(TruthSeekerDaily) A TV wildlife presenter Melisssa Bachman is facing a storm of criticism after posing with a lion she shot during a hunt in South Africa.
Melissa Bachman – who presents American hunting show Winchester Deadly Passion – posted a picture on her Facebook account, the picture depicts Bachman crouching over the carcass of a male lion with its eyes closed, paws either side of its head, as she holds her gun and smiles toothily.
The image was posted along with the message: “An incredible day hunting in South Africa! Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion… What a hunt!”
But the photograph led to a storm of criticism online, with the presenter branded “heartless” and “shameful”.
Twitter user Gareth Pike said: “I’ve absolutely no words for this Melissa Bachman character.
“If she gets enjoyment from this then there is something seriously wrong.”
Lisa Edwards added: “Shocked to read about Melissa Bachman, happily hunting beautiful animals in SA for entertainment. Shameful.”
Even comedian Ricky Gervais expressed his disgust at the image, tweeting:
Bachman’s own Twitter account now appears to have been closed down.
In South Africa, the picture has also prompted an online petition which calls on authorities to stop her going back into the country.
Which has already gathered over 10,000 signatures, and says: “[Bachman] is an absolute contradiction to the culture of conservation this country prides itself on. Her latest Facebook post features her with a lion she has just executed and murdered in our country.
“As tax payers we demand she no longer be granted access to this country and its natural resources.”
Bachman’s website says she films, edits and hunts for a living, and adds this is her “dream job”.
The site and her Facebook page feature dozens of photos of her with animals she has killed, including an Alaskan brown bear.