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"Giraffes are very dangerous": US woman defends big game hunting (and prompts fresh outrage)

“There is a connection with the animal, and just because we hunt them doesn’t mean we don’t have a respect for them.”

A US BIG game hunter has prompted fresh outrage online, after appearing on TV yesterday to defend trophy hunting.

It comes in the wake of the global outrage over the killing of Cecil – Zimbabwe’s most famous lion – by American dentist Walter Palmer.

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“To me it’s not just killing an animal, it’s the hunt,” Sabrina Corgatelli told NBC’s Today programme.

“There’s a lot of personal things in my life that have happened recently that have added to that. I won’t get into that or disclose those feelings.

“Everybody just thinks we’re cold-hearted killers, and it’s not that.

“There is a connection with the animal, and just because we hunt them doesn’t mean we don’t have a respect for them.

“Giraffes are very dangerous animals. They could hurt you seriously very quickly.”

Corgatelli first came to attention after she posted a series of photos to Facebook, showing her posing with animals she had shot dead while hunting in South Africa.

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In one post she wrote: “To all the haters, stay tuned, you’re gonna have so much more to be p***ed about.”

She told Today she heard about the outrage over Cecil the day after she shot the giraffe pictured in the main photo here.

Her appearance, as you might imagine, has prompted fresh criticism – from animal rights groups, and other social media users:

Read: ‘A case of mistaken identity’: Jericho the lion was NOT killed

Read: US moves to curb trophy hunting after Cecil’s death

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