those there are going to be bad eggs. The Government is pretty dodgey at the best of times but at least the president wasn’t tried for corruption and gotten off even after the other party was already in jail for the same corruption charges. Before you go on again to bash the country I live and yearn for the day i become a citizen, go research things like 619 Boston Strong, go research the aid that my country has sent to the Philippines. People only see the bad side in America, they see the “hicks”, the “gangbangers” but what you tend to forget is that you have a bunch of dutchman who trust me are worse than hillbillies and you have Cape Towns gangs which are ranked the 3rd worst in the world! There is a reason why thousands upon thousands of people leave South Africa every year to move to America. It is not because of the American dream, its because its just that little much better than the South African dream. I will forever be a South African at heart, but I cannot wait for the day i get to call myself an American.

  39. xanne says:

    This redneck bitch is probably to stupid to understand the letter IF she can read……

  40. K says:

    what are you sicko. satan? how the hell can your heart allow you to kill such innocent creatures? you must not have one. psycho.

  41. Colin says:

    lol a gross whore, just because she hunts.. she regresses the gender? if this was a guy.. hahaha

  42. Lottie says:

    Fantastic article. Eloquent, concise, cutting. Even if she does read this I doubt she’ll care – she’s too far gone – but the overwhelming disgust her revolting pictures have incited is proof enough that there is a little humanity left in the world. Even if it’s not within her.

  43. Tuna says:

    Here is the contact number of the ‘resort’ that she went hunting in whilst in SA, feel free to abuse at will:
    Tel: +27(0) 15-534 0669
    Cell: +27(0) 72 763 1483

  44. bob frank says:

    Legally speaking animals are property as such can be sold, killed or both as in this case. a simple question of business dynamics how many lions were breed to keep the operation running, if the number of animals breed is far greater than death, they (hunting farms) are doing south africa/ animal lovers a service.

    morally it may be bad to kill for sport and not meat it may not, but how many families were feed due to this death.

    If you feel the need to complain about all the things wrong with these statements do something about it.

    Here are some options.
    1. Become/hire a Lawyer/judge and change the system
    2. Start an animal sanctuary
    3. join the army/ police/ parks board/ and stop Poaching
    4. clean a park, something

    Actions save our awesome environment not speeches or letters

    freedom of speech does not allow for hate speech which this clearly was.
    Lastly in a fight, a hunter vs a guy/girl from cape town who do you think wins. my moneys on the hunter

  45. Gillian says:

    There was a huge debate the other day about being ‘politically correct’ and what is right and wrong on how you say things. I , for one don’t care. If i have something to say..I say it.. What happened to the days, where one airs their views without everyone getting their tits in a knot. The reason this women is getting the negativity she is getting, because she is a ‘woman’. Woman are supposed to be nurturing..compassionate..carers…role models..etc..etc..not hunters.

    Yes women have evolved, but the way I see it, women are not supposed to be killers of anything. The fact that she wants to teach children to hunt defenseless animals is very questionable. I, as a woman am questioning that. For the men who love this kind of woman…good for you, but believe me, you wont be with her for long…she will be too much competition and will question your abilities as a man. The quote ‘wonder who wears the pants in the house’ comes to mind.

    If one considers the problems in America, this I believe is exactly where it starts. Their currency states ‘ In God we trust’, yet their morals, principles and ethics are very questionable. There are more schools killing in that country than anywhere else in the world. Why?, I truly believe it’s because of this and they way they blatantly advertise weapons, and their accomplishments with those very same weapons. This in not the way to go about it. Adults, are supposed to be role models to our children and youth. So where do we start with that???

    Everyone has their own ideas about conservation, I do not believe killing a defenseless animal in a controlled environment is the answer either.

  46. Drienie George says:

    Just so cowardly. In an enclosed area? False, false, totally false!

    • Conrad says:

      Isn’t the “enclosed farm” more to blame?
      Like drug dealers and addicts. Addicts have the
      Illness, like this lady has for killing, but she’s
      given ample opportunity to ply her trade.

  47. Jim Ferringer says:

    It takes one sick person to kill such beautiful harmless animals, hope she misses next time and we get to see the lion eating her……………..

  48. To kick off, I’m in no way if favour of hunting and would be completely incapable of shooting an animal. However, morally there is little difference between professional hunting and the killing of any other farmed animal. Hunting in SA is a 6.2 billion rand a year industry in South Africa employing thousands of people. There is no difference between it and any form of farming. Animals are bread sustainably, endangered species are not hunted on theses farms. The animals are raised and kept in better conditions than any cattle, chicken, pig or any other animals mass produced on farms.

    The sports hunters are professionals and accompanied by professionals from the farms. Arguably they suffer less than a cow at a slaughter house being shot with a metal pin or a chicken getting it’s head sawed off on a production line where in it’s whole life it never saw the light of day. The carcasses are processed, meat is not waisted, between the taxidermy and what happens with the rest of the carcass less of the animal is wasted than a cow raised at a feed lot and killed at a slaughterhouse, that animal never even sees green grass yet we feel no guilt buying it in the store.

    Making the hunting of animals illegal leads to the very situation we are dealing with currently when it comes to rhino horns. Regulating and legalizing the sale of these products only leads to more control and better conditions.

    Two or three days ago, Princess Anne as the president of the World Horse Welfare society argued for the sales of horse meat would greatly improve the living standards of horses and save thousands of neglected horses. The RSPCA agrees that the humane slaughter of horses could achieve this. In South Africa we are living proof that the legal hunting of wild animals of reserves leads to greater number, better conditions and the preservation of animals that would no doubt be on the verge or already extinct if they were not worth such vast amounts of money being farmed for hunting. Many of these farms would not be around if it were not for hunting. They get their revenue from that and would not exists if they could not charge for hunting and trophies but only a game drive or two. There are many successful reserves that do survive merely on tourism revenue, but that pales in comparison to farms that breed game for hunting etc, many parks buy their animals from farms like this. And many game farms where hunting takes place take the overflow from parks like the Kruger Park, where for example many animals are culled each year to control their numbers with exactly the same gun a hunter takes his trophy down with.

    It is an industry that is part of our regular agricultural industry, but also one that play a very large role in conservation in South Africa, plays a massive role in our economy and by extension in the lives of many people in this country. It is also a industry that is completely legal , highly regulated and one that preserves the numbers of animals instead of brining it down. I grew up on a farm, and while it was dairy with cows spending their lives in green pastures I can attest to the conditions on feed lot farms where our beef products etc come from, an animals on a hunting farms lives a much better life, needs to in optimal condition to justify the price on it’s head and more than not hardly feels the pain a animals feels when it does to end up on a supermarket shelf.

    • Dave says:

      There is a huge difference between shooting an animal for just trophy and shooting an animal for consumption. The former is cowardly and dishonourable whilst the latter is the most honourable one. After killing one animal, one can truly appreciate the value of its body. This lady however, has given every hunter a bad name. I actually wish someone took her and dumped her into the False Bay along with some whale blood and chum so the great whites can have her for their meals.

      People who consume meat purchased from supermarkets cannot, I repeat, CANNOT, point a finger at a guy or a girl who shot an animal for consumption. I have shot numerous bucks and I have eaten every body part of theirs except the head where they are used as trophies. I have a collection of numerous recipes of cooking them. I always make my best shot to kill so that they never knew what happened. If they suffered, I take it hard. It makes no fucking difference whether it’s a blooming industry or not, people need to have some fucking morals. Or they should be the ones that will be hunted by guys like me. Of course, I wouldn’t eat them but I would proudly feed them to the lions. It ought to be legal to kill these dicksucks. Especially after a nice long court session, they can be sentenced to run through the bush. If they escape, they are free. If they don’t, well, their heads will be on our walls. Easy solution. Problem is some people will always trump the criminals’ rights more than the righteous. And people wonder why the world has gone so screwed up?

      • garygray says:

        Your vitriol is totally unjustified and illogical to boot..why not apply the same logic to anyone who eats any form of meat? What about the horrendous conditions that poultry/pigs/cattle are subjected to, in the quest to fill Humanity’s belly? Or the massive scale of Human development and it’s effect on wildlife habitats – much more damaging than a ‘Huntress’and her single trophy..we are all to blame..
        and ‘Righteous’??? You are a morbid example of the phrase ‘ Evil done in the name of good, is still evil..’ You kill with the same method and coldheartedness yet because you may walk a little further and eat the flesh directly – you are Honourable and she not?
        Hypocrisy is even more repugnant when justified ..

    • Just some added numbers:
      In terms of the 10,000 odd reserves in South Africa 75 percent of revenue is raised from hunting. Lions can go from anywhere between $20 000 and sometimes $30 000 dollars. The industry, the 10 000 lodges, provide jobs for about 100,000 to 140,000 people in the country, most of them are paid with the 75% revenue derived from hunting. So while a few farms derive no revue and do produce animals like those hunting, the hunting industry provides the bulk of animals reared in SA. So, 25% is eco tourism and is suggested that the hunting revenue numbers are actually underestimated. Without hunting around there is no wildlife industry. The vast majority of wildlife in SA is raised in captivity on hunting reserves. In terms of reserves there 2 registered on gov reserves in SA in the 60s pre
      -hunting. Now after opening up there are about 10 000. The numbers speak for themselves.

    • Jayda says:

      I got to the word “bread” and quickly came to the conclusion that you are an idiot. Maybe I should hunt you. You are an animal. Please don’t reproduce.

  49. Lara D'Aurelio says:

    to melissa bachman. I hope someday, i hope with all my heart that someday soon you get attaked by a lion and torn into fucking pieces. you piece of shit

    • HC says:

      I hope for that too. I hope she feels the pain she has inflicted on these precious animals. I never use this word, but she deserves it, Melissa is a C u N T. I hope she is shredded apart by the lions, but they don’t eat her- just take a photo of her torn up body and hang it on the wall inside the den.

  50. To kick off, I’m in no way if favour of hunting and would be completely incapable of shooting an animal. However, morally there is little difference between professional hunting and the killing of any other farmed animal. Hunting in SA is a 6.2 billion rand a year industry in South Africa employing thousands of people. There is no difference between it and any form of farming. Animals are bread sustainably, endangered species are not hunted on theses farms. The animals are raised and kept in better conditions than any cattle, chicken, pig or any other animals mass produced on farms.

    The sports hunters are professionals and accompanied by professionals from the farms. Arguably they suffer less than a cow at a slaughter house being shot with a metal pin or a chicken getting it’s head sawed off on a production line where in it’s whole life it never saw the light of day. The carcasses are processed, meat is not waisted, between the taxidermy and what happens with the rest of the carcass less of the animal is wasted than a cow raised at a feed lot and killed at a slaughterhouse, that animal never even sees green grass yet we feel no guilt buying it in the store.

    Making the hunting of animals illegal leads to the very situation we are dealing with currently when it comes to rhino horns. Regulating and legalising the sale of these products only leads to more control and better conditions.

    Two or three days ago, Princess Anne as the president of the World Horse Welfare society argued for the sales of horse meat would greatly improve the living standards of horses and save thousands of neglected horses. The RSPCA agrees that the humane slaughter of horses could achieve this. In South Africa we are living proof that the legal hunting of wild animals of reserves leads to greater number, better conditions and the preservation of animals that would no doubt be on the verge or already extinct if they were not worth such vast amounts of money being farmed for hunting. Many of these farms would not be around if it were not for hunting. They get their revenue from that and would not exists if they could not charge for hunting and trophies but only a game drive or two. There are many successful reserves that do survive merely on tourism revenue, but that pales in comparison to farms that breed game for hunting etc, many parks buy their animals from farms like this. And many game farms where hunting takes place take the overflow from parks like the Kruger Park, where for example many animals are culled each year to control their numbers with exactly the same gun a hunter takes his trophy down with.

    It is an industry that is part of our regular agricultural industry, but also one that play a very large role in conservation in South Africa, plays a massive role in our economy and by extension in the lives of many people in this country. It is also a industry that is completely legal , highly regulated and one that preserves the numbers of animals instead of brining it down. I grew up on a farm, and while it was dairy with cows spending their lives in green pastures I can attest to the conditions on feed lot farms where our beef products etc come from, an animals on a hunting farms lives a much better life, needs to in optimal condition to justify the price on it’s head and more than not hardly feels the pain a animals feels when it does to end up on a supermarket shelf.

    You can find me on Twitter @j8kes, might not see replies here for a bit

  51. AT says:

    actually, because of hunters & poachers like her, the black rhino is officially extinct :l

    • Stephen says:

      Actually, that’s absolutely incorrect and you have no idea how this industry works.

    • Stephen says:

      Actually, thats complete bullshit.

    • Laura S says:

      I’m not in her camp at all, but for accuracy’s sake it should be pointed out that the black rhino is not in fact extinct. A sub-phenotype called the West African Black Rhino (common in the bulge of Africa/Cameroon/Nigeria) is extinct. That article doing the rounds last week was published 2 years ago and referred exclusively to this specific group of rhino. Black Rhinos as a species are critically endangered, but no, not extinct.

  52. Jacob says:

    You can’t just go shoot a male lion. She probably paid an arm and a leg to shoot it, some of which will go to conservation efforts. Since it was shot on a hunting reserve, the killing of it has no affect on the survival of the species. The only affect here is that more money got pumped into conservation. Quit crying about the little things and look at the big picture.

  53. Gab S says:

    Great Article. Anyone who fervently hunts like this really has some serious anger issues, IMO. POS.

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/881/181/732/stop-blogger-and-google-from-allowing-and-promoting-thrill-killinghunting-of-animals/

  54. Simon says:

    It’s completely unfair to criticize the writing ability of the author. So a person can only express an argument as long as they possess perfect grammar the wit of Oscar Wilde? Is that what we’re saying? In any case, the humour here is clearly tongue-in-cheek and done in order to express disgust. No right minded person could believe that the author of this piece genuinely wishes that Ms. Bachmann has contracted AIDS or should be knifed in cape Town.

    There’s obviously a wider debate/debates to be had here. I’ve been reading people’s reaction to this on the web and there’s been the predictable “You liberals don’t get our culture…You eat meat so how can you complian…An octupus is more intelligent than a lion and you don’t cry about that…Lions are not officially endangered…She’s doing nothing illegal…The Philippines Typhoon killed women and children…etc and many more supposedly relevant arguments supporting her actions. All I know is that my disgust would hold firm regardless of gender or the species of animal involved. In a time where there is genuine debate about whether or not humanity will survive the next 200 years, what purpose does the killing of a vulnerable (if not officially endangered) species serve? I’m no expert but I’m pretty sure an apex predator like this is important to the ecological balance of the region. Why on earth does any man or woman want to kill something for no reason other than self gratification? Isn’t that one of the hallmarks of a psychopath? If so, why not have funparks catering for the twisted needs of all kinds of disturbed individuals? And as far as the “It’s tradition” argument goes, all I can say is this. Slavery was a tradition, human sacrifice was a tradition, putting mentally disabled people on display was a tradition. Maybe we could revive a few of those choice pastimes?

    Will she eat this animal? No. Will she need its mane to keep warm? No. Is it a fair fight and therefore, a genuinely SPORTING encounter? No. How is it an achievement to shoot something that has no clue it’s being shot at? I don’t know. Is she an obnoxious geebag who doesn’t even deserve this level of intelligent discussion? Very much so. Her taking credit for this is like me taking credit for beating a two year old 1-0 at football.

    This woman is a poster girl/masturbatory fantasy for gun toting morons everywhere. She’s probably expolited as much as she exploits. But she is in no way a feminist trailblazer.

    I just think she’s an assehole.

  55. pepenature says:

    These hunters are a barbaric and disgusting blight on civilization!

  56. Britney Beeby says:

    Don’t use the word whore.

    Yes – she’s an absolute fool, and an idiot, and deserves to be put into a cage, drugged and shot the same way she treats her ‘conquests’, but using the word whore is out of place.

    As a country, we need to put a stop to the hunting of our wildlife for trophies and sport. If it’s not for food, it shouldn’t be considered for hunting, end of story.

  57. Kate Cassidy says:

    You are a very sad individual to get pleasure from shooting a beautiful endangered animal for sport. Not much fun for this poor lion..you have no heart or soul, damn you….

  58. kenya says:

    Omg. ..her & family killed the whole fox population who lives like that
    how much death do one need to witness..My heart hurts for those animals

  59. Laura S says:

    While I agree with the sentiment wholeheartedly , I can’t help but find this piece revoltingly sexist. What does being a whore, or “regressing the gender(?)” have to do with anything. I don’t understand why gender roles have to be distinguished here. It’s of no consequence. She’s a revolting human, that is all.

  60. Evelyne Roudeillac says:

    Totalement écoeurant! Quelle lâcheté! Il n’y a vraiment pas de quoi être fière de s’exhiber pour un acte aussi cruel! Et si les rôles étaient inversés? Y aurait-il toujours cet air fièrement affiché? J’en doute fortement…

  61. Evelyne Roudeillac says:

    Totally disgusting! What cowardice! There is really nothing to be proud to show off for an act so cruel! And if the roles were reversed? Will there always this air proudly displayed? I highly doubt …

  62. Jen says:

    As an American, I am offended by the remarks you said about our country, ya this lady is from here and she is scum. I cant believe that someone in Africa allowed her to hunt on “private” land for this animals. I signed the petition for her NEVER to return to Africa. BUT I also, dont want her ass back in USA!

  63. Casie says:

    I cannot disagree with the fact that this woman did a horrible thing, I’m totally against the whole caged lion thing and I really hope someone will do something to stop this cruel ‘sport’ soon.

    That being said. I find this letter to be distasteful and quite rude. Yes you are angry, I get that, but dropping down to the level of the person you’re accusing of something just doesn’t cut it.

    Not only did you insult her, but you also insulted an entire nation based on the horrible stereotypes you threw around. I’d suggest next time, that you leave out that slander, and simply state your opinions using facts and/ or well formulated arguments. Maybe the reader can then grasp the seriousness of your disapproval and your reasons for disapproving, instead of battling the desire to pepper your mouth and send you to the naughty corner.

  64. Anthropocentrism says:

    If man is killed by an animal, we shoot it. If man kills an animal, it is called sports. These “game farms” are the pinnacle of Anthropocentrism, meaning, the idea that humanity is superior to all other animals. There are 8 billion humans now, destroying the whole planet, littering their own nest, and to top if off, they also destroy endangered species. Not for food, but for sports. Future generations will vile us, they will hate us for not being able to see an animal left in the wild anymore.

    To Michelle: Let’s play a game! You better never come to my country, because if I even spot a glimpse of you, rest assured that I will stalk you like you stalked that majestic lion, and you won’t walk away with a smile on your face. Grow up, you coward!

  65. uga says:

    “No-one in their right mind would ever travel to India and massacre the rare white elephant there. But people come to our motherland to brutally murder the White Lion of Timbvavati in the name of manliness and in the name of sport. The sacred icons of other nations are respected, revered, protected. But the icons of Africa are massacred with cold impunity by people like you – Credo Mutwa” And our government is in on it. :(

  66. Zimbabwean says:

    Really?

    So lets get this straight. In the US of A that great country with a vibrant economy and full employment and no worries about not paying healthcare – you think it is ok to point fingers at how less developed countries (which the US refuses to trade on an equal scale with due to subsidies)make money?

    Hunting has two important features. 1) It brings in a lot of money to the economy and provides for a lot of jobs. 2) Any true conservationist will tell you that in third world countries where there is often other priorities for Govt funding (famines, AIDS drugs, natural disasters), wildlife conservation doesn’t get a huge slice of the pie. It’s just plain fact. Unfortunately the photographic safari’s and tourism are so competitive that the money from these is nowhere near enough to sustain the anti-poaching efforts, fencing, animal welfare etc etc efforts that are needed.

    Result – hunting which caters to wealthy individuals provides that money to make sure the wildlife can be sustained.

    Unfortunately as much as it must be lovely writing from your condo or house with a picket fence in the American dream, living and surviving in the Third World is a little different.

  67. carlos says:

    HIJA DE MIL PUTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

  68. Jane Smith says:

    Your letter lost all credibility with me when you weren’t intelligent enough to come up with something to call her but a whore. So all of you against her and wishes she picked up Aids on her journey… shame on you. That makes you no better than the lady you are wishing harm against. She went somewhere were this was legal apparently. So maybe you should go after the people/government that allows this. And for heavens sake don’t you dare do anything that may make people label you a “whore”.

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