TV Presenter Melissa Bachman Angers Entire Internet After Shooting A Lion

Warning: photos of dead animals. Bachman posted a photo of a lion she allegedly shot.

TV presenter Melissa Bachman posted a photo of lion she allegedly shot and killed on Twitter, and was met with the full force of the animal-loving internet.

Bachman tweeted, saying: “An incredible day hunting in South Africa! Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion…what a hunt!’ The tweet included a photo of Bachman and her gun looming over a (presumably dead) male lion. African lions are not an endangered species, but their status is considered “vulnerable.”

Bachman is currently a producer and co-host for the show Winchester Deadly Passion. She’s also no stranger to controversy as she was previously dropped as a contestant on the National Geographic TV show Ultimate Survivor Alaska after a petition on Change.org called for her dismissal as Bachman is a “contracted trophy killer.” The petition gained over 13,000 signatures in just 24 hours.

The reaction to Bachman’s tweet was overwhelmingly negative, with people saying they were “disgusted” and enraged by Bachman’s tweet:


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@foto8

Someone stop this bloodthirsty killer travelling world shooting animals. @MelissaBachman is a wildlife killer http://t.co/lWsPPhXHbe”

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Ricky Gervais

@rickygervais

“@MelissaBachman: incredible day in South Africa! Stalked this male lion…what a hunt! http://t.co/Gerc9AfmGo” spot the typo

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Timm

@Endzeitkind

I hope you get eaten by his friends. “@MelissaBachman: An incredible day hunting in South Africa! http://t.co/NJcgUxl87O”

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I'm in a rage after reading an article about this stupid bitch Melissa Bachman killing a lion just for sport. My blood is boiling.

— Sarah Martini (@Sarah_Martini)

Sarah Martini

@Sarah_Martini

I’m in a rage after reading an article about this stupid bitch Melissa Bachman killing a lion just for sport. My blood is boiling.

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Someone even started a Change.org petition to get Bachman kicked out of South Africa:

The Government of the Republic of South Africa: Deny future entry visas to Melissa Bachman. http://t.co/0VOD00wgbu via @change

— Tara Fulton (@fulton_tara)

Tara Fulton

@fulton_tara

The Government of the Republic of South Africa: Deny future entry visas to Melissa Bachman. http://t.co/0VOD00wgbu via @change

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A summary of Twitter now: Trying to get Russel Brand into the country, whilst trying to keep Melissa Bachman out of the country.

— Anja van der Spuy (@AnjaWintour)

Anja van der Spuy

@AnjaWintour

A summary of Twitter now: Trying to get Russel Brand into the country, whilst trying to keep Melissa Bachman out of the country.

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Melissa Bachman’s Twitter account has since been deleted, however, it appears the photo of Bachman with the lion is a few weeks old as there’s a “Melissa Bachman Supporters” Facebook page that posted the same photo on Nov. 2.

Facebook: MelissaBachmanSupporters

The “Show Support for Melisssa Bachman” Facebook page also has a large collection of Bachman’s trophy photos:

Facebook: MelissaBachmanSupporters

And her website shows that not only has she been a keen hunter from a very early age:

melissabachman.com

And that hunting is kind of a big deal in her family:

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What does the fox say? I guess we'll never know because Melissa Bachman killed them all.

— Keshnee Moodley ♡ ‏ (@keshneemoodley)

Keshnee Moodley ♡ ‏

@keshneemoodley

What does the fox say? I guess we’ll never know because Melissa Bachman killed them all.

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Supporters of Bachman say that South Africa raises money from visitors of private hunting parks to help support agriculture. The Metro point out that it’s unclear if the lion was tranquilized rather than killed, but from looking at Bachman’s past trophy videos, it seems unlikely.

Bachman seems to have learned the hard way to not mess with the internet when it comes to animals.

@CoffeeBeanD @StarWors_F1 @MelissaBachman is not a role model. My daughter Jenna is! She has impacted kidz lives ♥☺

— Anita Baker (@MaBaker_No1)

Anita Baker

@MaBaker_No1

@CoffeeBeanD @StarWors_F1 @MelissaBachman is not a role model. My daughter Jenna is! She has impacted kidz lives ♥☺

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Seriously.

Love #Animals

— Ferre Santos (@FerreSantos_)

Ferre Santos

@FerreSantos_

Love #Animals

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Just don’t.

"Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled." ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

— Planet Earth (@planetepics)

Planet Earth

@planetepics

“Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled.” ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Cate Sevilla is the UK managing editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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