American TV personality Larysa Switlyk, host of Larysa Unleashed, is facing condemnation from wildlife lovers all over the world for several pictures she recently posted to Instagram. Though she’s hunted many animals on her program, which centers around her love of hunting and fishing, several pictures she took posing with the bodies of dead highland goats and deer in Scotland seem to have caught the ire of the conservation-minded community.
For the caption of one photo, Switlyk wrote:
Beautiful wild goat here on the Island of Islay in Scotland. Such a fun hunt!! They live on the edge of the cliffs of the island and know how to hide well. We hunted hard for a big one for 2 days and finally got on this group. Made a perfect 200 yard shot and dropped him…
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Beautiful wild goat here on the Island of Islay in Scotland. Such a fun hunt!! They live on the edge of the cliffs of the island and know how to hide well. We hunted hard for a big one for 2 days and finally got on this group. Made a perfect 200 yard shot and dropped him with the @gunwerks and @nightforce_optics ! ( Good thing too because he could have ran off the cliff into the water). Ever interested in hunting Scotland and doing some whisky tours, email firstname.lastname@example.org !
To the picture’s detractors, Switlyk describing the hunting and killing of an innocent creature in such a fun, cute tone seems a bit insensitive at best.
She also posted this photo with another dead goat:
Switlyk and her companion, Jason, have been hunting in Scotland for well over a week. Some of these pictures of the pair have inspired action in the Scotish government!
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the photos as “upsetting” and “offensive.” He called on the government to review its conservation laws, under which the hunting of goats and deer as a population control measure is not illegal.
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My ride has arrived ~ I’m headed out on a bush plane for my next hunting adventure and will be out of service for 2 weeks. Nothing better than disconnecting from this social media driven world and connecting back with nature. Hopefully that will give enough time for all the ignorant people out there sending me death threats to get educated on hunting and conservation. FYI , I was in Scotland over a month ago ...
Legal or not, the internet placed itself firmly against Larysa’s hunting:
I feel genuinely sorry for you and us all - until we can overcome the need for murder and cruelty there will be endless suffering. This isn't sport, we've destroyed 83% of the world's wildlife. Please wake up, if not for the planet then for your own karma.— Cassian Hall ???? (@CassianHall) October 25, 2018
You brave, brave man getting a gold medal for shooting a GOAT! Did you wait for it to stop to eat some grass or chase it about a bit?— ayesha christmas #FBPE (@organicsi) October 25, 2018
How very brave of you. Not. Must be something fundamentally wrong with you to think that this is a fulfilling way to spend your time. Remove yourselves from our country, and don't come back.— Mother_of_Imps (@NamuratheLock) October 25, 2018
Sadly land management does lead to animal culls occuring but grinning and posing with that animal is not normal behaviour. " Look everyone I killed a goat with a gun !! " - brave ? Not in the slightest.— Paul Woodham (@thumpermaxie) October 25, 2018
What an odd person you must be to kill animals that are quietly living their lives until you come along and destroy them. Immoral and soulless comes to mind when l think of you and your partner with your gun and selfies. Pity you can't both disappear from the face of the earth— Fay van Dunk (@FayvanDunk) October 25, 2018
#LarysaSwitlyk Larysa Switlyk Are you all the ticket? I think you need psychiatric help or locked up. To kill these beautiful wildlife animals is a sin. We are not in a bygone era hunting for food, these animals need protection from morons like you, your outmoded & callous.⛔️— Bee Wilson (@BeeWilson3) October 24, 2018
Some objected to Switlyk’s glorification of the hunt, and posing with dead bodies in such a cheerful fashion.
@AndrooMunro completely legal !! But wow !! Just seems so bloody wrong .— DaveyLee8 (@Daveylee8) October 25, 2018
I understand the need for the culling of wild animals to prevent overgrazing & the spread of diseases etc., but letting tourists take trophy ? pictures with the dead animal is inhumane & we shouldn’t allow it here.— gip gip grant (@applecrumbleg) October 25, 2018
So beautiful that you killed it just for the fun of it ?— Kim Orriss (@kimborista) October 25, 2018
Many acknowledged that Switlyk’s acts were legal, but wished they weren’t.
It’s disgusting and should never happen in the UK.— Pete (@GowalkiesMK) October 25, 2018
I don’t understand people getting a pleasure out of killing something.
These people can’t be right
Was it fun for the goat?— dorojane ? (@dorokrakow) October 25, 2018
Sick. Killing such a beautiful animal simply for an adrenaline rush. Please hand in your humanity membership.— tobyoneKenoby (@tobyone07) October 25, 2018
Good thinking with the camouflage, just in case the goat you slaughtered from long distance had a sniper rifle of its own...— neil doherty (@neil_nin) October 24, 2018
Go away. You’re not welcome on my Island..— John McMillan ??????? (@iainile) October 24, 2018
Perhaps we’d all be better off if people shot with cameras instead of guns.
This was the end result when my wife shot this beautiful beast. No sniper mode or gun needed. Just a phone. pic.twitter.com/EOeyocV9d4— James McCreadie - Travel Scotland Ⓥ (@james_mccreadie) October 25, 2018