I’M OVER THE MOON’
Trophy hunter slammed for posing with bloody HEART from giraffe hubby paid £1.5k for her to shoot as ‘Valentine’s giftA TROPHY hunter posed with a bloody giraffe heart which was cut out of the beast she shot.
Merelize Van Der Merwe, 32, infuriated campaigners by sharing the photo of her "perfect" Valentine's Day gift.
She boasted how her "wonderful" husband paid £1,500 for her to kill an old giraffe at a game park.
She captioned the picture: "Ever wondered how big a giraffe's heart is? I'm over the moon with my big Valentine's present!!!"
It sparked outrage among animal rights activists who said it was plain "cruel" and branded her a "sociopath".
But Merelize argues her kill actually helps save threatened species in South Africa.
The defiant mum told the Mirror she calls animal rights groups "the mafia" and has "no respect for them".
The couple had been planning a Valentine's trip to the resort of Sun City but they "quickly" changed their plans when the opportunity to shoot a giraffe came up.
Merelize said: "I'd waited years for my own perfect bull – the older a bull gets, the darker he gets.
"I love the skin and the fact it's such an iconic animal for Africa.
"Our plans changed quickly. My wonderful husband Gerhardt knew this was my dream.
"I was like a child for two weeks, counting the days. Afterwards I was flooded with emotions."
She plans to use her 17-year-old victim's skin as a rug.
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