Couple Spark Outrage After Sharing Their Hunting Kills On Social Media
Blogger Kristyn Higdon, 28, from Lexington, Kentucky, USA, originally gained followers by sharing lifestyle and fashion tips.
However, over the last four years, Kristyn has also begun to share her love of hunting animals online, often flaunting her latest kills on the Insta grid like trophies, alongside her style tips.
Using a double tree-stand set up, Kristyn and her fiancé Chad, 33, capture many of their hunts on the 'gram, for followers to see.
Pictures include slain deer and turkeys, which Kristyn stands proudly alongside after hunting them.
And naturally, they don't all receive positive responses.
'You are a disgusting excuse for a human," one critic wrote after seeing her kill shot.
While another penned: "Hopefully, one day soon karma finds you."
"In the words of Ricky Gervais 'Whether god or millions of years of evolution creation these magnificent creatures, why KILL them' absolutely disgusting!!!!" another chipped in.
"A selfie too??? Just so horrible and crude!!! Well done. You managed to shoot a stationary, peaceful creature with a high velocity rifle. Very sporting".
Despite the backlash, Kristyn says she will continue posting the snaps, as she sees hunting as a means of "conservation", and argues she is controlling the population numbers of the animals she kills.
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Kristyn and Chad, who are to marry this year, add that they plan to continue hunting for many years to come, and want their future kids to pursue it too.
"We definitely plan to continue passing the hunting tradition down through our family. We're scheduled to get married in December of 2021 next year.
"There's no plans for children just yet but we do have two nieces we'd love to take some day," she says.
"Just this year, we hunted a double tree-stand setup together and I harvested a buck which was awesome. It's also something I get to do with my dad and papa.
"I predominantly hunt during the early fall for compound bow deer season - and usually only for whitetail deer. I also love turkey hunting in the spring with my dad."
While many hunters cite conservation as a justification for the bloodsport, animal rights charities have fought against this notion for years.
"Contrary to what hunters often say in defence of their cruel pastime, hunting has nothing to do with 'conservation' or 'population control.' In fact, animals are often specially bred and raised for hunters to kill," PETA say.
"If left unaltered by humans, the delicate balance of nature's ecosystems ensures the survival of most species. Natural predators help maintain this balance by killing only the sickest and weakest individuals.
"Hunters, however, strive to kill the animals they would like to hang over the fireplace-usually the largest, most robust animals, who are needed to keep the gene pool strong.
"This 'trophy hunting' often weakens the rest of the species' population: Elephant poaching is believed to have increased the number of tuskless animals in Africa, and in Canada, hunting has caused the bighorn sheep's horn size to fall by 25 percent in the last 40 years."
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