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Lion Huntress Melissa Bachman Under Fire Over Gruesome Photo

Lion Huntress Melissa Bachman Under Fire Over Gruesome Photo

The backlash against the celebrity hunter's South Africa kill intensifies with an internet petition

Critics of celebrity hunter Melissa Bachman might not quite be calling for her head and demanding that it be mounted on a wall — but it's getting close.

The internet is roaring with protests against Bachman after a photo of her striking a smiling pose with a dead lion spread online.

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A change.org online petition slamming Bachman has amassed more than 282,000 signatures, asking that she be banned from South Africa.

“Melissa Bachman has made a career out of hunting wildlife, for pure sport,” the petition, started by Cape Town resident Elan Burman, reads. “She is an absolute contradiction to the culture of conservation, this country prides itself on. Her latest Facebook post features her with a lion she has just executed and murdered in our country.”

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Meanwhile, the Facebook group Stop Melissa Bachman has collected more than 160,000 “likes.”

“Stop Trophy Hunting,” the group's Facebook page implores. “Stop the murder of wildlife for the sport. Stop Melissa Bachman and people like her from pulling the trigger.”

Bachman, the host of “Winchester Deadly Passion, ” posted the photo on her Twitter account Nov. 1, writing, ‘An incredible day hunting in South Africa! Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion…what a hunt!”

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The kill took place  during a guided hunt sponsored by the Maroi Conservancy, which defended its hunts as “ethical” in a post on the organization's Facebook page on Saturday.

“We are not apologizing for facilitating the hunt. As for all the negative commentary towards us, please consider how much you have contributed to conservation in the past 5 years,” the post reads. “If you are not a game farmer and struggling with dying starving animals, poaching and no fences in place to protect your animals and crop, please refrain from making negative derogatory comments.”

According to Maroi, Bachman had a lion on her “wish list” for the hunt. Though lions don't naturally reside on Maroi, the conservancy said that it contacted an outfitter to elsewhere and facilitated the lion hunt.

Maroi said that it “did not benefit financially” from the hunt.

Bachman has felt the sting of internet protest before. Last year, the National Geographic Channel pulled the huntress from its series “Ultimate Survival Alaska” after an anti-Bachman petition was filed online.

  • Tourville

    Does the term: ” Bust ah Cap in ‘er Arse ” hold any meaning for you ?

    • Wade

      She hunts a lion legally and you are calling to shoot her… How does that make you any better than what you are condemning?

      • Dan

        Killing Legally? For survival I get it, but just to kill? If you want to kill, volunteer yourself to a war, oh wait, the enemies might shoot back, that wouldn't be right, would it?

        • Anthony Likens

          Obviously you and everyone else signing this petition know nothing and are ignorant of the facts of hunting in Africa. All guided hunts have native africans that travel with the caravan. When a kill is made, no matter what type of animal it is, the natives take the meat back to camp and their families. Most Africans do not have guns as we do, and starve because they cant collect enough food. So Mrs. Bachman is actually a humanitarian by definition. Get a clue!

          • Dash O

            Then shoot a cow for them. She's not broke. If she's doing it for the humanitarian relief, then why not spend the money it cost her to fly there with an entire TV crew and instead fly them some food. You're a moron for trying to justify it on her behalf. It was on her wish list. I wish for a lot of shit. Does it mean that no matter how fucked up it is, if I can twist it in any way shape or form to justify it, it makes it OK?

            I grew up and lived in Colorado for 20 years hunting deer and elk for sport and food. I have no problem with that because they are not and have never been endangered.

            Truth be told, at 40 years old, I'm not exactly pro-hunting anymore. Although I'm not opposed to people hunting. I just think it seems crazy to want to hunt an animal like a lion.

            I watched a hunting show late one night where the dipshit “tracked” “stalked” and took down a giraffe…..

            A fucking giraffe. It was the most pathetic thing I've ever seen on television. Its that mentality. That mentality that has a touch of underlying psychosis. A giraffe. Why??? Because you want to kill shit just to kill shit and it gets to the point that you need more and different and exotic to satisfy that urge? I really cannot think of A SINGLE reason other than that for wanting to kill a fucking giraffe.

            And this twat Bachman… its akin to the Japanese finning of sharks. Can an argument be made for them? They are literally wiping out the population of basking sharks and taking a heavy toll on whale sharks. But some Japanese swear by their “medicinal” properties. Then buy some Advil. Just because it CAN be used for something doesn't mean its ok to do it.

      • hughjorgan

        when you hunt an animal that has seen it's population dwindle to little or nothing for sport your a piece of shit plain and simple lions aren't food and I'm sure god didn't intend to have his creations slaughtered for shits and giggles

        • GW

          It'd sure be nice for once if you people who jump on these comment bandwagons actually knew something, anything, about what you're commenting on!
          Do you actually think that a person can just head over to another country and kill an animal without the proper paperwork to back it up? And do you know what that paperwork might be? Yes, it's a license to take an animal. A license that was derived following the extensive study on the areas wildlife carrying capacity. All hunting directly correlates with these studies. If populations lack, then guess what, animals won't be able to be taken. So, with that in mind, it appears that there was a need to remove an upper food chain, predator within that area, doesn't it?
          You people need to quit letting your emotions run your keyboards. If you don't know about the subject you're commenting on, look into it first before typing something you have no clue about!
          Melissa, nice job in helping the remainder of the pride out, by removing that big, old guy! Good luck on your next adventure!!!

      • Mark

        She didnt really hunt it now did she? She had Maroi go get the male like it was on a shopping list and then plopped it down in front of her at shooting distance. She is disgusting. The big game hunter myth is long over. There is no need to kill this animal. What pride can you take in killing something that has done nothing to you, poses no threat, and provides no benefit other than the bragging rights of having ended its life? No one eats lion meat. How many more species need to be extinguished for these sadistic bitches and bastards. Once upon a time people were starving and it was kill or be killed, or starve. That is the justification for hunting and its an honorable one. Lions nowadays certainly dont need culling, this lion was not a hazard or nuisance. This cunt just likes killing. Fuck her I hope she gets giant lumps of cancer in her big fat fake tits and dies. And you other hunters that stick up for her and hide behind your meat eating arguments can blow me. Theres a humane way to raise animals for slaughter and then there is just killing because you take an obscene pleasure in knowing you put something's lights out. Fuck you, you cowardly little shits. You suck.

        • Ashley

          ^^^^^this had me laughing “giant lumps of cancer in her big fat fake tits and dies” lol My whole family hunts but we hunt the normal animals like turkey, deer, pheasant etc. We are brought up to hunt for meat and not one of us would even think about killing that beautiful lion. No one eats lion meat and no one would want a lion mount except a monster. I would go to Africa to see all the amazing animals not kill them.

        • Tom Stanley

          I sure hope you don't own a gun as you are a PRIME candidate for the looney bin.

        • Harry

          Thank you, Mark, for framing it properly. I do speak from the perspective that I gave up eating mammals for philosophical reasons close to 30 years ago, so I don't believe that I'm a hypocrite in my views. Yes, I could kill in self defense, but putting yourself purposely in the presence of a predator animal for the purpose of “hunting” it, read “killing it for sport”, is not remotely self defense or defense of others. I think that the modern hunter, who does not hunt for subsistence, and especially those who hunt endangered species, are not only missing something in their souls, but those who think that squeezing a trigger on a modern rifle to kill an animal, even a potentially powerful predator, and imagine that they are “macho”, or that they are proving themselves to be “alpha” males and females, are really just insecure cowards, who don't know what real bravery or “masculinity” is, and aren't really proving anything except how desperate they are for something to make themselves feel “powerful” or “masculine” or “brave”. If you want to prove yourself brave, how about going up against someone or something that has an equal chance to prevail. (Then you might actually be able to claim to be “brave”, even if you'd be missing other key traits.) The fact that Ms. Bachman (or any hunter like her) felt the need to display her kill, and pose over it with a big smile, like she had accomplished something powerful, real, or to be proud of, says everything about how messed up she really is. In some cases, obviously, killing an animal (or even a human) may be necessary for self-defense or defense of others, but a really “powerful”, secure, self-respecting, and/or whole person has no need to show it off or be proud of it, much less have a gigantic smile (for the camera) about it.

      • Tanya

        I garuntee if this were a man that shot that lion it would not be a fuss. Someone is angry that they didnt get to hunt the lion, and not get killed by it. She was within the legal right in which to hunt the animal, so any nonsense said is just that!

        • Clay

          this has nothing to do with the fact that she is a woman. the only difference is I think shes a bitch instead of a dickwad

  • kitsie

    She's a serial killer. A despicable, sadistic subhuman. I hope she gets devoured by a wild animal.

    • Ethan Deitz

      Oh please. You're making it sound like she killed a person. She likes to hunt, as does millions of other people, myself included. Stop being over dramatic because you're a tree huger who wants to protect all wildlife.

      • dimitrisservis

        She's a murderer. It is a life equivalent to that of any real person. Wish you get back exactly what you like ;-)

        • Tom Stanley

          And I suppose you don't eat meat either?

          • hughjorgan

            does she intend to eat the lion? please give me a break she did it for sport

          • dimitrisservis

            What does that have to do with whether the life of a lion has equivalent worth to the life of a person?

            FWIW I do eat very limited amounts of meat because I have grown up in a society that does so and my diet needs it from time to time. I try to cut down on it completely. I buy only from farms that treat animals well and kill them without making them suffer. It is a murder and frankly lately cooking meat causes me nausea.

            But what is really your point apart from never expressing your own opinion but adding silly replies to other peoples’ comments? I also protest for CO2 emissions and I have a car. But I use it only on weekends and I usually go to work by bus and bike. Is this OK with you?

            This argumentation that you either completely overturn a whole culture or shut up is nonsensical. I guess your idea is that we can go ahead and wreak havoc on the whole animal kingdom, right?

          • jim

            maybe she should have gotten that lion from a near by farm where they fed it fatten it up then let her kill it without making it suffer

          • Tom Stanley

            What a whiner you are. See my other posts before ranting.

      • ThatPersonOn theRoof

        I personally have nothing wrong with hunting, so long as you're doing it to survive. If you're doing it for pure sport then the shame is on you. Humans have a tendency to forget how much we need wildlife in order to keep the natural economy in order. If killing animals is the only way you know how to stroke your ego, then there is something wrong with you. Like, you should see a shrink about that.

        • Tom Stanley

          Humans also forget that some species need to be managed so as not to have a population explosion spilling over into urban areas where these animals EAT HUMANS. Get your facts straight on conservancy before posting.

          • hughjorgan

            maybe we humans should stop taking away there habitats we do not own this earth your kind of thinking is exactly what's wrong with this world . they kill to defend there young and territory when we intrude then we put ourselves in harms way when all we had to do was stay the hell out of there area.

          • Tom Stanley

            Jaime, How the hell do you know what, when, why, or under what circumstances this lion was killed. Bachman, myself and others that I know and consider friends are in fact hunters, conservationists, and eat every ounce that we harvest. No different than going down to the local grocery store or butcher shop and stocking your freezer with food to eat.

          • Tom Stanley

            Hughjorgan, get a grip. As populations increase we are ever encroaching upon ALL wildlife's habitat. We, as hunters, do all we can to PRESERVE that habitat through the support of our states’ Department of Wildlife by buying hunting licenses which in turn HELPS with conservation. I in fact own many acres of land and keep it in prime habitat condition. I support other states’ Department of Wildlife by buying hunting licenses to support conservation as well. DO NOT label me as WASTEFUL, TROPHY HUNTING, or the like. The more we encroach upon any animals habitat, we run the risk of confrontation with that species. That is but one of the reasons why there is HUNTING and CONSERVATION. Due to the ignorance of Californian's, the Mountain Lion (aka Cougars) has become a huge problem in my area alone. They decimate deer and turkey populations, show up in suburban city areas looking for food (such as your dog, cat, or child and possibly yourself) all because we think they are cute, and they're a cat and who could possibly harm a poor cat. I've got news for you, in the past 5 years I've had 3 Lions chased out of areas full of outdoor types. They were tracked, caught, and KILLED because they no longer fear humans. If conservation were allowed (hunting) then their populations could be kept in check and Lion/people encounters/deaths would diminish. I feel quite sure that Bachman held a legal tag for conservation of the species she was hunting and did so in an ethical way. Enough said.

          • Tom

            That photo does not look like wildlife management. And her gleeful tweets didn't mention wildlife management. It sounded an awful lot like entertainment. How did you become like this?

          • Jaime

            Oh, please Tom. Get off it. This lion was not killed for population control and you darn well know it.

          • Tom Stanley

            And you darn well DON't know it. We're you there?

          • tmac

            not the best justification – lion populations are in steep decline (as about every top predator species) -

          • Ashley

            Tom have you ever been to Africa and been around these lions? Nope I didn't think so, they don't bother you at all. They are so use to the humans coming they are just lying around in the shade and don't even care you are there. I bet this lion was under some trees in the shade “like shown in the photo” and she shot him.

        • jason

          No one that hunts does it to survive. Give me a break. If you can afford the gun, ammo, gear, permits, processing of the meat, etc then you can afford to buy meat from other sources. Generally the people that hunt a lot do it because they like the outdoors. As long as it's legal you people need to get over it. Sport hunters tend to donate their kill to local food banks when they won't eat the meat, so they are helping to feed the hungry.

          If you are mad about people that hunt the ‘exotic’ animals protest the issuers of the permits, because protesting one person isn't going to stop anything. And do some research before doing so to learn what effects it will have on the area it is occurring in. And realize that just because the population of a species is down overall doesn't mean ALL habitats shouldn't play roles in population control. Reading these comments just shows how freaking stupid we are as a country.

      • hughjorgan

        well ethan lets look at it like this your a dad your the protector of your family and then some 2 legged skank for shits and giggles mind you decided to kill you for fun now how does that sit with you? human or not god created us all and she wasn't killing for survival or danger it was for fun .

      • Jaime

        And stop being a jerk because you get off on killing things for sport. The thing is, hunting lions is not the same as hunting deer. Deer are killed for population control. Lions don't need population control. Plus, most hunters use deer for meat. She just killed this lion to kill it. To look like some big and bad human that can gun anything down she chooses. I'd like to see how she would fair against that lion with her bare hands. Not THAT would be a show. If she's not willing to do that, then she's just another wuss hiding behind a gun.

    • Tom Stanley

      kitsie,kitsie,kitsie, I'll just bet you're a vegan aren't you?

      • hughjorgan

        don't be stupid okay

        • Tom Stanley

          hughjorgan, see my other replies before passing judgement.

  • walkman321

    Grow up city folks things like this go on time. Get out of the city parks and go into the wild.. these are not pets..they KILL people… oh wait lets capture it drug it and then keep it in a concrete zoo for the rest of it's life and feed it crap and have kids throw crap at them …

    • bolekwa

      That is so so true, everyone sends her hate speech and then goes to a zoo or an aquarium that keeps animals in impossibly tiny cages for the rest of their lives, because it's “entertaining”. Or bite into a nice juicy steak reared by barbaric factory farming practices
      Hypocrites, stop judging her

    • dimitrisservis

      If you don't like it keep the fuck out of their habitat. And for sure ban zoos along with hunting.

      • walkman321

        You twit dumb ass… If you weren't so stupid you would realize that already live in some animals habitat that was taken from them. But go ahead live with the cockroaches and rats in your mom and dads basement. And stop eating those hamburgers pizza tree bark… You have to KILL something to eat BOZO BOY

        • dimitrisservis

          That's what I am saying stupid. Get the hell out of there. And if you feel you need to kill someone kill yourself.

          • walkman321

            I think it is time to get out of your mom and dads basement BOZO BOY…….you are truly a dumb ass I can here your parents now..”do you think he will ever LEAVE?” How could he turn out sooooooo stupid and not know where FOOD comes from… what a wasted life..ROFL

  • Devdev

    All the meat from the lion goes to villages in the area and money gained from the trip actually go and help to stop real dispacable poachers and people who say that's a gruesome picture have never seen the cow there steak came from

    • hughjorgan

      not once in the 20 years i have studied tribal behaviors has there ever been an account where they eat lions as a way to survive

    • Tom

      Or, you know, she could have just enjoyed the outdoors and observed the lion in all its glory and then made a donation to fight poaching. That would have worked too.

      • Clay

        great idea

      • N Carter

        get out of here with that logic. This is manly huntard rights to kill anything we see on this earth.

      • SheltieAZ

        Absolutely right Tom! This type of hunting is based on nothing but thrill seeking and completely barbaric and useless.

      • Gary

        Or any of you could have spent $125,000 on the Maori like she did, but you didn't

    • Clay

      you're full of it Devdev

    • upbeatred1

      Her murder of the Lion was poaching, too.

  • Melvina Roselyn

    I could understand if it was killed for food or for necessity.

    • getalife

      Devdev explains the who actually gains from the hunt. As for the Huntertress – these guys are just infatuated with the boobs.

    • Wade

      Locals benefit from the money she paid to hunt and they also receive the meat from the kill. Sounds like if anyone should be in trouble it should be the country for allowing those hunts to occur. Just a thought….

  • dimitrisservis

    She's a killer as are all hunters.

    • Tom Stanley

      Another vegan, my how they come out of the wood work over a LEGAL hunting story. What are you to know about what she did with the meat? Posssibly she donated it to local villagers in need of sustinance, but no didn't think about that before posting. Every hunter I know is ethical in their treatment of the animals they kill and don't trophy hunt just for the hell of it. Get the whole story before responding to an article clearly biased to PETA.

      • hughjorgan

        i see you have issues with vegans ? maybe fat ass you should try laying off the grease and shit before casting stones while living in a glass house

        • gmoney24

          So, you can have issues with hunters but he can't have issues with vegans? Hypocritical outlook. She legally took the game and did nothing wrong. Also, you make a judgment and throw insults without knowing this person. You may want to take your own advice.

          • Dash O

            What I gather is everyone on here opposed to this particular killing is getting at is, Why a lion? EVERY person commenting here knows their numbers have been cut way down. Out of all the game available on the face of the earth, she choose this. She flew halfway around the world to kill 1 animal. That says her motive was she wanted to kill a lion. Nothing more. No “humanitarian” effort providing food. No conservation awareness. Nothing admirable. Simply to kill an animal that has already been nearly wiped off the face of the earth. That's why there are game preserves. To try and curb illegal hunting because there are so few lions left. If they say Look, come here to kill it. Just please don't go willy nilly apeshit killing them all over the place. They try and offer a controlled environment because there are HARDLY ANY LIONS LEFT due to people going willy nilly apeshit killing them all over the place.
            100 years ago there were roughly 200,000 lions in Africa. There are currently approximately 30,000. And falling. Why help that along? Because you are a narcissistic asshole.
            Those are the facts we are looking at and disagree with.

        • Tom Stanley

          hughjorgan, I don't have any issues with vegans except those that have issue with me being a carnivore and hunting to stock my freezer to save money.

      • dimitrisservis

        Zoos are legal too. They can stay out of my town.

        I suppose in your mind the local villagers have survived for tens of thousands of years because a self proclaimed amazon offers the meat of endangered species to them right? Right…

        Wait… I am receiving a message… it says all ethical hunters and supporters should commit suicide and meet the mothership outside earth…. no more chemtrails for you mate!

        • gmoney24

          So does that mean that the unethical hunters are ok? Makes no sense. And I highly doubt local villagers care about the status of an animal being endangered or not when it comes to survival. You don't like hunting, that's great don't do it. But what gives you the right to tell others they can't do it? And then to wish harm on those that do hunt is a little hypocritical, don't you think. Such compassion.

          • Clay

            i like hunting. i eat everything i kill. i hope this bitch suffers for killing that lion

          • gmoney24

            I have hunted my whole life also. I wouldn't personally want to hunt a lion, but who am I to tell anyone what they should or shouldn't do. No laws were broken and therefore it is her decision. You condemn her for killing the lion but wish ill will upon her for doing so. Says a lot about your character.

          • dimitrisservis

            I ridicule the notion of ethical or unethical hunting altogether. Local villagers have survived for millennia side by side lions. They survived until today but lions will not http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion

            What is ethical order and its subjectivity is a huge issue. In every ethical rule there's a dispute regarding the gray zones. I can understand the hunter that uses the quota of a forest and kills a non endangered elk from the moment that natural predators have unfortunately vanished and without some bow-and-arrow hunters the population will collapse. I nevertheless find the act of killing despicable also in this case. I cannot do it…

            However, when a TV star commits a murder of an endangered species for her show this has significant repercussions. It morally legalizes the act and offers a paradigm for other similar redneck hillbillies that feel the greed to violate nature however they can.

            Finally, I just wish that they get what they like to give, I guess it's fair enough.

      • Clay

        “possibly she donated it” Why don't you get the facts straight Tom Stanley? if you and all of your friends are ethical hunters why are you defending kiling this lion when you know nothing about the details?

        • gmoney24

          What she did is not unethical, nor is it illegal. You have no more facts than anyone else on this thread. You are speaking out of pure emotion and has nothing to do with right or wrong. Again, she did not break the law in anyway. The fact you don't like it doesn't make it unethical or illegal.

        • Tom Stanley

          No different than you getting all worked up over details you know NOTHING ABOUT. I can tell you what I do know, and that is she would have had to have a LEGAL TAG to harvest this lion or land in jail.

  • yourmom345633

    replace that rifle with a camera – and you have the same damn sport – you even get a trophy – the photo you have taken

  • Rex Rexmano

    Big deal! She killed a freaking lion, it is not the end of the world. Grow up!
    By the way, she has nice pert breasts and I bet you they are full of milk. Yummy.

    • I need a time machine asap!

      Hmmmm? I don't think there is milk in her boobies, unless she just had a baby(maybe the lion ate it?) Who is this chick anyway? Never heard of her in my life…she's probably loving the fame….gross.

  • jholmes

    Who ever said the lions life was equivalent to a human being has some issues!!! Animals are important don't misunderstand me, but we were made to rule over ALL living animals! That includes lions! Obviously that is not part of your belief and their inlies this whole issue!!! yes i went there, all issues always boil down to weather or not you believe in creation and our beautiful creator Jesus Christ! Thank You Jesus for giving us HUNTING!!! AMEN!!!

    • Clay

      jesus was not the creator but the son of the creator. hunting was happening long before jesus was born. i am still trying to figure out why you think the weather has anything to do with this argument.

  • Wade

    Anyone who is calling for her head that still eats meat should stop commenting before you make an ass of yourself! Last I checked you didn't butcher the cow, chicken, pig or Turkey many american will be eating in a week from now. If this is the case we should call for everyones head and let animals walk the earth unharmed by human interaction. We should all stop having kids and developing new buildings as well, where you eat, sleep and shit was once an area that was filled with many different animals but I guess its okay cause you didn't directly kill anything . Wake up people! Hunters are a a huge part of economic growth and conservation:D If you research that out and have an open mind you may just learn a thing or two. Hugs and kisses!

    • hughjorgan

      wade eating meat to survive is fine but killing a creature like a lion is wrong there numbers have gone way down , lions kill only what they need to survive and lets be honest humans are a plague upon this earth

      • James Shelton

        Please research the lions habitat before you jump on a moronic petition. Harmless and defenseless are not accurate of an adult lion, remember the male lion will eat their own cubs if its hungry. This was not a Disney cartoon.

        • dimitrisservis

          You have no clue what you are talking about right?

      • IMPALA

        You obviously are not a hunter, nor do you or never will know details of THE HUNT. Your driven by your emotions which makes you weak. For those of us that are informed and understand the real world, it makes perfect sense. To correct your comment, the WEAK AND UNIFORMED are the plague upon the earth.

        • peter

          I think is an unfair end for the lion… period

          • Feredir

            i hope you are a Vegetarian!

        • N Carter

          she killed a lion you fucking idiot. Don't get emotional when i kill and eat your kids because that is how the world works. man up, pussy.

    • Dash O

      So, you live in South Africa? Because she made NO impact on my towns economic growth or conservation.

    • Clay

      Wade,
      I am willing to bet she did not eat the meat. I am okay with hunting if you eat what you kill, but not just for sport. I have been a hunter my whole life and was taught at a very early age you don't kill things just to watch them die. I have a lot of respect for animals, even/especially the ones I have killed. To kill an animal just to prove you can is sick and wrong.

      • James Shelton

        You mean to say that you have never in your hunting experience killed an animal that has the inclination and ability to attack you. You have never killed an animal that were killing your livestock or endangered you family and home?

      • Feredir

        the meat was given to locals, does she have to eat it?

      • Gary

        All the meat was eaten just like the meet from all the big game safaris in Africa
        Plus there is the $100,000 + she spent on the local economy

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      Please continue with factless arguments from those who have never given a cent to help protect these animals and continue to destroy the places they live. Driving a Prius doesn't make you a conservationist.

    • Feredir

      omg thank god im not the only one saying this!!

    • N Carter

      she killed a lion you fucking retard. Do you think she is going to eat it? fucking idiot huntards and their dumbass excuses.

      • Gary

        The villagers ate the lion and the reserve got $125,000

        • B.Pfeff

          So killing an endangered species is okay, as long as you're paying for it?

  • theelviscerator

    Amazing how close minded liberals are actually, because they are all FASCISTS.
    I say more power to her.
    You don't like hunting?
    Don't go on hunts.
    CHECKMATE

    • Clay

      i am a hunter. i am not a liberal although i know people who are both. killing a lion for sport is just compensating for a small penis. maybe she should buy a porsche instead

      • theelviscerator

        I don't hunt myself, but if a person is willing to spend the money and hunt LEGALLY, I don't have a problem with it.
        Sportsman fund almost all conservation.
        What do you hunt?
        Who made you GOD, and gave you the power to determine what alright for someone else to hunt?
        I think we know who has the small one.

  • hughjorgan

    I find it sickening to see this skank smiling over a beautiful creature that she killed for pure sport , it had nothing to do with survival she wasn't in any danger she did it because she is a cunt

    • JAD

      “she did it because she is a cunt”, “this skank smiling…”, high school girl name calling, way to show some intelligence. Make a post that is worth the readers time and gives them something to think about.
      Hunter/Conservationist

  • Peggy Castro-Merz

    hypocrites!! there are many hunting for sport shows on television why the hate for this? hunting for food and sport has been around since the beginning of mankind duh that's how we survived…..heck even the proper English hunt for the sport of it. lighten up. I for certain have no right as a fellow human to ruin this persons livliehood because im a sensitive cry baby…… don't bother to disagree with me I have no interest in reading nor replying to the weak!

  • Chadshell Wheeley

    bunch of whiny tree hugging hippies go hug a tree , she has the money to hunt prey like that as long as she does it legally whats the big deal . if I could I would, congrats on the big cat Melissa

  • Richard Atkinson

    You go girl, animal right and Peta can blow me! I will live the way I want and you live the way you want…

    • N Carter

      hey can i come to your house and rape your wife and eat your kids? live the way you want, right? idiot.

  • hunter

    You ignorant people need to get a life – get over it! Hunting has been happening since the beginning of time. I'm jealous of her – wish it was me that shot that trophy! How about spending your time and energy going after those parents that neglect their children – that's cruelty!

    • isitsobad

      i agree with you if people were as worried about abused children as they are about hunting there wouldnt be as many of our children dying from crazy psycho parents, mind you some parents are great at what they do and i give kudos to foster parents

  • isitsobad

    What about the meat from the hunts? Does it go to waste or do people who are starving do they benifit from it, and if no one hunted these animals they could over populate. I would understand if there were only four to five left in the entire world but seriously who has benifited from hunting or in the that case slaughtering, if we stopped killing animals people would not like it because then there would not be any meat to eat everything happens for a reason and i would get it if she donated the meat from her kills to starving kids…….. let say she did all of those people trying to stop her would be dening children of food is would that be what you want

  • Another hunter

    Hunting exists people. Get over it, don't like it, don't look. Do we say anything when ya go to church? Geeeez

    • builder54

      Your right it is a base instinct in man. These people that have negative opinions have all eaten meat at sometime. They just let someone else do there dirty work.

    • dimitrisservis

      So does raping. Should we look or not?

      • gmoney24

        Rape is illegal, hunting isn't. Looking is a personal choice.

  • Saturine

    Some of you just don't get it. She killed the lion for the thrill of it, for her it's recreation. She had no intention of eating it. Anyone can use a high powered rifle with a 6X scope. It's a thrill kill. She gets a high by dominating and destroying an animal. Hunting happens when both parties know they are in the game. She should have tracked the animal and use a spear, now that's hunting.

  • Steve H

    Are your head up your ass for the warmth? you want to hunt go kill a
    deer or i don't know a damn turkey. To go and kill for sport like this
    dumb ass and not use the animal for a resource like food, is a waste of a
    life both of the ” big bad hunter with a gun” and the animals. Im not
    saying all hunting is pointless, i do believe in keeping a population in
    check as well as it being a pastime for some people but anybody that
    wants to say that killing an animal for the sport alone is fine needs to
    be melted down and started anew. This human clearly didn't kill this
    animal for other then her own ego and your not a bad ass because you
    hold a gun. and for anyone out there that thinks to classify hunting a
    deer for meat is the same as hunting a lion for NOTHING wait never mind trying to fight logic with someone that believes that is like trying to get English out of a dog. And just to make sure that people know this fact because i i dont know how stupid supporters of this human are. the meat you feed your children are from animals we raise for food like pigs and cows…you wont find a farmer out there stalking a cow in its natural habitat. That is the difference we hunt for food and or population control every year there are deer and turkey to kill. We as humans consume this resource of a potentially over populated animal no harm done, no half a million pissed off for the death of those animals its a needed thing. This like most people will agree with with the exception of maybe a few people that were not raise correctly and think that we as humans are the only living animals on this earth that are not replaceable, really need to wake up its 2013 people need to stop thinking about just themselves.

  • craig

    I am not against hunting for food/survival, I am not a vegetarian, I shoot regularly, and own guns, but blowing away a lion (or any animal) for a trophy with a high powered rifle and scope from a 100+ yards away is no accomplishment. It's so impressive that someone drove you into the jungle in a truck, then you mounted your gun on a bi-pod from 100? yards away while the lion was licking the ground minding his own business and shot him! Go to the range and shoot targets, and then go on a safari and shoot animals with a camera if you want something to hang on your wall. I watched a Ted Nugent show last year where he dumped a 40 pound bag of bear food on the ground and hid in a tree while a hungry bear came along and sat down to have a meal, while he put an arrow through it's lungs from 30 feet away! Ya, real sporting of you!!! You might as well have shot it in a cage, it would have been harder because you might have hit the bars with your arrow!!

  • Angela Hoover

    Regardless of your opinion, the picture is upsetting. The lion looks sad, limp and lifeless and it's easy to imagine how majestic it looked alive in all its glory. At first glance I thought “This is wrong.” I'm a hunter, as my father taught me and his father taught him. We have never killed an animal that we did not have a permit for and that we did not consume, with the exception of a sick cougar who attacked our camp (we did have a permit though, as we always get a bear and cougar tag in case we have to use it in a life threatening situation). Obviously, Melissa Bachman did not plan on eating the meat, and that's where my problem came in. I didn't understand how murdering this lion to mount his head on a wall and throwing away the rest made any sense or assisted in conservation efforts. So, before posting I did what ALL OF YOU should do. I researched the topic. I discovered that the meat indeed was distributed to locals, as is the norm for South African hunts. I read the Maroi Conservancy statement in its entirety. I have now changed my opinion. While Bachman should have considered her high profile status and previous issues with the media before posting this picture (that was her one and only mistake), she isn't the murderer she may appear to be. Yes, the picture is hard to see, but if that's all you see, if that's all you're basing your opinion on, I would urge you to do a little research. It may not change your mind, and that is your right, but at least you could come to the table as an informed and educated adult instead of an ignorant “tree hugger”. Prove the “gun loving rednecks” wrong and back up your opinion with some facts.

    • Anonymous

      I like it. Definitely refreshing to read a well thought out, researched comment from an ethical hunter.

    • builder54

      Looks sad ? He's dead . She had a permit to hunt lions , did you miss that fact. If your so against killing wild animals why would you put yourself in a position where you might feel the need to kill one because you felt threatened.
      Kind of the situation George Zimmerman felt he was in.

      • Angela Hoover

        I'm sorry, but either you didn't read my comment AT ALL or you completely misunderstood. I'm not against killing wild animals, I'm a hunter, as I said. I'm against killing them for no reason other than a mounted head, and wasting meat, but that's not what happened here. As I said, Michelle Bachman's lion meat was handed out to locals, so I see no problem with what happened here. I was suggesting that everyone research the facts, as I did, before posting. My suggestion to you is that you read more carefully before posting replies.

    • jim paynr

      if you don't want to see a lion shot go to Africa hug a lion stay between him and the hunter

      • Angela Hoover

        Oh for goodness sakes….really?! Did you intend to make that comment in reply to me or was that a mistake? You're the second person to misunderstand what I read, and I suspect it's because you read the first sentence and thought that gave you sufficient information to understand the entire paragraph. Please read my entire post, and then comment. I would love to hear what you have to say after that.

      • peter

        why don't we put you,angela,the hunter without the riffle and the lion in one room and see what happens

    • builder54

      Your correct, I didn't see the line that you stated you were a hunter . I apologize .

      • Angela Hoover

        Since you're not the only person to misunderstand, perhaps I could have made my post more clear. Thanks so much :)

        • builder54

          Actually when I read it again and slower . Without a preconceived idea that you were negative . You made good a very good point and factual. I should be more careful . Character defect…LOL

    • Clay

      Angela,
      I like your response and the way you present yourself. This is possibly the most intelligent post in favor of Bachman. I agree with your views on hunting, however, even if the meat was donated and eating, I think hunting the lion is wrong. it promotes hunting lions as something that should be on every hunters bucket list. It's a bad idea. there is plenty of other meat to donate to the hungry. Maybe she should take the money she spent to kill the lion and kill as many deer as possible where they are overpopulated and ship the meat to hungry people.

      • Angela Hoover

        I agree that there are better ways to feed the hungry. The last thing I want is big game hunters going out and killing lions under the guise of “feeding the needy”. I also agree that lions should not be hunted for sport, and fear that doing so gives fair and ethical hunters (such as my family) a bad name. I simply wanted to urge people to educate themselves on the specifics before asking for her head. Many comments focused on the waste, and I had jumped to that conclusion as well, but I was wrong in that conclusion, and wanted others to find the facts as I did. It's embarrassing, quite frankly, when you're in a heated debate with someone and discover that your main argument is invalid. This applies to all topics, not just this particular one.

      • peter

        that sounds complicated

    • dimitrisservis

      Angela

      would you contemplate also on why locals need meat subsidies from local hunting farms that occupy hundreds of acres of arable land where westerners can hunt endangered species, while all of them have survived evolution in harmony for thousands of years? Of course that harmony is now gone – from one point of view this is evolution too – but does it make sense to you that instead of offering local communities the chance to learn and to cultivate the land, produce their food and maybe export and make some money they are waiting for someone to kill an animal for them?

      • Angela Hoover

        I didn't mean to sound as though I condone the hunting of lions as an adequate solution to feeding local villages. I was just relieved to learn that the meat was used somehow, and it softened my initial reaction to the Bachman situation. As a fair and ethical hunter, I'm disgusted by the killing of animals for tusks, heads, or plain sport without the intention to use as much of it as possible. I was just thankful that the gorgeous animal in the picture didn't die for nothing, that it helped multiple families in the end. I agree with the idea that teaching a man to fish is better than giving him one, and hope I've made it clear that I would be horrified if the killing of lions became then norm for feeding the hungry.

  • earl angus

    I hope that she has many more hunts that she can post and drive the idiot left crazy. If man is a plague upon the earth then just go do yourself in. One less plague upon the earth. Man was created and earned dominion over the earth and the animals. Sorry that's why we can make and invent things . I for one think it was all legal and saved a few lives in the process. They are only allowed to shoot animals that are threatening human lives . Once they start killing people they don't stop because they are easy and they are plentiful.

  • Slightly Dusty

    Well I will stop watching any station that folds to a petition demanding that her shows be cancelled. Thousands sign petition? That is nothing in the way of quantity of viewers. So shut up and mind you own business.

  • David Haire

    Was the lion hunted under fair chase conditions or was it contained and hunted in a high fence area?????? In my opinion that makes a lot of difference with any ethical hunt and taking of game.

  • benhossman

    Whoever has ate any kind of meat, ownes/owended anything made of leather or any other animal hide should shut your pie hole. First of all you do not have to eat meat to live, its a choice it's not a must. So no matter which way you want to paint it to make yourself feel better than someone else your just as “bad”. Same goes with leather and other animal skins. If you tell you have never owened something with leather your full of bullsh–. Sorry shouldn't say anything about a animal in that way. So before everyone gets on the high and mighty train you better make sure your tickets good. I'm sure there is a very small small small number of people can actually comment on this and not be a hypocrite. I'm a meat eater and a hunter and proud of it and a least 95% plus of you when it comes down to has had a part in the killing of an animal not because it “had” to be killed but because it benefited you. By the way I probably missed spelled something or had a grammer mistake. I wasn't worried about getting a grade on this post so don't change the subject.

  • builder54

    It's legal to kill lions in South Africa with a permit. What is all the out rage with the South African Gov't. ? PETA and the rest of them would be pissed if you killed a rat. Unless they invaded there house..lol

  • Vandy

    You PETA people have no idea what you are talking about. These hunts whether its money generated or the food they produce is given to starving people ( tribes ). If you get a permit to kill an elephant these starving tribes can eat for a month. In this country, if a dog bites a person it is put down (killed) even though it was most likely the owners fault. In Africa lions kill many people each year. YOU PETA PEOPLE NEED TO SHUT YOUR MOUTH< GET A LIFE AND MIND YOUR OWN BUISNESS !!!

  • MarkssKy

    People do eat lion meat. Google or bing it if you want. I made the mistake of saying that the other day in a post on USA today. Its considered an “exotic meat.” Obviously. That being said, I don't agree with her killing a lion. I don't agree with any trophy hunting. I have to think that she just went out there to get bragging rights not for food. But if the meat was consumed by her guides or whoever and the hunt was “legal” then what can you say if you eat meat? Again, I don't agree with it but I do eat meat. I wish that this weren't legal.

  • shawn

    all of u making a fuse about this need to mind ur own damn selves. if u don't like it don't read it watch it or look at it ur just a bunch of nosey fucks that have nothing better to do than fuck with someone else

  • Melissa Bishop

    This photo is not gruesome.

  • sharon

    Maybe its just me ,but I don't see the lion looking to happy…….sad so sad.

  • shawn

    I would have went on the trip with her!!!!! and for the ones saying they don't like it for there kids let ur kids not grow up in the outdoor or hunt that's fine they can grow up to be gang bangers and drug addictes

  • Dereck Jarvis

    Yeah keep bitching folks… keep bitchin. Bet you will have a pretty smile on your shitty face when you sit down to eat your thanksgiving turkey? right.
    You folks are all nothing but hypocrites. Melissa, Good For YOU! that is a great kill, and an awesome trophy.

  • FirCutter '81

    The idiotic people that are saying that her head needs to put on a wall blah blah, value animal lives over human lives are hypocrites. It's these same people that think when they buy Meat at the store it's ok because cows, pigs, chicken etc… are meant to be butchered and therefore have no life in them. These are the same hypocrites that hate my old job as a logger here in the pacific northwest, but yet they live in stick built homes( frame built or log), use paper napkins, toilet paper, writing paper, read books and the list goes on. I'm sure the $$ that was spent on her LEGAL hunting tag on a African guided hunt in an area that probably had one or more too many lions for the conservative population to support for the overall balance of animal population, KNOW A HECK OF A LOT MORE about conservation( and the $$ it takes) than any of these anti-hunting morons. Look at the statistics of land conservation and $$, myself and other hunters protect and spend annually. Millions of dollars and acres generate from people like us. Ducks Unlimited, Quail Unlimited, Trout Unlimited and many more. Look it up, the Largest $$ contributors and Helpers toward animal and land conservation comes from hunters!!

  • dimitrisservis

    The idiotic people that are saying that it is LEGAL to kill endangered species blah blah and that it is for conservation na na and it is about the conservation la la are the same hypocrites that look for every occasion to abuse and overconsume whatever they can because that's exactly what they felt their whole lives… it is sad but it is a fact…

    Let me remind that it is also LEGAL in N. Korea and Iran to have nuclear weapons, it was perfectly LEGAL in Iraq to … well no one knows what they did, it is LEGAL in Saudi Arabia to mutilate robbers it is LEGAL kill americans in Afganistan and the list goes on and on…. so stay home, watch tv, eat garbage as usual

  • GO OUTSIDE

    people get a fucking life who cares! WOWOWOWOWOWO

  • common sense

    If you don't agree with her hunting the lion, you should be petitioning South Africa to stop lion hunting, not have her show taken off the air or banned from the country. She followed all the rules that the country has set out for these hunts, so South Africa would have to be EXTREMELY HYPOCRITICAL to do anything to her. If you believe it's wrong, then that's the only place to make a difference. Otherwise she and others who want to hunt these animals will keep doing what they do without posting pics online.

  • James Shelton

    What was the lion doing so close to human inhabitants? I am willing to bet the people that lived in the area are calling her “hero”. For those that don't recognize the dangers of an adult lion, go live in its habitat without any weapons or means of defense and see how playful and defenseless it can be. As far as the petition goes, it show how wide spread ignorance can be. They probably think the lion walked up to her purring and wanting to lick her hand.

  • Bryon Enderle

    for all of those complaining, Let it go for the love of GOD! there are far more worse things happening across this country and world that are far more offensive! as a hunter I see NO problem what so ever with the photo of Ms. Bachman, if you find that offensive then do not pick up a hunting magazine. Are you willing to put a stop to a family tradition for a whole lot of young boy and girls who enjoy hunting and taking their photos with the kill of the day! Grow up and go AWAY, your just bitching to bitch!

  • CBCS

    Good job Melissa Bachman !! excellent job on the hunt. I would get a full mount on that bad boy! anyway, im off to kill another deer! and I will utter the word PETA as I squeeze the trigger. People Eating Tasty Animals ;)

  • CBCS

    you yuppies on here really crack me up.

  • Concerned Hunter

    I am a female hunter, and I have no issue with killing for a purpose. That purpose may be for food or it may be for population control. As mentioned by others, neither was the purpose of her hunt. I disagree with hunting wolves, bobcats, and black bear in the Midwest for the same reasons. Also, let's face it…She didn't really “hunt” in the purest sense of the word. She didn't do the hard leg work finding and monitoring game trails and spending days if necessary to find that perfect shot. Can you really call it hunting if you didn't put in the prep time? That's part of what makes hunting the “sport” that it is, that the animal has a fighting chance to evade you. This is one of the reasons that I do not hunt with a gun, only my bow. In response to everyone who seeks to criticize me and others like me who don't agree with trophy hunting yet we eat meat, I don't buy industrially raised meat. I live on venison killed by my family almost exclusively. If I buy chicken, I do everything in my power to make sure it is from a company that raised and killed the animals ethically. Finally, please refrain from acting like spoiled children and at least pretend you are an educated adult. It's so typical to see people resorting to nasty name-calling when someone doesn't agree with them…Haven't we criticized our elected leaders for this? Let's all remain civil, shall we? Children most certainly could read these posts, so take some responsibility for what you post to a public forum.

  • Johanna

    What about the owner of Jimmy John's he posted photos with the Cheetah he just slaughtered and 2 elephants. Hello. were they attacking you? Or did you go in pursuit with intent to kill an innocent animal who has a family that depend on him and care deeply for him/her? It's just disgusting. These animals are endangered. No thought, no heart.

  • ec1022

    Put your money where your mouth is and then we can talk. Otherwise you keep pounding up malls and running highways through the heart of habitat and we will continue to fund the clean up of your mess.

    US fish and wildlife statistics: a little dated so the numbers are slightly higher now:

    Each year, nearly $200 million in hunters’ federal excise taxes are distributed to State agencies to support wildlife management programs, the purchase of lands open to hunters, and hunter education and safety classes. Proceeds from the Federal Duck Stamp, a required purchase for migratory waterfowl hunters, have purchased more than five million acres of habitat for the refuge system (2005 statistics only); lands that support waterfowl and many other wildlife species, and are usually open to hunting.

    Since 1934, sales of Federal Duck Stamps have generated more than $800 million, which has been used to purchase or lease over 6 million acres of wetlands habitat in the United States. These lands are protected in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Refuge System.

    I would put Licences and other fees that would ultimately add up to Billions more but I cant find a credible source.

  • Raine

    Stupid bitch

  • ec1022

    Talk is cheap. The facts do not lie. Put your money where your mouth is then we can talk. Otherwise keep building malls in and running highways through the middle of optimal wildlife hapitat and we will keep cleaning up the mess.

    Pheasants Forever Our Results Since 1982

    Over 8.5 Million acres of wildlife habitat impacted
    Over 441,963 wildlife habitat project
    Over 162,000 acres of wildlife habitat permanently protected and opened to the public for hunting
    Over 250,000 Youth Mentored

    Since 1984, the Rocky
    Mountain Elk Foundation has permanently protected more than 1,000 square miles of prime habitat for elk and other wildlife across North America.

    The RMEF uses advanced habitat
    mapping technology (GIS) to identify and prioritize the most crucial elk winter
    and summer ranges, migration corridors and calving areas. We then work with our
    partners, including willing landowners, government agencies, corporations,
    foundations and other conservation groups to permanently protect the most
    critical habitat. Our land conservation tools include: land acquisitions, conservation
    easements, land and real estate donations, contributions, land exchanges and associated acres.

    40 Years of Conservation and Hunting Heritage National Wild Turkey Federation
    Since its foundation in 1973, the NWTF has achieved some amazing accomplishments. With the help of its dedicated volunteers and partners, the NWTF has been able to facilitate the investment of $412 million dollars in conservation and the preservation of our hunting heritage. These investments have helped improve more than 17 million acres of wildlife habitat and expose 100,000 people to the outdoors each year.

    The US & Wildlife Service Statistics: Direct from their site.

    The sale of hunting licenses, tags, and stamps is the primary source of funding for most state wildlife conservation efforts. The $ amount is not listed but I would put it in the Billions. (no source here)

    By respecting seasons and limits, purchasing all required licences, and paying federal excise taxes on hunting equipment and ammunition, individual hunters make a big contribution towards ensuring the future of many species of wildlife and habitat for the future. Poachers and those who hunt illegally are murderers without question. By paying the Federal excise tax on hunting equipment, hunters are contributing hundreds of millions of dollars for conservation programs that benefit many wildlife species, both hunted and non- hunted.

    Each year, nearly $200 million in hunters’ federal excise taxes are distributed to State agencies to support wildlife management programs, the purchase of lands open to hunters, and hunter education and safety classes. Proceeds from the Federal Duck Stamp, a required purchase for migratory waterfowl hunters, have purchased more than five million acres of habitat for the refuge system (2005 statistics only); lands that support waterfowl and many other wildlife species, and are usually open to hunting.

    Local hunting clubs and national conservation organizations work to protect the future of wildlife by setting aside thousands of acres of habitat and speaking up for conservation in our national and state capitals.

    Please continue with factless arguments from those who have never given a cent to help protect these animals and continue to destroy the places they live. Driving a Prius doesn't make you a conservationist.

  • tward

    Really, The last I checked the only reason there are still Lions in Africa is because of all of the conservation money pumped in by people like M. Bachman. People are so naive thinking you are just going scream every time a Lion gets shot and you see it, and that will save them. There is millions of dollars spent every year on wildlife conservation and it comes from hunters, not whiney liberals who think lions are cute. Get a grip! Look around at all the conservation efforts in the world and the millions of dollars spent worldwide to preserve wildlife .PETA is not forking that money over, and it certainly is not coming from the vegans. The amount of money spent to kill that lion is more money that the whole region would see in a year if it wasnt for hunting. If people want to see wildlife succeed then there has to be hunting based conservation. Take away the economy generated by hunters in these poor areas and see how fast poaching kills off entire eco-systems, to replace that money. They would rather benefit from a sustainable income with conservation, Than a dwindling one with poaching
    T

  • huntforever

    no the lions ate them dumbass and yes you are a plague please remove your self hughjorgan

  • Feredir

    well lets get rid of the Maasai, they kill the lions for a right of passage!

  • dimitrisservis

    “Those who eat meat should not comment” is a nonsensical attitude. The point is not only that she killed an animal even if it was for its meat. The point is that she viciously killed an endangered species, she was taken there by others, just pulled her murderous trigger and shows off so that others can follow her example. As a friend said, it will be great posing next to her carcass when she's dead…

    Lion hunting, as well as all hunting of endangered species, must stop and stop being promoted. Farms that live off this kind of tourism should change practices.