World Cup beauty loses modeling gig after hunting photo outrage


The Belgian beauty who scored a L’Oreal modeling deal after her World Cup photos went viral earlier this week has been released from her contract.

The decision comes after 17-year-old Axelle Despiegelaere sparked outrage on Facebook with a picture showing her posing with a dead oryx gazelle she had hunted in Africa, The Independent reports.


“Hunting is not a matter of life or death,” she said in the photo’s description. “It’s much more important than that … this was about 1 year ago … ready to hunt americans today haha.”

The post came on the day that Belgium eliminated the United States at the World Cup. After the furor began on Facebook, Despiegelaere responded: “Hi, I didn’t mean to offend anyone … it was a joke. Thanks for understanding.”

L’Oreal officials say that Despiegelaere will no longer be representing the company and that her contract has officially been “completed,” according to The Independent.

A spokesperson for L’Oreal said: “L’Oreal Professionnel Belgium collaborated with her on an ad hoc basis to produce a video for social media use in Belgium. The contract has now been completed.”

Despite admitting that they were aware of the controversial photo, the spokesperson did not specifically say whether it directly led to Despiegelaere’s termination.

But they insisted that the French cosmetics giant “no longer tests on animals, anywhere in the world, and does not delegate this task to others,” The Independent reports.

The Belgian teen was in Brazil two weeks ago watching her team prepare to face off with Russia, when a photo of her showing her team pride went viral.


Making the rounds on social media, people all over the world couldn’t get enough of Despiegelaere.

She filmed a promotional video shortly after receiving her contract from the world’s biggest beauty company, but it has now been removed from Facebook.


Despiegelaere is not the only attractive teenager to recently create a firestorm over her hunting photos on social media.

Kendall Jones, a 19-year-old cheerleader from Texas, has received a staggering amount of criticism over photos showing her gleefully smiling next to downed African animals.

Furious Facebook users have gone as far as creating a “Kill Kendall Jones” fan page, which was later removed by the website.

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  • IJ

    Great way for L’Oreal to get in the news. Makes you wonder if this wasn’t all a scam from the beginning…?

    • Guest

      Exxactly – use someone elses popularity and ride the wave. I’m not a fun of hunting. But it does make a difference if you are hunting impala, oryx or another biltong animal (of which meat gets eaten – people are omnivorous, remember) or a lion (which is hunted purely for ego).

    • Exactly – use someone elses popularity and ride the wave. I’m not a fond of hunting. But it does make a difference if you are hunting impala, oryx or another biltong animal (of which meat gets eaten – people are omnivorous, remember) or a lion (which is hunted purely for ego).

  • Controlled Hunting supporter

    Hunting is the best form of conservation in Africa… Without putting a value on controlled hunting and animals would mean that they would not be worth protecting or aiding breeding. They would be poached into near extinction. If you need examples then look up African countries that dont have a wildlife protection agency or hunting outfitters and see how much wildlife they have left.

    • Beat Gazebo

      well the first problem with your idea is lumping up protection agencies with hunting outfitters. Wanting to Kill a rare intelligent long living animal like a rino is a a sign of mental illness. Nobody in the history of man had such disrespect for the living things around them and thought it fun to take their rare valuable life. If you people would spend your tens of thousands to go take pictures, feed or help these animals have a place to live, like buying land or repairing it, you would feel so much more joy in life. Teach your children how to shoot film, how to camp, how to only take the right food from the land and you will be doing them a favor.

      • Jan Harm

        There is a place for all. African wildlife needs a successful and proven wildlife conservation policy – this is the crux of the matter. Only a holistic all-inclusive process will work in the long run. Trying to run each other down is ironically counterproductive – only wildlife will loose eventually. Interestingly I do teach my children how to shoot film, how to camp, how to only take the right food from the land and a lot of that teaching happens through responsible, ethical and sustainable hunting and fishing – but that also includes game viewing, birding, ecotourism and the likes. The most important lesson for them would be to know exactly what their role and place in nature is – they need to have a balanced and respectful perspective about nature, resources, wildlife and the influence of mankind.

        • jo

          Yes but how is shooting animals anywhere in the world called conservation when their numbers are declining? Elephants may be gone by 2025, Lions not long after not to mention other big cats, rhino, polar bears, bears, then we add all those ocean dwellers too, these animals have enough to worry about with loss of land, pollution, overfishing, being shot by farmers and poachers without adding in the ‘just for fun and to make me feel big’ so called hunters. That to me seems counterproductive, I just don’t and can’t understand how you pro hunters truly seem to believe killing for fun when numbers are declining is conservation.

          • Jan Harm

            Your first mistake is the propaganda line – “killing for fun” – that was invented by animal rights activists in attempt to discredit hunters. Take rhino for example – they were hunted years ago when they were less than a 1000 and it helped in creating value and building up its numbers into 20 000. Today poaching is decimating them – not hunting. Also study both the Urial sheep and the Markhor – both critically endangered species – where trophy hunting was the major driving force in some areas to stop poaching, benefit communities and help build up their numbers. Similarly species like the blesbok and black wildedebeest was brought from the brink of extinction through careful management which included hunting as a conservation/management tool – true success stories. I think the same applies to Scottish deer and numerous North American deer/antelope as well.

          • Jo

            Well it’s a ‘sport’ and most people do a sport for fun, hence hunting is fun, killing is fun, propaganda it may be but still the truth is it not?? Also, (and I wish I could find the link to the website where I saw this) but all the countries in Africa that offer hunting still get far more money from ecotourism because it’s bigger business. I can kind of see that hunting could be seen as a reason to protect animals in the way you mention and increase numbers but I still see it as counterproductive as the animal is still shot and I just can’t see that as conservation in it’s true sense. Ecotourism is to me a longer and more full proof way maintaining animal populations, look at gorilla populations in Uganda and Rwanda – people pay hundreds of dollars to go and see them (I myself have down this) money goes back into local communities (although probably less than I would like) and numbers are increasing. Poaching in these countries has decreased. Tanzania has recently recused taxes associated with eco tourism to encourage more of it, that makes sense to me.

          • Jan Harm

            Not all areas are fit for ecotourism and not all species will generate the interest that gorillas does. And the negative impacts of tourists visiting gorillas have also been documented. It is all about balance and how circumstances dictates. Most importantly it is also about patterns of land use – wildlife ranching has been proven to be the most productive form in arid and semis arid areas. Now take Namibia for example -there will be no way that you will be able to make the entire surface area available/ attractive to ecotourism. Such properties and conservancies will than have to find other means of harvesting their natural resource – otherwise they will domesticate with cattle, sheep or goats to make money. These areas will then have to rely more on hunting and in the process they will create habitat, expansion of biodiversity and wildlife numbers. If you now have vast expanses with say springbok and impala it will not automatically attract the same money as does the gorillas – would it ? There are so many and will they be such a novelty ? But they can be sustainably hunted generating income. And a spin off is now that the prey population may now support predators (cheetah, lion, jackal ,caracal, other smaller cat cats species and hyena etc) all through the hunting activity in the absence of ecotourism as income. If you let local communities now to benefit from it, it gives them the incentive to build tolerance towards carnivores – a entirely different situation to gorillas which are far more confined to localised protected areas – not so ? The increase in cheetah numbers must surely be due to increasing range, habitat, available prey species and tolerances over vast distances/areas they would need ?

          • Jan Harm

            Namibia for example has earned more through hunting than ecotourism – but it is also about a process of maximizing your benefits and income stream. Relying on one sector only is disastrous – the flagship model of Kenya has clearly shown it – 50 years of pure ecotourism has not been proven to be “the long term solution” – on the contrary it resulted in the loss of 70% of wildlife ? Why on earth should I now still want to cling to it as “the solution” – the statistics are far too frightening. The results of this experiment speaks for itself.

          • Jan Harm

            I hunt a few antelope per year for venison and biltong – hardly consider it as a “sport”.

          • Toto

            That is why I say Americans out of Africa,you pretend you are humanatairian when these overbreeding indigenous peoples have civil wars etc.But lets face facts you always want something in return.We as I said do not want your bloodstained money get out you most hated of all nations on Gods green earth @ examples no make that 3 Aphganistan,Iraq,Cyprus,who your stupid idiotic garbage foreign secretary Joe Biden recently in Cyprus said the USA recognises the Greek Cypriot government as the legitement government of Cyprus.
            Took you idiotic yanks an aweful long time to come to that conclution.

          • Jo

            Oh my good god! That was an attack and a half and given the fact I’m not Amercian you’re ranting at the wrong girl. The US is not perfect, I am fully aware but nor is ANY other country in the world, including all those in Africa, and Africa (unfortunately) has it’s fair share of humanitarian issues too. I don’t agree will all that America does, nor my own country but assuming I’m American and hating me for, even though I’m not makes you, at least seem pretty ignorant. Stop being a internet troll and direct your thought in a more productive way.

          • Justin Hilbert

            Wow … That is a harsh, ignorant statement to generalize Americans in such a way. The bi-partisan political party system is a farce, and if you actually believe that we, the people of the United States have any real control of the US Government, then you are sorely mistaken. Lumping the average American in with the likes of an elitist like Biden is ridiculous.

          • Pangolin

            jan harm, lees liewer die weervoorspelling. You have no clue on conservation.

          • Jan Harm

            Grapjas !

          • bhiza46

            Its simple economics, people pay more for a hunt, and if the hunt is done ethically with the over the hill animals, the old stink bulls and such then it actually does good things, by letting newer younger bloodlines come into the fray. Numbers are not declining in conservation, numbers are declining in poaching and subsistence poaching. It may seem callous, but lets look at it this way, an American comes over and spends 150k on an elephant hunt. That 150k goes mostly back into the community around the hunt, in skinners, cooks, etc… a poacher comes in a shoots an ele… we’ve lost an ele and no one gets anything… Animals have to be valuable or we cannot protect them. Simples.

          • Jo

            See my post in reply to Jan Harm as this really applies to you too. Also, how much of that money goes back into true conservation, 10%, 50%, 80%?? Don’t even get me started on canned hunting – that is in no way conservation and in my opinion even a hunt, a semi tame lion in an enclosure – that is not a fair fight. Lets talk about the Nambian desert Elephants – they are on the brink of extinction 18 YOUNG bulls left of which there are permits for 9 to be shot so your argument about taking out the old bulls, certainly in this case is frankly complete rubbish. I’m pretty sure generally there is not an age over which animals are allowed to be hunted, once they’ve got past their peak.
            Yes I agree poaching takes out far more animals and numbers are not declining where there is conservation, however, we greatly differ on our definition of conservation.

          • bhiza46

            Well lets look at a country which has a decent hunting programme…. Zimbabwe… currently 18000 elephants over carrying capacity in Hwange national parks alone, how should we sort that out? did you read my post about ethics?? If they have 18 bulls left and are shooting 9 then that is not ethical obviously. There is an age where ethically hunted animals are put in the bracket. Old tuskers who don’t even mate anymore are in more danger than a young bull. Lets put all this aside and you tell me how we can save animals without hunting…. look at Kenya… stopped hunting, stopped having people with a vested interest in preserving populations so they can be hunted by rich foreigners, they have the one of the biggest butchers bills in Africa, so mr or mrs know it all. And for your information canned hunting is an economically viable by product of hunting, its a terrible thing but no different to a cow or a goat. You rear it to be killed. Rather a 80k canned lion than one of the populations in a or around a national park. It IS economics at the end of the day, if you made not poaching more profitable than poaching then then there would be no poaching. If you made photo safaris more profitable than hunts then hey presto conservation would come from photo safaris rather than hunting. YOur last sentence….”Yes I agree poaching takes out far more animals and numbers are not declining where there is conservation” proves it, where is there real conservation without hunting?????

          • Jo

            I’m not denying that hunting is economically viable, canned hunting no doubt is, people pet them when cubs then shoot them when they are older so it’s money from both angles. In terms of data, from what I have seen the countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, SA, Botswanna and 2 other countries I forget which, all generated more money from ecotourism as opposed to hunting, Namibia was the country in which the two were closest in term of amount. We obviously have different sources. I believe that ecotourism along with education to the local population about these animals can save them and obviously tackling poaching .
            In Hwange national park then answer to me seems to look at splitting the heard, moving part to an unpopulated area, maybe not the most economical option but in terms of conservation the best in my eyes.
            I guess our fundamental difference is not economics, it’s a moral one, I just do not believe in hunting/killing animals. Now to clarify, I’m a meat eater, I always try to eat organic meat, avoid cosmetics tested on animals etc etc and killing an antelope or two, fishing or what I can agree with IF it’s eaten, then it’s food and no worse than killing a cow. It’s when that is not the case and animals are killed more for the thrill of it, and especially if numbers are declining. Fundamentally, I could never pull a trigger on an animal, I had to put a dog down once, gave the injection, no I’m not a vet (in Namibia of all places), despite knowing is was the right thing to do for this dog as he was in so much pain I was upset, that is my nature.

          • bhiza46

            I, Jo, am not saying that hunting is the be all and end all of conservation. Its merely a tool, if utilised properly has positive effect on bloodlines, numbers and flora and fauna. Unfortunately in this day and age things have to pay for themselves. Even your dog did. He gave you pleasure and love etc. ..I agree that there are some sick people out there who would like nothing more than to shoot everything. Im sorry I cant take Tanzania or Sa as being countries that take more money from ecotouri…I have many friends who hint in those places. Kenya has no choice you can’t hint there. .. bots have only just stopped hunting, wait and see what happens there. I think fundamentally we are on the same page, but just different in our appraoch.

          • Jo

            No, I realise that and I can appreciate what you are saying and no doubt the economics of it all can make sense, I just I don’t think I will be ever able to say ‘yes hunting is ok’ because I can’t see killing a living animal who has as much right to be here as us as a positive thing, pictures of people posing with the rhino/giraffe/bear/lion/oryx etc they have killed I find grotesque and `i see no reason for killing many of these animals other than the thrill, you want a thrill, I say take up sky diving as your hobby. I appreciate not all hunters are like this but when I hear of a hunt where the rhino is asleep and woken up just to be shot before he’s managed to properly stand, seriously, that’s hunting??
            The dog, I’d known for 5 days, I was working in conservation at the time and it was one of the dogs there, no huge attachment at all.

          • bhiza46

            Well unfortunately you cannot judge somebody for their likes and dislikes. Who are you to do that? Have you taken the high ground in every situation in your life? Your high ground may not be my high ground. Most certainly you can have an opinion, no one should grudge you that, whether you like it or not hunting is a pastime for some people. If it is managed and the money comes in that allows boots on the ground to stop poaching, keeps habitat safe..then more power to it.

          • Jo

            I’m not judging them as a whole person, and I haven’t named called/slandered you here. This is an a emotive subject that entices a whole lot of name calling on both sides and I do not see the point in that, it just causes more animosity. I’ve also not said I am the perfect person who always takes the high ground, but I try my best to live by what I believe. In most cases I can not agree with hunting, I believe animals have as much right to be here as us, I believe in killing what needs to be killed for food – as animals do and I believe in showing respect for living creatures which I don’t believe those that hunt them for fun do.

          • stel

            Conservation is just an excuse to hunt.

      • Gillian E.A

        I agree Beat Gazebe , your letter said it all.

      • JRocky

        well said. these cowardly hunters are a disgusting shame to humanity.

        • I think animal rights activists are a disgusting shame to humanity.

          • JRocky

            you are a disgusting shame to humanity and a coward. come hunt me, coward.

          • I doubt it would be as much of a challenge or as much fun. Do you require a large conservation area away from the hustle and bustle of the rat race? Because that’s part of the experience that makes hunting fun. Also I you tend to leave a bad taste in the mouth so I don’t want to even try and eat you. Besides, you are what you eat and I wouldn’t want to be a moron

          • JRocky

            cowardly punk

          • Subhuman bigot.

          • JRocky

            Against hunters. absolutely. i am proudly a bigot against hunters and will be for the rest of my life.

          • David Johnston

            I am too. I hate all serial killers, child molesters, spouse beaters, and hunters. Anyone who picks on the weaker and more vulnerable is absolute trash Vermin. Scum.

          • JRocky

            It would be helpful to your delicate psyche to admit that normal people who see no value or fun in murder are better than you. You need help. You need to admit yourself. Face it, you and your dumb as rocks hunter buddies are awful people and should be erased from the earth. coward.

          • Jono

            Hey Guys, I was in the Luangwa valley last year in Zambia. We were bush camping in between the North and South Luangwa, areas commonly known as Game Management Areas. These areas were formally hunting areas but Zambia stopped hunting last year. We heard poachers guns at night and we met 4 local Zambians on different occasions that were previously employed by hunting outfitters. They were jobless and despondent and were desperate for hunting to be allowed. The roads were in a terrible state as every year after the rains the hunters would maintain the roads. The outiftters in general also helped with anti-poaching etc. Makes sense for them to do that. Anyway, the reality is eco-tourism alone cant sustain the vast areas of bush in Africa and hunting is a good partner to eco-tourism. I spent 3 years working in the lodge industry and now farm. Lodges in general run on a tight line and its only a few that make real money to re-invest in the local communities etc. despite what their glamorous marketing teams try tell you!Its a damned tough industry. I am a flat out supporter of hunting on a sustained basis as its been proven in South Africa how game farms ( hunting farms ) have been mostly responsible for the resurgence in game numbers in South Africa. In this world we live in today emotion and feelings take second place to economic reality especially in Africa where human rights are a joke! No sense in cursing each other and belittling each other, the reality is wildlife has to pay otherwise its not worth it, sounds hard but that is the reality. Be cautious in what websites you read and believe as there are many NGO’s that make a healthy living out of playing to people’s emotions. Last note: ” Kids that hunt and fish dont steal and deal!”

          • JRocky

            You’re not looking at the big picture. The reality is that their only means of survival is an amoral activity at the expense of the greater good. If you’re sayingthat the only means of survival for those people is to needlessly hunt animals, i call b&**(sht. For that to be true you would have to have a great dependency on needless hunting by all. What you have is a vast minority of people who learned to hunt as a means of living. What would you say if my only means of survival were hunting and killing humans? I and you both know the answer. I would need to find another line of work. So, bottom line, i don’t get your point at all.

          • Justin Hilbert

            Curious. Are you a vegetarian?

          • bhiza46

            Thats right hit back with personal little jibes because the argument for hunting is valid.

          • JRocky

            completely invalid. its a distorted argument based on the human desire to be a piece-of-excrement. So, if humans werent around, what would the poor animals do to survive? thats right, the life and death cycle would happen naturally. just as it would were humans not intervening and being completely destructive

          • bhiza46

            Seriously what kind of argument is “if humans weren’t here”….?? Humans are here. … Tough. .. deal with it. We are the dominant species on the planet and yeah we stuff things up and we have our problems and cause all the problems in the world. .. Tough. .. its a sh*t one. Hunting is a tool in the box for conservation, in the time and place we find ourselves as a race. Lets all hold hands and sing khumbhaya and hope the bad people go away. Please.

          • Freedom

            garg: you need not eat anything,killing for fun is for morons.You are a major moron by way of you enjoying killing wildlife.Take them on on equal terms no guns or weapons.MORON.

          • Calling people morons just highlights the Dunning Kruger effect. I’m glad you are against hunting because you should not be trusted with a gun.

          • Freedom

            You calling others morons is ok but you don’t like to be called one? (JRocky)You should hand in your weapons before you cause any further damage.Killing to is fun,shows the bloodthirsty nature running through your veins.I don’t own a gun by choice,though a am a good shotest,you on the other hand own a gun because you love killing for fun what a freaking idiotic moron you are.

          • You’re calling bloodthirsty people who love killing morons. How much time do you need?

          • Freedom

            No time at all you blithering idiot,I leave that up to morons like you.

          • Clearly, you need more time because you still think it’s smart to hurl insults at people whom you regard as bloodthirsty, armed, and willing to kill for fun.

            Are you about a size 14?

      • Do you eat plants? Because plants are intelligent and sentient and rare beings too.

        Actually, just about everyone in the history of humanity has had this lack of respect for living beings because our survival depended on it. Currently, conservation efforts depend on it. Perhaps if you spent your tens of thousands to go and take pictures of these animals, this would no longer be the case. But sadly, as with most things, the animal rights people have bigger mouths than wallets or brains.

        • Jo

          Many people do spend thousands of dollars, ecotrourism bring is far more money compared to hunting in EVERY country in which both are allowed – I wish I could find the link for you.

          • I wish you could find the link for me too, because all the evidence I have suggests otherwise. Please consult the links I’ve posted above and see for yourself.

    • HGJB

      Bull dust and ignorant person. Why don’t you the same with human being ? create a club to stop human number growing and growing . They create 99% of disasters on Earth. Tour guide
      in Spouthern Africa

    • Graeme

      How does doping a lion, putting it in a small enclosure and having a foreigner kill it do anything for conservation? And this happens daily….

  • Educated African

    What a load of s**t “Controlled Hunting Supporter”. That argument does not hold any merit in the 21st century. Just check out Botswana’s record at truly effective game management and conservation. Without hunting. Countries can earn far more dollars from eco tourism than hunting. Also a larger proportion of the local people benefit from the significant rise in jobs that eco tourism promotes. You put a value on an animals by charging lots people to look at them, not a tiny minority to kill them. Its a truly stupid argument put forward by the hunting lobby.

    • Jan Harm

      Studying the Kenyan model vs the Namibian and SA models of conservation your argument then does also not hold any water either. Botswana has always hunted – they only stopped this year (their downfall is probably still to come). In Namibia the major driver for their success was trophy hunting – more than ecotourism. The important thing it that one must have a holistic and all-inclusive process (neither hunting or ecotourism on its own will do it). If you look at the flagship of SA – the KNP with all its ecotourism it is running at a loss ? – ecotourism is failing to make it financially self sustainable (remember I do now not advocate hunting in KNP) – merely trying to bring reality and balance into a highly emotional, sensitive and complex debate. The ultimate role-model of ecotourism as the sole driver – Kenya – has proven to be an abysmal failure. Why would I like to emulate a disastrous policy that has led to the loss of 60-70 % of their wildlife when SA and Namibia have shown the exact opposite with their models of conservation.

    • I’d like to see the figures, if you have them. Most figures I could find indicate that hunting brings in far more money than eco tourism.

      Figures for Namibia show that ‘while basic tourism was infrequent, trophy hunting was a common course of revenue from wildlife’.

      In fact, most of the academic literature seems to agree that we’re all puzzled why eco tourism doesn’t generate either the sustainability or the profits of hunting. This because as you say in theory there should be more people going around shooting animals with a camera than what there are shooting animals with guns. Turns out this isn’t so.

  • Shame on L’Oreal !!!!

    • JRocky

      shame on you, hunting coward. come hunt me punk

  • This hunting moral panic is really getting out of hand.

    • Jan Harm


    • JRocky

      youre out of hand. go hunt with your bare hands, coward.

      • Even if I do hunt with my bare hands, you would not be satisfied. Your issue is not with hunting or with morality, your issue is you have a lack of comprehension for anything that does not fit your decrepit world view.

        If it weren’t hunting, you’d find something else to get upset about because the problem isn’t hunting or hunters, it’s you. It’s the commodification of activism because we have it so good in the post-industrial era that our biggest concerns are relative poverty and animal rights.

        Activism isn’t something that you do after giving it much thought, it’s just a fashion accessory.

        • JRocky

          you have no idea what you’re talking about. silly conjecture

          • And neither do you, but apparently we’re all equal now and everyone’s opinion counts. That’s the problem with free speech – sometimes it’s downright cheap.

          • JRocky

            I have every idea of what im talking about. your mother hated you so you take it out on animals. youre a psychopath

          • Clearly your mother dropped you on your head or drank a lot while expecting you.

            Now if you have something substantial to say to back up your opinion – and that’s all it is, mere opinion – then feel free to present it. Otherwise, I’m afraid you’ve just reinforced my conviction that people who are anti-hunting are ignorant bigots.

          • JRocky

            Im sorry coward, I can’t hear you. I can’t hear the ramblings of cowardice. The spineless jellyfish coward has no voice in this world. I’ll take you 1:1 any day of the week. coward

          • I guess it went over your head. I have no interest in idle threats thanks to your internet balls. If you had any idea what I look like you’d think twice about suggesting anything physical with me, plus I am a hunter so you know that I am armed. This lack of judgement on your side also manifests itself when you are asked to do something more cerebral like, say, presenting a rational argument (or anything, really) that supports your anti-hunting witch hunt.

            Bigotry still describes the profile of the average anti-hunting lobby gimp. And I do mean average. You are merely prejudiced, so you treat other people with fear, distrust or hatred on the basis of their hobbies which frankly are none of your business.

            This is the last time I’m going to assume that you have an inkling of reasoning ability: Kindly come up with the goods or go and play behind the bike shed until some other person you fear, hate or distrust comes along and pick a fight with them.

  • Harry Louw

    Company that fired her is very well known for lab animal testing

    • And for its human rights abuses, and for its institutional racism. They are hypocrites trying to sugar coat their public image at the expense of a school girl. The anti-hunting crowd isn’t the brightest to begin with so it’s easy to abuse their hysteria to this end.

  • David Johnston

    I hate all serial killers, child molesters, spouse beaters and of course hunters. Anyone who picks on the weaker and more vulnerable is absolute trash. Vermin. Scum.

  • Mark W

    All this nonsense about hunting being necessary for conservation!!
    The worlds human population is expanding fast and the rarity of wild areas is already pushing up the value of these assets. You do not need to shoot the animals to appreciate them or to get value out of them. More high paying tourists can be accommodated on a given area than hunters – end of story. Hunting is dying and the sooner the better.
    I am in conservation and have experienced hunting. Be assured that a shot to “preserve the trophy” (i.e. don’t blow up the head!) is a heart/lung shot like the one in this picture of this little bimbo with her Oryx. The death is not fast and for a few minutes the animal heaves and struggles as it drowns in its own blood.
    Lastly animals like the cats have complex social structures with defined pride areas and dominant males. the killing of one male (and hunters are only interested in big mane males) causes havoc in the prides.
    There’s absolutely no justification for bloodlust

  • Toto

    I do’t have much to say have said so much already Americans out of our country please keep your filthy dollars not needed here ,to my countryman who support CANNED hunting am ashamed to say I am South African,or that I breath the same air as you,miss ex L’Oreal am glad you’ve lost your job,I just hope L’OREAL are sincere in their reason for getting rid of you.There is nothing more saddening to see a smiling idiot over their kill,that they killed with very little effort as it was CANNED.My husband & I cannot wait for our twice yearly trips to Krugar,which is not always possible as we live in Cape town,so we visit the game parks closest to us,ther is nothing more beautiful than to see wild animals roaming freeling,& you have to remain in your car,though you do get the odd idiot American,South African,European who do not abide by the rules,so glad that pommie woman got what was coming to her,only sad thing is Sanparks ranger put the poor Elephant down.I would rather call wild life my closest friends than most humans who think they can do as they please.

  • Jim Duke

    Another sick ignorant ugly little girl. Hunting promotes conservation–exactly how pray!!!!

  • kendall … or kevin?

    We need to talk about Ke(vi)ndall. And we really, really, really do need to stop calling this activity hunting. It is not hunting. It is African wildlife target practice. Call it AWTP for short. Technology today relieves the AWTP practitioner of exposing him- or herself to risk, to bravery, to patience, to physical endurance, to strength of character and to commitment. These qualities are no longer required. Weapons are so sophisticated today there is simply no risk left, and little tracking required. To refer to this activity as “sport” is entirely disingenuous. There is no fight, no combat, no challenge, This makes it target practice, pure and simple. Think about Kevin – he understood this perfectly. Unemotionally. So now the question that remains is: does the use of AWTP to conserve our rapidly dwindling gene pool (in the threatened species) sound like common sense to anyone? Can AWTP possibly have a positive impact on bloodlines, bhiza46, whilst simultaneously diminishing those bloodlines? Hmmmmm … I was never great at maths, but something here does not add up. And do I judge someone by their likes and dislikes? Oh, you had better believe it, yes. If someone is introduced to me as a child molester or wife beater, yup, I’ll be judging. Wouldn’t you?

  • Baroness Danuté

    Fantastic she deserved for her cruelty.


    It is a pity that we have to debate the economic value of wildlife. It has a value way beyond cash. However, money talks – too loudly – and real conservationists have to tread a difficult path. It will be a long time before wildlife is afforded a purely ethical value, but in the meantime the focus has to be on stopping those greedy and selfish hunters (and agents) who hide behind a ‘conservation’ mask. The first step has to be So-called legitimate Sports hunters doing more to get the criminal hunting house in order. Then maybe we can think about the second step.

    • Jan Harm

      I agree It does have value at many different levels (ethical, aesthetic, intrinsic, spiritual and whatever else we can think of …. and of course economical). But we will not escape the reality of its economical value – most evident in poaching and the bush meat trade where it is detrimental. Hunting counters it in a positive and beneficial way. Take away, or disregard its economic value and you take away wildlife forever. And all these values can live and prosper hand in hand. “Greedy and selfish hunters” is a misperception – or at most a very crass generalization.

      • Ron PARNELL

        When I refer to greedy selfish hunters, I mean a specific clique who have No morals, ethics or conservation interest. Not all hunters. It is up to the ‘respectable’ hunting community to do more to tackle the bandits.

        • Jan Harm

          Thanks Ron – on that I could agree with you.

  • stel

    You so called cultured westerners leave our African wildlife alone, at the moment they hardly stand a chance of survival, but you come here with your cannons and destroy what rightfully belongs to this continent, what makes you think your survival on this earth is more important than theirs?
    They are all that is left that is true to our world, destroy them and we destroy ourselves.

    • Jan Harm

      How do you define a “cultured westerner” ?

      • stel

        It seems you know it all, maybe we should stick to your rules and all hunt a few buck every year not as a sport but just to appease our gourmet appetite, how many buck do you think will be left in a year?

        • Jan Harm

          Well the principles remains “responsible and sustainable” – then one would be able to do it for ever – all harvested at quotas which are determined to be sustainable. And if you read carefully I do not want to make hunters out of very non-hunter. Interestingly millions of head of cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry are slaughtered daily – and they do no go extinct – maybe they have some form of “value” perhaps. And you are wrong I do not know all – but I do get a lot of information from scientific articles, other info in different formats from specialists in their fields of expertise, and then statistics which are reliable, transparent and accessible to all to study. Some of the statistics are very informative. And my question about how you define a cultured westerner ?

  • Pangolin

    Then it has to be hunting. Not doping rhino to kill and believe in an erection. A hunter should walk on his own feet and hunt for food. Hunting means survival. So if you already have a fridge filled with lamb, oxen and chickens, you need not to hunt.

    • Jan Harm

      And if one specifically prefers venison – healthy, low cholesterol, free range and additive free ?

  • keyboy

    Nice shot!

  • Debby Morge

    good she shouldnt represent products killer of the innocent

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