Tess Talley, an American trophy hunter who went viral in 2018 after posting a picture of a giraffe sheâ€™d killed, spoke out for the first time since the controversy in an interview with CBS aired this week.
The image, which showed Talley posing next to a dead giraffe sheâ€™d bagged during a trip to South Africa in 2017, sparked widespread backlash.
Talley spoke to â€œCBS This Morningâ€ on Friday and revealed that the worldwide outcry hadnâ€™t dulled her passion for hunting.
â€œItâ€™s a hobby, itâ€™s something that I love to do,â€ she said and explained that the 2017 kill was part of a conservation effort to manage the wildlife population in the area.
â€œHe was delicious,â€ Talley told CBS Newsâ€™ Adam Yamaguchi when he asked about the particular kill that made her one of the worldâ€™s most infamous hunters.
She also revealed that sheâ€™d made a gun case and decorative pillows out of the old black giraffe.
â€œI am proud to hunt. And I am proud of that giraffe,â€ Talley told a â€œCBS This Morningâ€ studio panel.
Co-host Tony Dokoupil pressed her on the seeming â€œpleasureâ€ and â€œjoyâ€ she got out of hunting.
Talley was unapologetic.
â€œYou do what you love to do. Itâ€™s joy,â€ she said. â€œIf you donâ€™t love what you do, youâ€™re not gonna continue to do it.â€
â€œCBS This Morningâ€ co-host Dana Jacobson alluded to previous comments Talley made, in which she said she felt â€œremorseâ€ after killing an animal.
â€œIf thereâ€™s remorse, why do it?â€ Jacobson asked.
â€œEverybody thinks that the easiest part is pulling the trigger. And itâ€™s not,â€ Talley replied. â€œThatâ€™s the hardest part. But you gain so much respect, and so much appreciation for that animal because you know what that animal is going through. They are put here for us. We harvest them, we eat them.â€
Talley said she was â€œsurprisedâ€ by the reaction to the photo she posted to social media showing off her kill.
Members of the urban community of fashion tend to think that guilt-free meat is simply grown on supermarket shelves.