US tro­phy hunter boasts of goat kills

Tele­vi­sion star taunts crit­ics with new line of cloth­ing

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - FRONT PAGE -

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, re­ceived 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.”

Ms Swit­lyk 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 and I’m extremely blessed.

“Thank you God and again I will never apol­o­gize for be­ing a hunter.”

The de­ci­sion to launch the T-shirts, which are on sale for $29.95, 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.

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

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

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

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.

Swit­lyk, a for­mer ac­coun­tant, hosts the Larysa Un­leashed tele­vi­sion show in the United States.

TRO­PHY: The orig­i­nal pho­to­graph which caused ou­trage when it ap­peared on­line

One of the T-shirts in the new cloth­ing range

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