A 12-year-old schoolgirl has sparked an online firestorm after photos of her posing with wild animals she killed on an African Safari appeared on social media.
Aryanna Gourdin from Utah received death threats for her actions but vowed that she would never stop hunting.
The Sun reports:
The angelic-looking girl, who went on the hunting trip with her dad Eli, said she does not regret killing the huge giraffe, a zebra and a wildebeest on the holiday despite being called a ‘murderer’ by angry online users.
While speaking with Good Morning America, determined Aryanna said she will never give up the sport she loves.
She said: “It’s 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.”
Dad Eli told the show that the giraffe which his daughter killed was a “problem” animal in the area and was “eating up valuable resources other giraffes need to survive.”
He claimed that the meat from the tragic beast fed 800 orphans in a local village in South Africa.
The protective father added: “I don’t tell anybody else how to raise their children.
“We’re proud to be hunters and we’ll never apologise for being a hunter.”
Aryanna, who has been hunting since she was seven, called the trip to South Africa “one of my dream hunts for sure.”
The young girl’s gruesome pictures of her kills have led to an avalanche of online hate including death threats.
One poster wrote: “literally hope someone skins you,” while another added: “makes me wanna kill her”.
Another angry poster said: “Do the world a favor and kill yourself already before someone else makes you disappear.”
Many users have suggested that the schoolgirl’s actions are thoughtless.
One user posted: “Thanks for reminding me that stupid people still exist.
“Please consider using that thing in your head next time, that what we call A BRAIN.”
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