A tweet by a well-known comedian and animal activist has led to a series of online threats against a hunter.
The picture of Rebecca Francis was taken five years ago and has recently sparked outrage after Ricky Gervais tweeted about it earlier this week.
Francis says the giraffe was already close to death when she shot it.
In a statement, she said, “He could either be wasted or utilized by the local people. I chose to honor his life and I do not regret it for one second.”
However, Gervais criticized the move, saying instead of paying to kill animals, hunters should simply consider donating to the conservation efforts.
“Why couldn’t you give the money and not shoot it?” he said on the ‘Opie and Anthony’ radio show. “Let’s put this in context. Imagine someone saying, ‘There’s a guy, he’s going to give $1 million to cancer research, all he wants is to shoot one cancer patient.”