A Utah-based animal hunter has received death threats after smiling photos of her posing alongside dead animals surfaced online.
Currently the number one villain for thousands of animal rights activists, Rebecca Francis is a mother of eight and an avid big game hunter. She is also the winner of the reality TV series Extreme Huntress as well as the co-host of the Eye of the Hunter.
While she has publicly boasted about killing many wild animals, including, but not limited to, bears, moose, deer, sheep and rams, her antics had gone largely unnoticed. This, however, changed when British comedian tweeted a photo of Francis.
What must've happened to you in your life to make you want to kill a beautiful animal & then lie next to it smiling? pic.twitter.com/DyYw1T5ck2— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) April 13, 2015
With that, everyone took notice and the Internet soon flooded up with more pictures of Francis and the animals she had killed.
As expected, it infuriated the animal loving Twitter users who took aim at Francis with all guns blazing.
What a vile vile human being Rebecca Francis is! What gives this sick woman the right to kill beautiful innocent animals? #RebeccaFrancis— Sarah B (@SquaraSarah) April 15, 2015
Some crossed all limits and even threatened the grandmother of nine publicly.
@rickygervais I know this is very hypocritical of me but i want to fucking shoot her just for this picture...— LLOYD J ? (@AsapGinger1) April 13, 2015
Like always, the Internet warriors didn't give the accused a chance to explain herself. A clarification finally came via HuntingLife.com:
Francis' case and the subsequent backlash are eerily similar to what happened to Kendall Jones in July 2014. Like her, Jones was also the target of death threats after images of her posing with a dead lion appeared online. Jones repeatedly said it was a conservation effort with the proceeds of the hunt going to local farm owners, but her haters couldn't see past the red mist.
As Vanderbilt University's professor Kelly Oliver later explained, the sight of a female hunter upsets people far more than it does when men do it. Trophy hunters are a predominantly male cohort, yet it's the females who are always picked on by the Internet's vultures.