Hunter courts new con­tro­versy

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

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

TV pre­sen­ter Larysa Swit­lyk, 33, faced global crit­i­cism af­ter she and a com­pan­ion were pic­tured smil­ing with an­i­mals they shot on 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.”

She said 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.”

The de­ci­sion to launch the T-shirts was crit­i­cised on so­cial me­dia. Patrick Gal­braith, ed­i­tor of the Shoot­ing Times mag­a­zine, said: “Be­yond dis­taste­ful that @LSwit­lyk is shame­lessly at­tempt­ing to cap­i­talise on a pa­thetic stunt that may ul­ti­mately harm field­sports in Scot­land.”

Ms Swit­lyk this week called for an end to the death threats against her.

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

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is re­view­ing the law on an­i­mal culling af­ter the re­sponse to the im­ages.

One of the pho­tos which pro­voked a fu­ri­ous re­sponse

Part of the cloth­ing range

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