Rebecca Francis is a big game hunter from Utah who doesn’t like killing animals… SHE LOVES KILLING ANIMALS!
Little animals, big animals, ferocious animals, defenseless animals, it doesn’t matter. If it walks on all fours, this mother of eight will kill it.
Rebecca lets nothing stop her from her passion of hunting:
“We hunt elk and deer every year without fail, even through pregnancy, and nursing babies. Our hunting trips are self-guided.”
She prefers bowhunting and has a list of kills by bow and arrow that would make Daryl Dixon proud:
- 10 1/2 ft. Brown Bear
- Black Bear
- Shiras Moose
- Alaskan Moose
- Dall Sheep
- Stone Sheep
- Desert Bighorn Ram
- Rocky Mountain Bighorn Ram
- Mule Deer
- Whitetail Deer
- Mountain Goat
- Arapawa Ram
- Black Wildebeest
However one of her murder trophies caught the attention of the Internet and it quickly went viral. Comedian and animal activist Ricky Gervais tweeted a photo of Rebecca smiling and lying next to the corpse of a freshly-killed giraffe.
That sparked a whirlwind of emotions and discussions. Some animal lovers took things to the dark place of issuing death threats on Twitter.
Rebecca responded to critics on the Hunting Life Facebook page.
On one side of the argument, big game hunting has been held as a prestigious sport of skill by society’s elite for hundreds of years. On the flip side, is it really that challenging to murder what is basically a horse with a giant periscope for a head that gives away it’s location for a 5-mile radius? The giraffe doesn’t have a bow or a gun, and even if it had a firearm, it doesn’t have hands or the mental capacity to wield a weapon. The dumb animal would probably just chew a gun for 12 minutes until it finally realized that it wasn’t food.
There’s so much controversy over big game hunting. Maybe if we tweaked the rules, it would make everyone happy. Make hunting legal on any animal, buuuuuuuut no weapons. You can only hunt if you use hand-to-paw/hoof combat. This levels the playing field for the animals and I imagine that we would cut down on our own overpopulation.