A hunter from Utah is getting death threats on social media after comedian Ricky Gervais posted this picture of her with a giraffe she killed on his Twitter page.
The woman in the photo, Rebecca Francis, is a hunter and outdoorswoman who won a TV competition called Extreme Hunting in 2010 and hosted the show Eye of the Hunter.
Francis, a mother of three and a stepmother to five, said she has hunted zebras, lynx, brown and black bears, Alaskan moose, sheep, rams, deer, goats, and elks, even hunting while she was pregnant.
Twitter users began immediately attacking Francis, with some sending her death threats.
Francis defended herself in a statement on the HuntingLife.com Facebook page yesterday, saying the photo was from five years ago and that she hunted the giraffe because it was "inevitably going to die soon."
She wrote that every part of the giraffe was used after he was killed:
I chose to honor his life by providing others with his uses and I do not regret it for one second. Once he was down there were people waiting to take his meat. They also took his tail to make jewelry, his bones to make other things, and did not waste a single part of him. I am grateful to be a part of something so good