A TV hunter enraged viewers by posting a photo of herself with her latest kill after what she calls "an incredible day hunting in South Africa."
As of Friday morning, more than 76,000 people had signed the petition, which was sparked by Bachman posting a photo of herself with a mature lion she had shot in South Africa.
“Trophy hunting is despicable and counters any efforts of conservation," the petition states. "These photos represent Bachman’s complete disrespect for nature and we do NOT want her influencing our children and being promoted by TV networks."
Bachman killed the lion during a guided hunt, with South Africa’s Maroi conservancy saying that she had had a lion on her “wish list” for the hunt.
“We are not apologizing for facilitating the hunt. As for all the negative commentary towards us, please consider how much you have contributed to conservation in the past 5 years,” the conservancy said in a Facebook post. “If you are not a game farmer and struggling with dying starving animals, poaching and no fences in place to protect your animals and crop, please refrain from making negative, derogatory comments.”
The National Geographic Channel dropped Bachman from “Ultimate Survival Alaska” last year after an online petition, the story notes.
Bachman wrote in a tweet accompanied by the photo below: “An incredible day hunting in South Africa! Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion … what a hunt!
"My first Nyala in South Africa … what a beautiful place and incredible weather!! I’m loving it here …”
Among those commenting was comedian Ricky Gervais, who tweeted: "’@MelissaBachman: incredible day in South Africa! Stalked this male lion…what a hunt! pic.twitter.com/Gerc9AfmGo’ spot the typo"
Here’s the photo from Bachman’s Twitter account: