A New Zealand mother who hunts to provide “organic” meat for her family claims she’s been getting death threats over social media photos with dead animals.
Lucy Rose Jaine, 29, says she is against intensive factory-farmed food and hunts animals like wild pigs, deer, boars and wallabies to ensure what they eat is “organic and sustainable.”
“I hate factory farming so hunting wild meat is ideal,” she says. “It’s free, it’s fun and it helps the farmers.”
She frequently posts scantily-clad Instagram photos holding dead wild animals to show off her lifestyle, but many online critics call her carcass-carrying trophy pictures “sick,” “horrible” and “psychotic.”
“Sad excuse for a human,” one commenter writes. “Hope someday she will be the one being killed and that would be a good kill,” writes another.
Jaine tells Media Drum she doesn’t take negative comments “to heart,” even people who threaten her life.
“I’ve had a few death threats from people who just don’t have any experience with hunting,” she says. “Or maybe they are against animal cruelty.”
Jaine claims she ensures to “respect the animal in the process,” noting that many local farmers encourage her to hunt to help with their “pig problem.”
“The animals are living a good life,” she adds.
While she has plenty of supporters on Instagram, some questioned her ethics. “So it’s ok to kill any animal that you decide has had a ‘fulfilled’ life?” one commenter writes. “I didn’t realize you were an omnipotent being that had the right to decide whether another animal lived or died?”
The Wanaka resident says she and her partner, Sharn, often take their three children along hunting about five to eight times a month for food, family bonding time and because the wilderness “really sparks their imaginations.”
“I like that we can teach our children how to hunt their own food,” she says of her brood, which range in age from five months to 7 years old. “The kids love the adventure.”
Jaine says they gut, skin and clean the animals before cutting them up and freezing the parts, adding that she saves about $192 a month (300NZD) by hunting animals for meat.
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