Sabrina Corgatelli, an accountant for Idaho State University, has sparked controversy after posting pictures of herself with the dead bodies of animals she has hunted in South Africa.
In the wake of the social media outcry over the illegal killing of Cecil the lion by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, other big game hunters who have posted pictures of their kills have come under fire. Corgatelli has sparked controversy after she posed with the corpses of a giraffe, warthog, kudu, wildebeest and impala, which she says she legally hunted, onto Facebook, reports The Telegraph.
Before going to South Africa with her boyfriend, she counted down the days to the “trip of a lifetime” on her Facebook page. She also posted a meme, or viral image, which reads: “To all the haters. Stay tuned, you’re gonna have so much to be p----- off about.”
Corgatelli only began posting pictures of her kills after it was revealed that Cecil the lion had been killed.
The first picture she posted shows herself above a dead greater kudu, an African species of antelope. Kudus are larger than cows and have twisting horns that average 4 feet long. In the post, Corgatelli wrote, “Yesterday was day 1 an amazing day!!! Got my beautiful Kudu!! It was my #1 want on my list and I got him on the first day!!! Loving it there!!”
Later in the day, she posted pictures of herself with a dead giraffe, writing, “such an amazing animal!! I couldn’t be happier!!”
The photograph was commented on more than 13,000 times and her post has 20,130 shares, according to the Facebook page. Corgatelli defended the kill of the giraffe, saying “giraffes are very dangerous animals,” and “they could hurt you seriously very quickly,” reports Salon.
Above a photo of a warthog she killed, she wrote, “What a fun hunt!!! Loving it here!!” She also described the impala she killed as “one of Africa’s icons.”
The posts prompted a firestorm of outrage. While her Facebook page has 12,000 likes, suggesting many supporters, others have called her “the definition of disgusting,” “deranged,” and “heartless.”
Corgatelli’s boyfriend, Aaron Neilson, wrote in defense of his hobby, “I AM HUNTER! For that I make no excuses, no apologies, I back down to no one, and I hide from it not!”