A 12-Year-Old Girl Is Receiving Death Threats After Posting Pictures With Safari Animals She Gunned Down In South Africa

“Murderer.” “Evil.” “Disgusting.” These are just a few of the adjectives used to describe a 12-year-old trophy hunter named Aryanna Gourdin. She had been the target of an onslaught of criticism online, some go as far to threaten her life, for posing next to several wild beasts she’s gunned down while hunting in South Africa with her father.

The Utah-native has uploaded photos of her posing next to a dead bear, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest, to name a few.

Aryanna spoke to Good Morning America and defended her hobby:

[Hunting] is something I cherish and enjoy and I want other people to see what I experienced.

I would never back down from hunting. I am a hunter and no matter what people say to me, I’m never going to stop.

The main point of contention for people online was the photo Aryanna posted next to a deceased giraffe, an animal her father claims is a ‘problem’ animal that was ‘eating up valuable resources other giraffes need to survive.’ He claims that the animal fed up to 800 orphans in a local village in South Africa.

As Unilad points out, one person on Facebook decided to fight fire with fire:

I literally hope someone skins you, makes me wanna kill her.

Americans generate an estimated $300 million a year in Africa through hunts and trophy hunters imported nearly 32,500 lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalo, and leopards from 2005 and 2014 according the US and International Humane Societies, as Mirror reports.

Of all the wild beasts killed over the years and all the money made from the hunts, none is more important than our most coveted fallen friend.

*Takes dick out*

I know we got a lot of hunter bro followers, what do you guys think? Are these hunts of Africa’s most majestic creatures unnecessary or are these animals overpopulated in this region and  decimating the grub worm population? Let us know in the comment section.

[h/t Mirror]

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