Melissa Bachman, a TV presenter based out of Minnesota, found herself facing a great deal of backlash after posting a photo of one of her most recent hunts to Facebook. Bachman enjoys hunting large game and posted a photo of herself with a lion she had just shot and killed in South Africa (above). Now, not only is she catching a lot flak on most social networking websites, a petition has been started to ban her from South Africa.
Bachman has been hunting since she was a kid. According to her website, Bachman has been working for North American Hunter for the past few years, a company she films her hunts from around the world for. Check out a video she uploaded of a bear she hunted below.
After Bachman posted the photo of the lion she killed in South Africa on Facebook, people were outraged. She has been called "barbaric" and "pathetic," among other things, on Facebook and Twitter.
Can't wait until the hunter becomes the hunted *cough Melissa Bachman cough*
— Queen Keightley (@keightleyy) November 17, 2013
Upset by the 'hunter' Melissa Bachman & her killing a lion. Anyone that kills animals for fun is absolute scum.
— Rallen (@rallen78) November 16, 2013
While Bachman has been the subject of controversy in the past for killing animals as trophies, it appears this is the first time anyone has tried to bar her from entering another country. Elan Burman from Cape Town, South Africa started a petition on Change.org to deny her further entrance into the country:
Melissa Bachman has made a career out of hunting wildlife, for pure sport. Her antics are captured extensively on her personal website: http://www.melissabachman.com/. 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.
So far, the petition has almost 30,000 signatures. Bachman hasn't responded to petition or the nasty comments yet, but she has deactivated her personal Twitter account. Do you have a problem with the animals Bachman hunts? Add your comments below.
Judging from Bachman's Facebook page, it appears she has been quite busy hunting over the past few weeks. Check out some of her other kills: