South Africa. A hunter kills a giraffe and takes a photo with her heart

The controversy broke out about ten days ago. On February 14, in the middle of Valentine’s Day, Merelize van der Merwe, a 32-year-old farmer, published on his Facebook account, a post still visible today, and yet …

“Have you ever wondered how big a giraffe’s heart is?”

We see a young woman, who we guess to be the hunter, raising as a trophy a bloody heart that we suppose to be that of a giraffe. The text accompanying this post is self-explanatory: “Have you ever wondered how big a giraffe’s heart is? I’m so over the moon with my BIG gift for Valentine’s Day !!!”

According to the Mirror Journal, the husband of Merelize van der Merwe would have spent 1,500 pounds (over 1,700 euros) on a hunt in a game park in Sun City, South Africa, during the weekend of Valentine’s Day.

Souvenir photo in front of the giraffe she has just slaughtered

What provoke the indignation of Internet users, and particularly animal rights activists.

Especially since the mother of the family has doubled her Facebook post with a photo in which she proudly poses alongside a downed giraffe.

She justifies her action by saying that “killing the aging bull giraffe helps save endangered species in South Africa”. An assertion rejected by conservationists.

A petition to force Facebook to censor its publications

Since then, Internet users have been on fire and a petition already signed by nearly 4,000 people has been launched against her. The authors protest against the laxity of the social network Facebook which has decided not to censor the shocking publications of Merelize van der Merwe.

On the petition’s website, it read: “On her page (Facebook), this monster shares images of the endangered species it is slaughtering. Among them are giraffes, elephants and leopards. She also shares images. and videos of herself covered in blood, dead children and of her and her barbarian comrades cutting down their victims. Why does Facebook, a supposedly family-friendly site, allow it? that they should do the decent thing: forbid it.

But the thirty-something seems to not care. Sharing the petition, with irony, she writes: “New petition against me … I thought I would help their little cause a little.”

According to an Internet user, a complaint has been filed against Merelize van der Merwe, with the court in The Hague in Holland, as well as with the Embassy of South Africa.

Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by

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