A man is facing serious backlash after proudly posting photos of his daughter taking a bite of warm deer heart as part of a hunting tradition.
As of this afternoon, the NZ Woman Hunters page was taken off Facebook after a post by Johny wreaked havoc on the internet. The photo was of his daughter, his “little pink ninja princess Chloe”, taking a bite of deer heart, straight from the chest of a deer she killed.
The photo, which clearly was intended to be a celebration of his daughter’s kill, is garnering more attention for the following Game of Thrones twist to the kill: her biting the deer heart. Outrage followed with people alluding to the mental health of the girl and her father, mostly referring to the pair as being “psychopaths” and “mutilators”.
However, many have also come to the pair’s defense, stating that the honor of biting the first heart of one’s first kill is a hunting ritual. BuzzFeed News was able to contact Johny and asked him about the controversy. He confirmed that this was indeed her first kill, and he is still proud of his daughter.
He told BuzzFeed News:
“I’d quote the saying, ‘Lions do not care of the opinions of sheep.’ She wanted to do it when she saw a picture of her uncle biting the heart of his first deer.
“We’re not too serious about it; it’s something some hunters do with the first kill. I wouldn’t say [it is] ritualistic, but she is a hunter now.”
For now, it’s unknown why the Facebook page is currently shut down.
UPDATE – August 25, 2016
The Facebook page is back online and the group posted a statement on the photo and its international news circulation.
The page is a celebration of female hunters and those running the page stood by their sentiment and are in full support of the hunting community.