Tess Talley, the woman who sparked controversy after posting pictures of herself posing beside a giraffe she hunted, has finally spoken out.

According to her, this is a ‘hobby’ and ‘something I love to do.

To her, hunting is a form of ‘conservation’.

Check out her interview below:

She said, “I see it as a hobby, I see it as something that I love to do. It’s conservation, and this hunt in particular is a conservation hunt.”

Of course, animal-lovers didn’t react well to her comment.

One responded:

But Talley went on to say what she actually meant by ‘conservation hunt’.

“We are preserving the wildlife. So what we do is, we are managing herds. We are managing numbers of wildlife.” She said, “We’re hunters, and we’re proud to be hunters. I am proud to hunt and I am proud of that giraffe.”

Another Twitter user responded:

What angered a lot of people was the smile that Talley bore in the pictures.

To this, she clarified, “You do what you love to do. It’s joy, if you don’t love what you do, you’re not gonna continue to do it.”

People had a lot to say about that too.

When asked about the ‘remorse’ she felt, she answered, “Everybody thinks that the easiest part is pulling the trigger, and it’s not. That’s the hardest part.” She continued. “But you gain so much respect, and so much appreciation for the animal because you know what the animal is going through. They are put here for us. You know, we harvest them, we eat them.”

Then the interviewer asked her why she didn’t choose to give money to various conservations rather than hunting animals. She replied, “I would rather do something I love to do rather than just give a lump sum of cash somewhere and not know particularly where that is going.”

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