Monday, February 22, 2021
Valentine’s gift from her husband
Hobby hunter brags about giraffe heart
A big game hunt for Valentine’s Day – the South African Merelize van der Merwe received this unusual gift and caused a stir with her trophy. The hobby hunter not only shot a 17-year-old giraffe bull, but also presented the cut-out heart of the animal on Facebook. “Have you ever wondered how big a giraffe’s heart is? I’m overjoyed with my Valentine’s present!” Wrote van der Merwe under her post.
The South African has more than 96,000 followers in the social network and vehemently defended her approach. “If hunting is banned, the animals become worthless and disappear,” said van der Merwe to the “Mirror.”
The hunting trip would have meant work for eleven people and a lot of meat for the locals. She claimed the old bull’s death meant “a new bull can take over the herd and provide new strong genes”.
Mark Jones of the British animal welfare organization Born Free Foundation described the trophy hunters’ claims that they were concerned about the protection of wild animals as “highly misleading” to the “Mirror”. “Trophy hunting is not an instrument to protect animals, nor does it contribute significantly to the financing of local communities.”
The animal welfare organization Peta put it even more drastically in the case of van der Merwe. “Someone who kills another sentient being, cuts its heart out and brags about it, is the definition of a sociopath.”
Van der Merwe pays little attention to her critics. She has no respect for the animal welfare lobby. “I call them the mafia,” she told the newspaper. In another Facebook post, she stated that she was not interested in the “hurt feelings”. “In the world, children are raped and human trafficked every day, right in front of your eyes,” she wrote. “But I can make the front pages of the world with a giraffe that was about to die anyway.”