Images of an American hunter posing for a photo next to a black giraffe that she had shot and killed in South Africa have caused online. It has sparked a debate on whether or not trophy hunting should be . Wikipedia says: "Trophy hunting is the hunting of game for human recreation. The trophy is the animal or of the animal kept, and usually displayed, to represent the of the hunt." A fee is usually paid to the government to help conservation. Critics of this say countries earn far more from wildlife than from big game hunting. The giraffe's killing is being compared to Cecil the lion, the iconic big cat hunted and killed by an American in 2015.
The latest killing caused an on Twitter called Africa Digest to write: "White American , who is a Neanderthal, comes to Africa and shoot down a very black giraffe, courtesy of South African ." The American hunter defended her . She told CBS News that the giraffe was an old male that was attacking and killing giraffes. She said: "This is called conservation through game . Now that the giraffe is gone, the younger are able to breed." Paul Babaz, president of the hunting group Safari Club International defended the woman. He said: "She was hunting in South Africa and giraffes are to hunt in South Africa."