I have to hand it to you.
That pic of you sitting gloating triumphantly behind the huge male lion you killed has gone viral.
I’m not saying that people aren’t admiring your big strong teeth or even your big strong breast implants.
But your timing was all kinds of special. A week after we hear that the western black rhino is officially extinct, you post this picture of yourself on all your social media sites. Now you are front page news in many countries. Even the comedian Ricky Gervais has weighed in. He thinks you are a great hunt. Typo.
When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him a vandal. What then do we call a person who shoots a wild animal?
Not for food, or even for their pelt. Just for pleasure.
Help me on this. I want to understand what frisson of pleasure do you get when you see a creature toppling to its knees? Which do you prefer? A crocodile? Or a giant bear? Which turns you on more? Heaven knows you have killed enough species to be an expert.
Do you have any feelings at all? Apart from vanity, that is.
I see from all your pictures, you wouldn’t dream of going on a hunt without heavily mascara-ed eyelashes, a piece of statement jewellery, your glossy hair, neatly braided…
Perhaps that adds to the revulsion people feel when looking at you with your ‘trophies.’ Because you see, sweetie, equality of the sexes, like Communism, is great on paper. In reality it is something else. Biologically a woman is the giver of life.
When she takes life it is an aberration. When she takes life for fun it is perverse.
Your utter disregard for animals and nature is breath-taking.
I read that you desired to kill an adult male lion as it is the most sought-after trophy by wealthy foreign hunters.
The Maroi ‘Conservancy’ gang – Hannes, Laurens and Julious (sic), did your bidding and imported a lion to the area so that you could kill it. I know that you know that this is called canned hunting.
Trophy hunting is an obscenity beyond the obvious one. Trophy hunting for lion is killing healthy members of an imperiled species.
Do you know or even care that when an adult male lion is killed, the destabilization of that lion’s pride can lead to more lion deaths as outside males compete to take over the pride? Read National Geographic and learn a few things. I know I did.
Once a new male is in the dominant position, he will often kill the cubs sired by the pride’s previous leader, resulting in the loss of an entire lion generation within the pride.
Trophy hunting by definition is counter-evolutionary. It is based on selectively taking the large, robust, and healthy males from a population for a hunter’s trophy room.
These are the same crucial individuals that in a natural system would live long, full lives, protecting their mates and cubs and contributing their genes to future generations.
See why everyone thinks you are bloodless, callous and recidivist?
Your grinning happily behind a dead lion has shocked people in a country that is almost unshockable.
In South Africa rape and murder are commonplace. Let’s be more explicit. Baby rapes are prevalent. But it took your narcissistic exploits to energize a country that is compassion-fatigued.
Amid the sad and irritating news which leaves the populace numbed by your career of legalized poaching – murdering – animals touched raw nerve ends. Hunting for sport is bloody and antiquated.
In a mere four days the Stop Melissa Bachman Facebook page has had over 95,000 hits.
You awakened a vast tribe of anti-hunters who are intent on urging the international animal protection community to muster support for the plight of animals and the environment.
For that I thank you.
The website of the Maroi Conservancy – your enablers – has crashed.
When the site was up there was some feeble defense along the lines of ‘providing employment to the locals’ and ‘conservation’.
Since when does killing an almost endangered species count as ‘conservation?’ You’ve been drinking too many Klipdrifs and coke with the manne.
The money that does come into Africa from hunting pales in comparison to the billions and billions generated from tourists who come just to watch wildlife.
According to National Geographic, despite the claims that trophy hunting brings millions of dollars in revenue to local people in otherwise poor communities, there is no proof of this.
Even pro-hunting organizations like the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation have reported that only 3 percent of revenue from trophy hunting ever makes it to the communities affected by hunting.
National Geographic published a story in which Jeff Flocken, the North American director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare wrote; The United States government is considering whether to add lions to the list of species protected by the Endangered Species Act. Such protection would ban the importation of dead trophy lions into the U.S.
A recent study led by a scientist from Duke University showed that as few as 32,000 lions are left. Approximately 600 lions are killed every year on trophy hunts – 80% are killed by Americans.
A few years ago I read about a South African woman who was attacked by a male ostrich. She engaged it in a fight to the death with her bare hands and managed to strangle it. An ostrich has a kick stronger than a mule and their toe-nails are sharper than a serpent’s tooth. She was knocked to the ground several times and suffered a couple of broken ribs and a punctured lung. Perhaps the whole of the human race would have celebrated your “victory” if you had been attacked by the male lion and managed to kill it with your bare hands.
I don’t know if you have ever heard of a bloke called Mahatma Gandhi. I don’t think his name comes up a great deal in the bomas you hang out in after a good day of killing. He once said “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Given this premise I am afraid you and your animal killing chums are egregious, recidivist and morally bankrupt.
Yours etc. Jani
P.S. Isn’t it deeply ironic that “Melissa” means honey and sweet?
Read Jani Allan’s column on rhino poaching here
Andrew Kirk said:
White trash with a tan!!!!!
Beautifully written Jani
Killing animals is definitely not something I would do or condone but I find a lot of people especially in the western world live in a bubble and can’t see past their own views. There are far far far worse things out there to get up on the soap box for then this. Also, attacking the women’s personal appearance such as her breast, teeth and makeup take away from the points you are trying to get across and comes off extremely petty. It reminds me that none of us are perfect and we all have negative aspects to our personalities.
Rosemary Tipping (@RosemaryTipping) said:
Shooting a magnificent animal in cold blood shows a pathology which is more than ‘a negative personality aspect’.
Nelly, there are always worse things or more important things, I don’t think it’s a good argument. If I follow your point then, why funding research for little know diseases since cancer is the #1 killer, why arresting petty theft criminals when there are murderers and rapists out there. And I could go on and on. Why try to curtail animal abuse when children are dying. Simple. Because all these things are wrong and they all need to be addressed.
Jo Celeste Lombard said:
Thank you Jani for saying what we all were thinking! I hope she gets what she deserves,
You hater are assholes. Do you eat fish, poultry, beef, pork, lamb??? Then your killing animals also, but since its your hands not doing the dirty work its ok. Do you know that these big African hunts met the hunters pay thousands and thousands of dollars for help support villages and feed hungry children and elderly in those villages? if you guys want to talk about cruelty to animals look at our dogs and cats that are in the united states that are abused to chained to trees outside left in the winter to starve to death why don’t you focus your efforts on helping those animals that need help.
David James said:
Trying to be objective here.How do we know or not know the lion was a man eater or not and Melissa dear girl, was doing us all a favor and putting a rather indecent lion down?
Sweet Jesus if that lion every ate a man it was probably provoked people are more likely to get attacked by a domesticated dog and fyi hippos kill more people than ant other animal in Africa this was flat out to make herself feel powerful these beautiful animals are dwindling because of human beings whether its hunting it loss of habitat we humans area the biggest contributor to all problems animals or even the environment have so why us it ok for us to kill them for sport yet its a death sentence if they kill a human whether it be for food or self defense?
Doing us all a favor???!!! Of course he’s a man eater as are tigers and bears and other magnificent creatures who share this planet with us, do you think we should kill all of those as well until there’s none left so that you can feel very safe and proud??? The issue here isn’t even that, its a pathology, people feeling victors over taking a life….really… how little and tormented must a person be if that’s what they need to do for kicks? It is an insult to the human race that this kind of brutality could be allowed, shame on all people who could accept such behavior, equally disturbing as any other violent crime. Your comment reminds me of the apartheid and all of those who were just fine with having blacks be subdued because it wasn’t them that had their rights stolen, it wasn’t them suffering and being tormented, those who just accepted it as something necessary or comfortable just like you, they probably thought oh its ok they’re black or something just as stupid, I have to say you need to wake the f*** up!
Doing us all a favor???!!! Of course he’s a man eater as are tigers and bears and other magnificent creatures who share this planet with us, do you think we should kill all of those as well until there’s none left so that you can feel very safe and proud??? The issue here isn’t even that, its a pathology, people feeling victors over taking a life…really… how little and tormented must a person be if that’s what they need to do for kicks? It is an insult to the human race that this kind of brutality could be allowed, shame on all people who could accept such behavior, equally disturbing as any other violent crime. Your comment reminds me of the apartheid and all of those who were just fine with having blacks be subdued because it wasn’t them that had their rights stolen, it wasn’t them suffering and being tormented, those who just accepted it as something necessary or comfortable just like you, they probably thought oh its ok they’re black or something just as stupid, I have to say you need to wake the f*** up!
Melissa H said:
I am utterly sickened by this1 I have had the priviledge of being in a cage with a young female lion raised in captivity ( to prolong this wonderful; and amazing species) who had been rejected by her mother! I wonder what we will do when we have killed off some of our most wonderful creatures? Breeding programmes are fab but we need wild animals in their natural habitat!
Thank you for the information. Time these places stop calling themselves Conservancies!
You make me sick as a woman .. As a human being there are NO words … Stop hiding behind the illusions of your necklace, make up and staged hair do… Find who you are and be at peace with yourself do not rely on material things to make you happy. Karma always has it’s day ..
Duke Tirschel said:
Absolutely great article, Jani – it could only be better if it does any good. But I’m afraid the people who kill for pleasure, like this, have something terribly wrong with them that won’t be cured by anything other than to chase them down, and let them feel what it’s like for the poor creatures that die for no other reason but to give the perverted killers this sick pleasure. It’s alright, no worries, I don’t own a gun but I can dream can’t I?
Brilliant. The only shooting of animals should be with a telephoto lens.
To her, Melissa, from me.
Now that you have successfully torn the soul from a large male lion, the king of the jungle if you will, what next do you have to achieve? You sit there with pride behind a lion. A lion you so easily killed. For how difficult must the hunt have been to stand far from a large mammal and shoot your gun? Killing that majestic creature with a bullet? If this is your definition of heroism or a trophy? When you look upon your prize do you feel self worth? Are you proud now? What’s next? Human hunting perhaps? Why not evolve to the next mammals? Or are we not worthy of your bullets because the majority of us have amo as well. But, hey if you lock us in a caged area and hunt us, leaving us utterly defenseless I suppose we wouldn’t. You will never feel the sick rush you felt again after murdering this animal. Legal or not, you killed for enjoyment. For that you should face penalty. You took away a father, a brother, an animal spirit that did not deserve to die. Do you not feel any remorse? How do you look yourself in the mirror every morning? Perhaps, the only mirror you look in is the one haunted by the reflections of your many trophies. Is that how you survive day to day? With these haunting reminders of the lives you stole? Well Melissa, morally, socially, you have successfully broken all codes. Congratulations? You are savage, not that lion. You have achieved nothing with this kill. Any recognition you receive is insubstantial in comparison to the feelings of disgust you have created among this World. With this, you should know that the lion is the sole focus of this heart-wrenching image. You are simply an influential blur in the background. Insignificant, unimportant, and lost.
Rest in Peace sweet Lion. You deserved better, a death with dignity in your natural home environment, one of natural cause. Not a death as a result of a human killing for sport.
thank you for this! I hope this can create change ❤
Murray Lyall said:
Jani, your eloquence will make a difference, the fact you are as hot as a tiger will also help. Keep fighting the fight, the world is watching, and paying attention. Luv from Australia
Antonio Ciarleglio said:
Simply Superb !!
Sally bellis said:
It’s all wrong! You have no right to take a life… That animal is not threatening your survival… I would simply like to know… Why?
George Lucas said:
wow, someone killed a Lion. get over it. does pointing out the things that you think are flaws in other people make you forget how absolutely terrible each and everyone of you are?
Speak for yourself, George. I’m not a terrible person at all. I try to contribute good things to society, and not murder wild animals. You must be a pretty terrible person if you think everyone else is-or at least an extremely negative one, who clearly doesn’t care much about animals.
Helen crandles said:
nice – what sort of person agrees with the wanton destruction of an innocent animal?
Quite the reverse…. it makes me ashamed to be human sometimes knowing people try to justify this barbaric game that they play… Shoot at wooden targets…. not unnecessary killing of noble creatures we are supposed to protect.. or get a Playstation.
every one is blowing this out to lunch I am a avid hunter and so is my family. if you think she a bad person for hunting or shooting a animal you are a coward your self for not being able to pull the trigger on some thing you will harvest and eat and feed your family so if you criticized her for shooting a lion or any other animal you should grow up and confront every one on facebook and the internet instead of singling out one person thank you!
Hey – idiot, who’s going to eat a Lion?
Well said, schalk.
Ivan Phillips said:
You certainly won’t eat lion Brad, because you too spoilt with beef and the like. Your killing desires are therefore not for food but for some other inane reason
Blake Wooldridge said:
Who the fuck wrote this……..Obama? I support Melissa in her hunting practices! Really this article just looks like a really shitty way of guncontrol, ohhh lets get animal lovers involved and anti hunters involved! Oh my god did that lions death hurt you? No it didn’t so stop acting like you got you Dick stuck in yourzipper and shut the fuck up! Also one last thing on gun control, I bet we would have looked silly back in the 1700-1900’s going to war with peace signs, instead of flaming hot lead! Go melissa, hunt away! Fellow trophy and meat hunter!
Your argument is beyond odious. Please go back to the woods with your gun and fuck your cousin Sarah Palin. Obviously the the harm caused by the destruction of a mammal species that contributes to the balance of nature is beyond your comprehension. I invite you to open your heart and mind to the stress for survival these critically endangered animals are under. This lion lost its life for nothing more than sport and a human’s ego!!!
Helen crandles said:
you sound like a charming person
Ivan Phillips said:
Your mama wrote this you Chop
I think you missed your birth century (1700-1900) Blake Woolridge since your code of ethics seems to be from that period…. its not gun control you fool its about “accountability of being caretakers” on this planet… you obviously do not measure up to this much like your companion butcher of innocents. That lions death did hurt a lot of people…over 75,000 from last count. Why don’t you contribute to the extermination of a totally un evolved parasite such as yourself and fellow cowardly scum and go hunt each other?…
Wow, what a vile creature you show yourself to be. You clearly demonstrate your inferior intelligence with your adolescent and facile comments & I can almost see your red neck glowing from here. You are an example of a less evolved human being and I can only hope that your gene pool dries up very soon thereby doing a great service to the rest of humanity. That said, it is never too late to change, perhaps one day your brain will engage and you will see how utterly abhorrent you are. Compassion for all, NOT bullish violence will cure the evils of the world.
This is absolutley disgraceful. Killing anything just for pleasure is so wrong. These beautiful animals are so majestic.Any one that just does this for fun cannot be right in the head. All life is precious no matter whether it is human or animal. You are indeed a heartless and sick woman Melissa but I am sure one day karma will visit and then maybe we will see your lifeless body next to a lion.
Margaret Green said:
Jani Allan. YOU ARE AWESOME . I salute you
Very well written as a hunter I don’t believe in hunting for trophy. Especially when it’s an endangered species! That is rediculous. Hunt for food. For meat on animals there are an abundance of. That is natural. Not hunting the lions. I bet he was thinking “oh another bunch of tourists coming to say hi and take a picture…..” Bang.
What a cruel bimbo.
Well written and good job
Stephen behan said:
Well said keep the pressure up
Erin Bourke said:
Thank you Jani. Wonderfully written. I’m too angry to write anything sensible. Have shared your blog.
Kenna Sava said:
I find it emotionally dislocating to think of such a downtrodden human being, striving for something so departed, and infinitely lost within past experiences that ended in extreme trauma, that functioning in a healthily way, is completely absent within the brain.
Symptoms: mendaciousness, emotionally disturbed, unrestful behavior, substance abuse, promiscuous actions, extreme insecurity, body modification, (most commonly found in the breast area.) excessive use of cosmetics, abusing defenseless creatures, unnecessary anger, etc.
I truly hope Melissa Bachman finds peace in her heart and soul, and seeks medical assistance ASAP.
Charles congi said:
just another republican gun lover that’s how they show their might pitiful
Charles congi said:
just another gun loving republican this is how they show their might , pitiful isn’t it
Charles congi said:
people kill but guns help them do it
Tatyana Valda Belinda Hill said:
Everything I wished I could say and more. Thank you for this xox
Oh Jani… I always knew I ‘smaaked you stukkend’, but this blog takes ‘smaaking’ to adoration. Brilliant!!!
U go girl (Jani)! I also hate hunters, especially ones who hunt 4 pleasure. I shudder 2 think what fate this lion’s offspring will face – it sickens me 2 even think about it. I hope ur response 2 her will open her eyes, as well as hundreds &/or thousands more, after reading about the effect her action causes 2 killing a male lion. Thank you sooo much. I applaud you.
An animal lover…
lindsey esser said:
I think this was written quite well. I understand, do not participate, in hunting for meat. A true hunter utilizes every inch of the animal that he or she has killed. If you see them in a picture they are talking about the size of the deer yes, but you know that that deer will most likely feed their family all winter long, and the hide will be utilized as well. Killing an animal for pleasure is part of the triad that Forensic psychiatrists use to categorize what creates a serial killer. I have to wonder does Melissa still wet her bed and light fires?
That’s your opinion like an asshole everybody has one
Jim Dicken said:
She legally took an animal by permit. IF you do not like it then stop your government from selling the permits. Male Lions die all the time from fights with other lions, They kill the young sired by the other male IF they can.. when the cubs are dead the Lioness goes back into heat and another group of cubs is born.. The idea that an entire generation dies is not true. One group of brothers and sisters dies.. and then more are born.. same generation since it is the same mother.
IF all hunting is stopped, what happens?? Animals will lose their fear of man. We have seen it in California with ever increasing attacks on hikers and bikers on trails by Mountain Lions. Fear of man is important in the survival of any species. Man has been part of the equation of wildlife survival and the circle of life since time began. From the Masai who were required to kill a Lion to become a man.. doing so with a spear yes, and not a gun, but still part of the equation. IF YOU DO NOT WANT people to hunt lions, then buy more land and make it off limits. Hire some Game Wardens and keep them safe. Otherwise attacking a person for legally killing an animal is nothing more than a school yard bullying of a person who put part of their personal treasure on the table in order to legally hunt and who donated the meat, and the hide to the local village. Not to mention the money for trackers and helpers that went to the locals. Hypocrisy rules in the Feel Good World of animal rights.
Donna Wade said:
You talk about PERSONAL TREASURE! That lion belongs to all of us who enjoy wildlife.. wasn’t hers to take…permits or not.. and don’t you worry … we are taking steps to stop permits..there is much more to the story than you realize…
She certainly is an embarrassment to her gender she just really doesn’t fit in.
Oh yes and please excuse any typos. This pc skips letters. I was going to get a new one .but I donated THOSE funds to WILDCRU,.
@Jim Dicken and fellow defenders of the indefensible
When you try to dictate what to do to others, remember this—It is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt!
I can counter every foolish word you uttered with the truth but know it will be wasted on you.
You clearly know nothing about our country or the rest of Africa so keep your treasures intact and use your guns to destroy your own wildlife.
Ivan Phillips said:
I still think the biggest pussy is the one with the gun. Well written Jani.
A million times over, trophy hunting these animals is sick and wrong. This letter is PERFECT! Why do some humans believe their lives are more sacred than any other species?
Carina cunningham webber said:
Thank you so very much for your outstanding article, was lovely,factual and ever so cutting. Carina- Treehuggers vervet Sanctuary.
Brilliantly put Jani, carry on writing please.
Alex Jones said:
Hypocrisy is loving a Lion or Dog whilst quietly snacking on Beef or Lamb. “Biologically a woman is the giver of life”. Really ! . Please be a Vegan ! Quit Meat !. Meat is unclean, full of pain & suffering and really quite bad for your health long-term.
Brian Wiley said:
I think that you need to look at the money they charge for the hunts it is 10,000 and UP. To a hunt in Africa all the meat goes to local villages all you get is a mount and the experance of the hunt I think all the anti hunters you really need to do the research on what you are bitching about it helps to keep the wildlife in check or they will multiply and you will have disease and massive distruction to the land so I see no problem if someone has the money to spend all that money to go and hunt it only can help The economy the people and help control animal population so I am with malissa and the hunting community 110%
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
An articulate and beautifully written piece that shines the spotlight on a grotesque husk of a woman taking part in utterly disgusting practises. Melissa Bachman is a repugnant figure; thoroughly and unwaveringly reprehensible. Anyone with a modicum of decency and intelligence can see that. Jani, you write wonderfully, and your anger, though controlled, was palpable and wholly justified. You are the polar opposite of this vile creature and I am sure your intelligent and well written article will help to highlight just how heinous this excuse for a human being is.
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Stef Snyman said:
It is a pity that these people including “Tupperware t#$ts” here would not dare take on such a majestic creature without that rifle. How vane. They should be put out in a camp and be hunted just for the fun of it.
Garry Johannesen said:
This sick chic doesn’t deserve a proper comment……I shoot animals myself, however I use a camera
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Eugene Nieratko said:
I must say I could only get myself half way through the post. I didnt read a single comment because its not even worth it. I say this to every anti hunter or activist out there talking about hunting I suggest you spend some time with scientists and researchers about population control methods around the world you may find yourself looking at things a little differently. Or you may continue to be ignorant.
nice article. sitting next to a majestic animal that you have just shot, holding the gun that shot it, with a stupid grin on your face is….what can i say, one of the most idiotic images i have ever seen. Melissa Bachman. A disgrace to humanity
If you kill an animal for the f*ck of it and not food or in self defence, you clearly have issues. What the f*ck is wrong with people?????
I’m speechless to say the least!!!!!