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TV Host Sparks Fury After Posing With Slain Lion

Going on a lion hunt?

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There's uproar all over the Internet after a U.S. TV host Melissa Bachman shot and killed a lion in South Africa then posted her bragging rights on Twitter and Facebook.

Although hunting this big game isn't illegal in many African countries, Cape Town resident Elan Burman started a petition pleading for the South African government to ban Bachman from returning to the country:

"She is an absolute contradiction to the culture of conservation this country prides itself on," wrote Burman.

According to an article in the Daily Mail, Bachman is quite the hunting aficionado, posing proudly alongside numerous kills with her chosen firearm. Her website even includes a trophy page of her slays, which includes alligators (as shown below), zebras, and, antelopes.

Needless to say, not everyone is a fan of her "sport." Even British comedian Ricky Gervais took a swipe with the following tweet:

"'An incredible say [sic] hunting in South Africa! Stalked inside 60 yards on the this beautiful male lion... what a hunt!' ... spot the typo"

The petition has already exceeded 5,000 signatures, and Bachman has since locked her social media accounts. Yet it begs the question: How devoted to conservation is South Africa if hunting lions is still legal there?

Though we may not agree with her 'sport,' Bachman isn't the real problem here, is she?