Sabrina Corgatelli, the Idaho huntress under fire for flaunting her trophy kills, is defending her hunting ways by posting verses from the Bible to justify her actions.
Despite a social media backlash, Corgatelli defiantly continues to post images from her legal hunting trip to South Africa online.
Sabrina Corgatelli's photos of her trophy kills include a giraffe, an impala, a wildebeest, a warthog and a kudu, which she described as the "#1 want on my list,"
In her Facebook post on the shooting of a slain giraffe, in which the animal's neck is seen encircling her legs, she exclaims, "Day #2 I got a amazing old Giraffe. Such a amazing animal!! I couldn't be any happier!! My emotion after getting him was a feeling I will never forget!!!"
On Saturday, she turned to the Bible apparently to defend her actions, posting two verses from Genesis, which has led to rape and death threats, as well as heated exchanges with Corgatelli's supporters.
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In an interview with Carson Daly of the Today show from South Africa, Corgatelli said she had become aware of the backlash over Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer's killing of Cecil the lion after she posted the photo of her giraffe kill. The anger that posting provoked didn't stop her posting others of her subsequent kills.
Corgatelli said killing the animals wasn't just about the kill, but also about the hunt.
"When you hunt an animal, there is ... everybody just thinks we're cold-hearted killers, and it's not that," she said. "There is a connection with the animal and just because we hunt them doesn't mean we don't have a respect for them."
Corgatelli defended her kill of the giraffe, seen by many as a harmless herbivore.
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"Giraffes are very dangerous animals. They could hurt you seriously, very quickly," she said.
Corgatelli admitted she is a little nervous about returning to the United Stats considering the hate directed her way and the fact that one angry commentator reportedly posted details of her workplace on her Facebook page, but said she has done nothing wrong, in her opinion.
"Everything I've done here is legally," said Sabrina Corgatelli. "So how can you fault somebody because of their hobbies? You're always going to have employees that you don't agree with what they do on their spare time. But how can an employer chastise you for something you do on your personal time that's legally done?"