Hunter taunts crit­ics with range of T-shirts

US woman who posted pho­tos of goats she killed on Is­lay un­re­pen­tant de­spite out­cry

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - STU­ART MAC­DON­ALD

An Amer­i­can hunter who caused ou­trage af­ter post­ing pho­tos of goats and sheep she killed on a Scot­tish is­land has taunted crit­ics by launch­ing a range of T-shirts cel­e­brat­ing the con­tro­versy.

TV pre­sen­ter Larysa Swit­lyk, 33, re­ceived global crit­i­cism af­ter she and a com­pan­ion were pic­tured smil­ing with an­i­mals they shot on the Isle of Is­lay.

But she has now un­veiled a col­lec­tion of T-shirts and hood­ies bear­ing the slo­gans “Don’t let me get your goat,” “Eat More Goat” and “‘Bar­baric’ Hunter.”

The hunter claimed a per­cent­age of prof­its from the cloth­ing range will go to­wards wild goat con­ser­va­tion.

She posted a photo of her­self wear­ing one of the shirts and wrote on In­sta­gram: “Due to the re­cent ou­trage over my hunt­ing ad­ven­tures I’ve de­cided to launch T-shirts to take a stance for what I be­lieve in.

“A per­cent­age of every shirt sold goes to­wards con­ser­va­tion ef­forts for the world’s capra species.

“Thank you for your sup­port. We are al­ready on our next hunt and will be in and out of ser­vice the next two weeks.

“Def­i­nitely on a dream hunt right now

You have done huge dam­age to the sport that we love and sell­ing T-shirts like this shows extremely poor judg­ment

and I’m extremely blessed. Thank you God and again I will never apol­o­gise for be­ing a hunter.”

Swit­lyk’s de­ci­sion to launch the T-shirts, which are be­ing sold for $29.95, was crit­i­cised by peo­ple on so­cial me­dia.

Patrick Gal­braith, the edi­tor of the Shooting Times, said: “Beyond dis­taste­ful that @LSwit­lyk is shame­lessly at­tempt­ing to cap­i­talise on a pa­thetic stunt that may ul­ti­mately harm field­sports in Scot­land.

“She shows no re­spect for the hunt­ing com­mu­nity or the beau­ti­ful crea­tures we are priv­i­leged to pur­sue.”

One Twit­ter used called ‘Matthew in Nor­folk’ wrote: “Please don’t bother com­ing back to the UK. You have done huge dam­age to the sport that we love and sell­ing T-shirts like this shows extremely poor judg­ment.”

Natasha Rein­hart said: “Ab­so­lutely dis­gust­ing and a huge, shame­ful em­bar­rass­ment to Amer­i­cans that travel abroad. Scot­land, we are so sorry for the ac­tions of th­ese jerks who can only plea­sure them­selves by mur­der­ing beau­ti­ful crea­tures.”

Swit­lyk has said she will never apol­o­gise for her ac­tions and this week called for an end to death threats against her.

She had proudly de­scribed how she had spent two days hunt­ing goat on Is­lay be­fore fa­tally wound­ing one with a “200yard shot” us­ing a long-range ri­fle.

The pic­tures caused fury with politi­cians, celebri­ties, is­land res­i­dents and out­raged mem­bers of the pub­lic call­ing for an end to the prac­tice.

An on­line pe­ti­tion has been launched call­ing for the govern­ment to ban tro­phy hunt­ing in Scot­land.

The Scot­tish govern­ment has said that it will re­view the law on an­i­mal culling.

Larysa Swit­lyk with a photo she posted dur­ing her time spent hunt­ing on Is­lay.

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