Rebecca Francis is a professional hunter in the same sense that Julien Blanc is a “professional” pick-up artist – which is to say she may be very good at what she does, but there’s certainly a lack of civility in how she conducts her work.
The Internet first caught wind of her offense when comedian Ricky Gervais posted a photo of Francis lying next to the dead animal with a mocking smile.
“What must’ve happened to you in your life to make you want to kill a beautiful animal and then lie next to it smiling?” he asks on his Facebook page, igniting a hellstorm of cyber-rage that has spawned hundreds of death threats of various creative expression.
His post has generated 90,000 comments, 105,000 shares, and almost 200,000 ‘likes’ – whatever that means in this context.
Did this woman learn nothing from Kendall Jones?
In fact, she did not – Francis somehow mustered together a defense for the kill:
“He was inevitably going to die soon and he could either be wasted or utilized by the local people. I chose to honor his life by providing others with his uses and I do not regret it for one second,” she said in an exclusive statement to HuntingLife.com.
Ah, that explains the big smile.
It’s because of people like this that we were able to put together a list of animals that might not even make it through 2015.