According to the outlet, Larysa Switlyk posted the picture of herself posing with the dead animal with the caption, “Excuse me while I shop for a new purse” to her 98,000 followers. She also asked followers to guess the animal’s length.
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While some fans praised the hunter, others called her an “animal abuser” and a “despicable woman.” Florida native Switlyk said she killed the crocodile in Zambia to save the lives of local villagers.
“Some of these problem crocodiles need to be killed to save other human lives. When you live in your own bubble and don’t have to deal with these type of animal/human conflicts on a daily basis it is harder for you to understand or comprehend why people hunt these animals,” she said.
Animal rights group XPose Trophy Hunting said of Switlyk’s behavior, “Killing an animal for fun and a purse, is morally indefensible, selfish and a hangover from colonialism. Did she even stop to think that the crocodile had lived for at least five decades, and played a vital role in controlling the young males? Now that area is probably much more dangerous for local communities.”
Check out our resources about trophy hunting:
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- Book Exposes Truth Behind Wildlife Conservation Where Leading Decision Makers are Trophy Hunters Fueling the Big Game Industry
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- Undercover Footage of Nevada Trophy Hunting Convention Shows Promoting Trips to Shoot Lions
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- Federal Government Rolling Back Wildlife Protections to Allow Trophy Hunting on Alaska’s National Preserves and Refuge
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