An American trophy posing in a photo next to a black giraffe that she shot and killed has caused . It sparked a online debate on or not to ban trophy hunting - the hunting of animals for fun. The trophy is the (or part of it) kept, and displayed, to show the success of the kill. A fee is usually paid to the government to help conservation. Critics of this say countries earn more from wildlife than from big game hunting. The giraffe's killing is being compared to Cecil the , killed by a trophy hunter in 2015.
This killing caused a on Twitter to write: "White American ...comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe, [because] of South African ." The hunter defended her . She said the giraffe was an old that was attacking and killing young giraffes. She said: "This is called through game management. Now that the giraffe is gone, the younger are able to breed." The of the Safari Club International defended the woman. He said: "Giraffes are to hunt in South Africa."