Fresh on the heels of the Cecil the Lion controversy, Idaho huntress Sabrina Corgatelli is causing a big stir with Facebook updates from her African safari.
The controversy regarding Cecil the Lion is still ongoing, but another one involving an American hunter on an African safari has already begun. This one centers on Idaho huntress Sabrina Corgatelli and the Facebook updates that she has been posting about her ongoing safari in South Africa.
She began posting updates and trophy photos of animals she had successfully hunted on her Facebook page about her trip to South Africa on July 22, 2015.
However, over the past few days, her page has been discovered by anti-hunting trolls who have proceeded to post some of the most vile and disgusting comments imaginable on her photos and status updates. Below are just a few of the THOUSANDS of comments that have started appearing over the last few days.
As you can see, I’ve edited the curse words out, but it’s not hard to fill in the blanks to see some of the terrible things people are saying to her.
So far, there are no indications whatsoever that Sabrina Corgatelli is doing anything illegal or unethical on her hunt in South Africa.
She has posted photos of herself with a kudu, blue wildebeest, impala, warthog, giraffe, and a crocodile (it appears as though her male companion Aaron actually shot the crocodile), none of which are endangered or even threatened.
By the looks of it, it seems like she is under attack by anti-hunters (who are likely already fired up by the Cecil the Lion scandal) merely because she is hunting in Africa and is posting the photos of the hunt on Facebook.
The fact that she is a woman probably is contributing to the situation as well. Just like what happened with Kendall Jones, Eva Shockey, and other female hunters, the anti-hunters really seem to be attacking her more viciously and personally than they attack male hunters.
In addition to threatening her with physical harm, many of her attackers (which are predominately women) are attacking her personal appearance and calling her all sorts of rude and sexually-demeaning names.
Trust me when I say that the comments shown on this article are some of the least offensive on her Facebook page. If you really want to lose your faith in humanity, go to her page and read through the cesspool of comments that anti-hunters have left for her.
For better or worse, Sabrina Corgatelli is firing back at her critics. She has posted several status updates justifying her actions.
At one point, she even posted the meme below (which has since been taken down) where she directly called out the anti-hunters who have been attacking her.
As I stated earlier, it appears as though Sabrina Corgatelli is on a 100% legal and ethical safari. Clearly, the attacks that are being levied on her are uncalled for.
However, is she doing the right thing for the hunting community by firing back at her critics and fanning the flames? Or would she, and the rest of the hunting community, be better served if she followed Mark Twain’s advice on never arguing with a fool?
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