Hunter con­demned for shoot­ings taunts her crit­ics with ‘Eat more goat’ T-shirts

● Amer­i­can TV pre­sen­ter brings out cloth­ing to cel­e­brate killings

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By STU­ART MAC­DON­ALD news­deskts@scots­

An Amer­i­can hunter who sparked ou­trage and re­ceived death threats af­ter she posted pic­tures of her­self with goats and sheep she shot on Is­lay has taunted her crit­ics by launch­ing a range of T-shirts cel­e­brat­ing her ac­tions.

Larysa Swit­lyk, 33, a tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter, was roundly con­demned when she posed along­side the dead an­i­mals she killed on a visit to the He­bridean is­land.

Now she has re­sponded to the con­tro­versy by pro­duc­ing a col­lec­tion of T-shirts and hood­ies bear­ing slo­gan in­clud­ing “Don’t Let Me Get Your Goat”, “Eat More Goat” and “‘Bar­baric Hun­ters’”.

The huntress 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.”

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 field sports 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 called her crit­ics “ig­no­rant” and has said she will never apol­o­gise for her ac­tions. She had proudly de­scribed how she had spent two days hunt­ing goats on Is­lay be­fore fa­tally wound­ing one with a “200-yard shot” us­ing a long-range ri­fle.

The pic­tures caused fury with a politi­cians, celebri­ties, is­land res­i­dents and out­raged mem­bers of the pub­lic call­ing for an end to the prac­tice. Fol­low­ing the furore, Swit­lyk said she was “headed out on a bush plane for my next hunt­ing ad­ven­ture” and would be out of ser­vice for a fort­night.

She de­fended her ac­tions and thanked fel­low hun­ters who sup­ported her.

An on­line pe­ti­tion has been launched call­ing for the govern­ment to ban tro­phy hunt­ing in Scot­land. First Min­is­ter Nicola Stur­geon said the Scot­tish Govern­ment would re­view the sit­u­a­tion and con­sider whether changes to the law are re­quired.

The Scot­tish Govern­ment has said that it will re­view the law on an­i­mal culling af­ter the re­sponse to the im­ages.

Swit­lyk is a for­mer ac­coun­tant who left her job in New York City to pur­sue her pas­sion for hunt­ing and fish­ing and now hosts Larysa Un­leashed in the US.

The show fol­lows her around the world.

Larysa Swit­lyk mod­els one of her range of T-shirts which she says she is launch­ing in re­sponse to the ou­trage over her shooting ex­ploits on Is­lay, right

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