An Idaho huntress Sabrina Corgatelli is defending “kill” photos she recently posted on Facebook during a legal hunt in South Africa.
Corgatelli has received a firestorm of negative attention on her social media page in the wake of the illegal killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.
Facebook user Lili Brooksby said, “Wow. Well done. You killed a harmless slow animal. You must feel very big and clever. Enough to post it on Facebook. Sociopath.” Another user, Maerwynn Griffin, posted, “You’re really a disgusting person, Sabrina. Just a sad, small, disgusting person.”
However, not all the comments directed toward Corgatelli were negative. Facebook user Becky Dipasquale defended the huntress, posting, “You may not like what she hunts but wow seems she has more class then you foul mouthed so called compassionate (people).”
Corgatelli’s photos include images of her with a giraffe, wildebeest and warthog, which she shot under the guidance of Old Days Safari, an organization that arranges big-game hunting excursions for visitors.
In her July 25 post on the giraffe, she said, “Such a amazing animal!! I couldn’t be any happier!! My emotion after getting him was a feeling I will never forget!!!
Despite the heavy criticism of her hunting, which has included numerous death threats, Corgatelli has defended her hobby.
In an interview with TODAY’s Carson Daly on Monday, Corgatelli said that “Everything (she has) done [in South Africa] is legal, so how can you fault somebody because of their hobbies?”
She told Daly, “There is a connection with the animal, and just because we hunt them doesn’t mean we don’t have a respect for them.”
While Corgatelli’s story differs from that of Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, without a permit, the Idahoan has also had her job targeted by Facebook commenters. Some commenters posted her employment information online, according to TODAY.