Petition against Minnesotan lion huntress racks up more than 173k signatures [PHOTOS]

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@MelissaBachman
The photo that launched tens of thousands of outraged e-signatures.
Melissa Bachman (no relation to that other M. Bachmann) is just a Minnesota girl. She grew up hunting foxes, ducks, and deer with her family in Paynesville, and after graduating from St. Cloud State University in 2006, she writes on her website, she "dreamed of a way to hunt for a living."

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Bachman found one. Today, she travels the world hunting big game for her TV show, "Winchester Deadly Passion," with episodes that feature her on the prowl for everything from stags to black bears to alligators.

On Nov. 1, Bachman tweeted a photo of her grinning next to her latest conquest: A tawny lion. "An incredible day hunting in South Africa!" she wrote. "Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion... what a hunt!"

In the days since, that photo has gone viral, and Bachman has gone from targeting to targeted. The "Stop Melissa Bachman" Facebook page has more than 105,000 "likes."

Others, like Elan Burman, have gone beyond social media outrage and started petitions. Burman's is a plea to the government of South Africa, where Bachman shot the lion in the photo, to deny future entry to the huntress.

"She is an absolute contradiction to the culture of conservation this country prides itself on," the change.org petition reads. As of this writing, it has 173,822 supporters.

Lion hunting is legal in South Africa, where the species is considered "vulnerable" but not officially endangered. The comments on the petition, though, are filled with a disgust that has nothing to do with the law: it's a moral outrage. "Shoot, kill, consume, destroy," reads one from a supporter in Maryland.

Bachman hunts with bows and rifles alike, and both her website and her social media pages host galleries of her, often in braids and camo, posing with her trophy kills.
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A brown bear in Alaska.
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Bachman with "my biggest bull to date," she tweeted.
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Bachman with a Nyala in South Africa
Since the photo erupted into a controversy over the weekend, Bachman has not responded to her critics, though she deactivated and then reactivated her social media accounts. A request for comment to the company behind Bachman's hunting show, "Winchester Deadly Passion," was not immediately returned on Monday.

Here's footage of Bachman in action, via the highlight reel from season two of her show.

-- Tips or comments? Reach Olivia LaVecchia by email or on Twitter at @olavecchia



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concernedDad
concernedDad

Why doesn't she use just a bow? That would be more sporty! I would love see her after she pissed off a lion she hit with a arrow! Real sporty shooting a lion from 300 yards out.


Suggestion: she should put her head under an elephants foot while its walking...

John French
John French

Amanda we don't have to tell you you're a moron. Your disconnected rambling does it for you. Its sure clear you have no clue how social media works. Stay on your meds

Bill Skaggs
Bill Skaggs

No, you're a rather large group of sheep. And don't think because I disagree with conservative morons, that I agree with the liberal ones.

Amanda Larson
Amanda Larson

What is it going to take for you to understand that people aren't embodied by their political group?!

Amanda Larson
Amanda Larson

I never once attacked the individual and I had nothing to do with the hateful insults. I have been commenting on the situation as a whole. Look at the other side of the issue... people are saying they will kill "liberals" and such. You simply can't lump my behavior, or anyone else's, based on a few angry people.

Amanda Larson
Amanda Larson

My food is locally grown. Do you have a handicap, Tiffany? Because I'm starting to feel bad for you.

Amanda Larson
Amanda Larson

I think you need to learn the difference between an uneducated comment and someone who disagrees with you. They are not synonymous.

Amanda Larson
Amanda Larson

I believe that every person has their own set of values and cannot be defined by one part of them. Both of you can only understand life as those who are "for" and "against" your comfortable, indoctrinated way of life. For calling others sheep, you have incredible herd qualities yourself.

Amanda Larson
Amanda Larson

Get a grip, lady. He said specifically the PS4, which uses adult labor. Use Google for something useful instead of half reading an article you think proves your point.

Amanda Larson
Amanda Larson

Is the capacity of your mind so small that you must place people into small groups to understand them?

Amanda Larson
Amanda Larson

Until you start to understand that people are individuals and not defined by groups that you don't understand, you're going to lead a very argumentative life.

Owen OJ Jordan
Owen OJ Jordan

She got within 60 yards then blew it away with a cannon, what a hero, what a slag!!!

Jason Bistodeau
Jason Bistodeau

Maybe she should hunt a cougar right here in Minnesota, free-range. Going to an enclosed area designed for hunting and hunting a lion that's being held captive is not sporting, it's stupid.

Angel Andrews
Angel Andrews

I am sorry that there are soo many people that just don't understand about this situation... AS MUCH AS IT IS HORRIBLE TO KILL ANY LIVING THING...! Hunting has been a part of the Human Tradition since, I don't know, THE HUNTER/GATHERER Stage of our evolution... And ALL THINGS DIE... Now!!! hunting large trophy game is done LEGALLY, and ethically, within Africa to help maintain and CONSERVE the numbers of HEALTHY animals to help propagate that species... No-where in Africa do they allow the unrestricted hunting of these animals... Especially in areas with prides and packs that are vulnerable or endangered!!! And just think... WITH EVERY ACRE OF CROP harvested in THIS COUNTRY, Countless mice, rabbits and other SMALL MAMMALLS DIE WHEN THEY GET SUCKED INTO HARVESTERS AND/OR RUN OVER... So, should we ban farming, too?

Derek McMorrow
Derek McMorrow

Yet, nothing is done. So stop the whining. Please?

just4thefax
just4thefax

Fact: Best pictures are of the kill strapped down on your truck hood!!!!

Marcus Nielson
Marcus Nielson

Actually Joshua Warren I did all three. Either/or arguments are dumb and pointless. And it only took 1-2 to sign the petition. I'm all about "to each your own" until you start harming other beings. Would you say "to each your own" to someone hunted a human for sports?

Kenzie Higgins
Kenzie Higgins

I suggest you look into the facts before you judge this woman. She paid a shit load of money to South Africa the they appoint her a lion to hunt (an older male that had already that had already done its fair share of mating). Then she stalks it and hunts it and donates the food to hungry africans. I honestly see nothing wrong with the senario.

Shawn Laughton
Shawn Laughton

Lol lots of liberal people here ranting. I'm going deer hunting in the morning wit a really big loud rifle. And I'm doing it for the sport of it am for food. Have a good day!

Yankee Doodle Pablo
Yankee Doodle Pablo

It seems all this attention devoted to Ms. Bachman will only serve to make her television show a smashing success. There is no bad publicity, and 480,000 people are ensuring great ratings for her. She will thank all of you in time.

Susan Gorg
Susan Gorg

You need to get a life and quit supporting a stupid bitch who thinks killing animals and whatever else she thinks is sport hunting-HAVE YOU NO RESPECT for the lives of vulnerable animals-Let me guess you're a card carrying member to the national rile association

Bec Salmonson
Bec Salmonson

I can't see how anyone can hunt. When I saw that pic when first released, I couldn't believe what I saw. Sad!

Chris Beattie
Chris Beattie

Her leathery hide would make a great blanket for a sick lion cub.

Alexander Larson
Alexander Larson

God gave me the ability to create things such as a sharp pointy stick, bows and arrows and and high powered rifles. So technically we do use what god have us........... Our brain :)

Billy Davis
Billy Davis

I think that to make it fair and prove the worth of any big game hunter, to not use a gun. Use what god gave you.

Elisa Maria
Elisa Maria

I would like to add that i don't oppose people hunting animals for food if the people are 1. Indigenous 2. Living off land/grid

Elisa Maria
Elisa Maria

Killing for fun seems like some kind of serious mental problem in the psychosis family. People shouldn't be able to buy an animal to kill. It's wrong thinking. I think humanity as a whole should have common sense ideals and allowing people to kill beautiful animals for the sake of doing it because you can should be one to go away as humans evolve to the "higher thinking" animals we're supposed to be.

Joshua Warren
Joshua Warren

Hunting is not for me personally, but to each their own... but for all the people signing the petition, really? Do you have nothing better to do with your time? Go take that two minutes and teach a kid to read, or pack food at the food shelf. Don't judge others and try to take away their personal freedoms to suit your version of morality.

mary-moond
mary-moond

Omg, some of these comments are unbelievable.  First of all, Safari hunting has been around long before I was born, well over 45 yrs!  What amazes me even more is that for many years, even long before this woman was born,  there have been hunters and many with pics of their prizes but yet this one women who has probably been raised by her family since childhood, to hunt, fish, or whatever is all of a sudden a huge deal.  Get a grip people.  I'm not a hunter but I know many who are.  I've got more important things to think about, like the homeless people I see on the street, level 3 sex offenders who were just released in the area I live in, and the high theft crimes/break ins that are going on on a constant basis.  The problem with society is that everyone wants to find fault in everyone else but themselves.  I don't support what she does but I don't care either.  But to pick on her for something that has been going on for centuries, by people from all over the world, is just ridiculous!

Nick Towery
Nick Towery

Who cares how long it fed the people? When has that been any excuse for a hunt? Should the starving reject it cause it may only last 3 days and feed ten people? They would accept anything as it comes. But hey, somebody has to feel high and mighty.

Alexander Larson
Alexander Larson

Where are the permits then to hunt people? Why do we not have population control on the human race? We humans are the only reason why everything on this planet is royal fucked! Think about it, control the human race and other species can flourish. Let us keep running rampant and this earth will be no more!

Anna Gonzalez
Anna Gonzalez

Animal rights activists do "whine" about cows and chickens being slaughtered everyday. Just because you don't hear it in the news doesn't mean it's not happening. And exactly what david said how long do you think a lion lasted to feed a whole village. Now we are one more closer to lions being on the endangered list. Obviously they have a large group of south Africans who are not okay with this either.

David Gabriel Robinson
David Gabriel Robinson

I don't mind hunting, but I have a soft spot for big cats and wolves. Oh and how many people did that lion feed, and for how long? They were hungry again the next day I'm sure. Hunt deer, elk, pheasant, even wild cows I don't care. But big cats? C'mon, man.

Melissa Niederkorn
Melissa Niederkorn

It's not when you consider that lions don't perceive humans as a threat. On African safaris the jeeps are basically right next to the lions, almost close enough to touch them. They are not fearful of people. All that said, she had the correct permit and was in a place that allowed the kill. She did nothing illegal - and we live in a country where folks are fully allowed to do things within their legal lines. If we keep limiting freedoms eventually we won't have any. That doesn't mean that I personally agree with shooting a lion.

Juliana Christa Berg
Juliana Christa Berg

it's one thing to hunt. it's quite another when you're bragging about killing animals like lions. or even having a tv show about it. perhaps South Africa should change their laws. there was a similar story that came out last year I believe, but the brother's killing were illegal...and was in the same place. I'm not a fan of hunting. but to go after creatures like lions, elephants or even seals...that's not cool.

Thomas Micheal Bourassa
Thomas Micheal Bourassa

You animal rights people need to get a grip...you dont whine about the thousands of cows and chickens killed every day!

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

if you think for a second that any of that money went to those who really need it you are kidding yourself..

Nick Towery
Nick Towery

Food donations rarely if ever actually get to the people. Working on missions trips you get to see how small a priority the people are when the organization collects what you give.

Nick Towery
Nick Towery

Anna Gonzalez, africans in villages that are starving would shoot lions to feed off of anyway. In both ways. The starving are fed. No matter the animal or who shot it. If you thin the group. The animals wouldnt starve. Population control is not new.

Jesse Etzler
Jesse Etzler

If she wanted to feed starving africans why didn't she donate to send them food? Instead of killing something that could become endangered.

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

Except it wasn't for fun. The meat was used to feed starving Africans. Would you rather them starve to death?

Alexander Larson
Alexander Larson

By the way people, 60 yards is extremely close to take a shot. Most hunters here shoot deer outside of 100/ 150 yards!

julia_angerhoefer
julia_angerhoefer

@Angel Andrews Just because something is traditional, it is not acceptable. Also, trophy hunting is not a tradition since it's not a cultural necessity or even something our ancestors did. Trophy hunting should be banned, as well as bullfights and other cruel rituals that harm living creatures.

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