Ricky Gervais and Morrissey Denounce the Lion Killer, Melissa Bachman

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Looking perversely pleased with herself as she posed for a photo over the corpse of the beautiful lion she had just killed in cold blood, the hunter Melissa Bachman has sparked understandable outrage.

To quote PETA Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi:

Hunting is cruel and completely devoid of sportsmanship. It takes no courage or character to stalk and kill trapped animals. … Maybe the public backlash against her revolting photos will help Bachman realise that dressing up like a Lara Croft wannabe, slaughtering wildlife and then posing for photos does not make her a strong and powerful woman but, in fact, quite the opposite. Real strength lies in protecting those who are weaker than oneself.

Comedian Ricky Gervais also made his views known on Twitter, combining his characteristic sarcasm with a genuine sense of outrage:


Compassionate superstar Morrissey admitted that the disturbing photograph of Bachman next to her victim left him “tearful”, and he lashed out against anyone who regards killing animals as a “sport”, from bloodsport aficionado David Cameron to bear-shooting Sarah Palin, and also took a dig at Princess Anne for her extraordinary recommendation last week that we should all start eating horses.

Morrissey’s memorable media statement goes on to take an even wider perspective on the treatment of animals in our society. With devastating clarity, he reflects:

In lordly London, a proudly moral statue stands on Park Lane. It honors animals that “served” during the war, boldly telling us They Had No Choice.

There is no statue that states: ANIMALS IN ABATTOIRS – THEY HAVE NO CHOICE.

These stirring words are a powerful reminder that we do have a choice. We don’t need to feed on the flesh of animals, whether they were felled with a shotgun or dismembered in the slaughterhouse. We can choose to stand against bloodshed and killing: PETA.org.uk/pledge.


  • Just K commented on November 20, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    It makes me sick to the core. To coin a favourite quote my father always used – ‘she needs shooting’.

    • louise despointes commented on November 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      that suppose woman is not one she belong to the bad men gender that have no balls to mesure themselves to wild animals bare handed, but with powerful guns, what sort of bravery is that? send those hunters to war & let see how brave they can be!

    • K griff commented on April 22, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      When will you people learn hunting is conservation. I spent several months training anti poacher patrols in Africa with the army, where did they get there funding PETA, wwf I think not it all come from sustainable hunting that has been put back into conservation efforts. Most species over the course of evolution have evolved there breeding process based on predation and natrual culling, the human foot print socially and economically is so vast this can no longer take place. We as custodians must take the role to maintain the quality of the wildlife, we do this by selecting animals that a predator would the sick, old, injured and somtimes the young this maintains the healthy balance. Even trophy hunting falls into this category by careful selection of certain individual animals it allows fresh DNA to enter the reproductive chain eliminating a lot of genetic problems down the line. This is not an unnatural act for us we are also a species of this planet and just like your dog chasing rabbits or cats bringing you dead birds we have been encoded to hunt and it’s only out of the lack of necessity that most of us don’t. We have been hunting since the dawn of man and we no different to he lion who kills the small gazelle or the eagle that preys on little mice. Ok those photos are in bad taste and she needs to learn to respect her quarry but that’s a character flaw and not a hunting morality issue. I will probably get called scum, killer, murderer or whatever but if any of you are capable in having a serious conversation on conservation and hunting without the boring “let’s give the animal guns and see how you feel” same old same old then I would love to hear your side.

      • Amanda Howey commented on June 27, 2015 at 5:53 pm

        Apologies for the late reply, and I hope the thread has not “gone cold”, but this is a subject I take a passionate interest in. Firstly, and surprisingly, I actually respect a couple of points you raised in your defence of hunting, but I would like to offer my views, and would be interested in your counter thoughts.
        While it is true, that money accrued from hunting is put back into conservation, is it not also true to highlight, that these people are simply paying organisations to unfairly stalk and kill animals which are enclosed in a compound designed specifically for this “occupation”? And why not just give the money for conservation without the disrespectful need, to turn it into a sporting event? Have we devolved to such an extent??
        Indulge me, while I invite you to look at things on a grander scale. We are very much part of the ecological system, and food chain, but we do not hunt only for food, we hunt for pleasure, status, power, and egotistical satisfaction…..no other species on this planet is guilty of this….only humans. It’s interesting to reflect, that if we had not evolved to the level we are at today, and if we had remained static in the time of our Neanderthal relatives (with the balance fairer) and extensive livestock farming etc did not exist, would there be a need for conservation? Would not the natural selection system stay in place…for us as a species also?
        It seems to me (and I’m trying NOT to take a militant view!) That if we stopped fighting against the natural law of the earth, and tried to live in harmony with it, then species population, the old, the dying, would take care of itself.
        This planet, and life upon it, survived for millions of years before humans evolved and f****d it up, and I know it’s too late to change that, but if the perception is altered, perhaps we can nurture more compassion for our beautiful animals, and stop cruelty in all its forms.
        And perhaps also stop using conservation as a defence against blood sports.

  • Claudia Silveira commented on November 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm


  • walter botteldoorne commented on November 20, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Melissa Bachmann verklaart op facebook dat ze die leeuw geschoten had voor de bevolking van de stam te voorzien van eten.Druist tegen alle dierenwetten in .In koele bloede neergeschoten omdat ze mediageil is ,enkel bloedgeld geldt voor haar en de King van de wildernis samen met een lachende Melissa tart alle grenzen.Heeft ze geen gevoelens? Of is ze klaar voor in een gesticht.!!!

  • John commented on November 20, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    So when will Peta denounce Mark Zuckerberg and boycott the use of Facebook after he shot a buffalo and has its head mounted as trophy in its headquarters?

  • Sandra Beck commented on November 20, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Not only do animals suffer pointlessly but the people who care enough to make a life style change (Not contributing to any animal suffering) are paying the price in a daily heartache at the horrific images and stories! why do only some people feel the pain…..what have the others got missing? If scientists want to experiment, why don’t they look at the brains of murderers, hunters, poachers and their own kind!experiment

  • neon blade commented on November 20, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t care what their justification is. Legal or not, “needed culling” or not, “helping with their preservation” or not. Justification is not the issue. Anyone who kills these magnificent animals and then posts pictures of themselves smiling with pride next to the corpse is a seriously disturbed individual.

  • Donna Graves commented on November 20, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Hunters are a waste of human skin, I wish they were all DEAD and in hell where they deserve to be.
    Hopefully Ms. Bachmann will perish soon, ( maybe in a hunting accident) the world will be a much better place without her. I personally can’t wait for her to reap the karma she deserves.

    • Siobhan McMinn commented on December 8, 2013 at 9:50 am

      I wholeheartedly agree with you Donna 100% That’s my wish too!!!

    • B. Wayne commented on December 9, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      I always find it perplexing when someone tries to take the moral high ground and speak out against these horrific things, only to advocate the death of the perpetrator with a truely disgusting zeal.

      She is a hateful excuse of a human being, but to wish her dead leaves you as morally bankrupt as she.

    • andy commented on January 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      well said B. Wayne

    • SUE GRIFFITHS commented on February 9, 2014 at 1:18 am

      There is nothing wrong with people who wish death or harm on others who take joy in hunting and ruthlessly killing animals. These animals whether big or small just want to live their lives in peace, as is their right. They want to search for food, rear their young, they certainly don’t want to offer themselves as a target for the enjoyment of jerks. Hunters and killers would do this world and the animals a great favour if they lost their lives. Who would miss them? But animals would be missed. Animals are an important part of the eco -system and are needed. Jerks are not.

  • Jeff Stewart commented on November 21, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Melissa Bachman and the numerous photographs of her smiling widely as she poses with the bodies of dead animals, is deeply disturbing. After doing a bit of research on her, I understand that she grew up with hunting, and hunted with her father. Possibly she is trying to impress or compete with daddy? At any rate
    I believe that her actions are indicative of a person with a diseased mind.

    • SUE GRIFFITHS commented on February 9, 2014 at 1:19 am


  • eddie commented on November 21, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    AMEN to that Donna Grayes….ENTIRELY agree with you……

  • Nicole commented on November 21, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    People have been hunting since day dot. For some the thrill of the hunt is what turns them on and for others they need to hunt to survive. The area that needs to be addressed isn’t so much “how can she keep on doing that?”, but should be more along the lines of “how is she(anyone) ALLOWED to do that?”

    She like all others hunters/poachers, will continue doing this because they are allowed to. Obviously she is desensitised to the horrific nature of her actions, but will continue to do so unless there are changes in laws. I’m not sure about what kind of law allows her to do this but If she’s not allowed to do this, then why isn’t she charged? The proof is there, causing grievous bodily harm to an innocent creature (bystander) resulting in the death of that mammal.

    It doesn’t need to be difficult. No poaching, no hunting. If you live off the land and can prove you need to hunt for your survival, you’re safe. But if you can afford to buy goods from a supermarket, and have no need to eat a wild animal, then guess what folks, no hunting for you. Work at an animal shelter and do something good with your life, than taking the lives of innocent creatures.

    • Marie commented on November 22, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      In what universe are poachers ‘allowed’ to do what they do? Do you have the faintest clue what you’re talking about? In Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa, ( and probably more countries) individual rhinos have thier own armed guards to protect them against poachers. The fact that you are comparing this woman, who has in fact contributed to conservation efforts through the (no doubt exorbitant) amount of money she had to pay, to the despicable creatures who butcher rhinos for the absurd idea that thier horns have medicinal value, just shows how little you know. Do some research and get behind a valid cause.

  • Marie commented on November 21, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Hunting, done legally, is an invaluable source of finance for wildlife conservation efforts in Africa that would otherwise fail. I’m not a fan of hunting for sport, but it plays an integral part of tourism. Ignorant foreigners need to get off thier high horses and learn the facts before denouncing something they know little about for the sake of naive sentimentality.

    • SUE GRIFFITHS commented on February 9, 2014 at 1:35 am

      Marie you talk a load of bullshit. Hunters in no way contribute to conservation. Tourists who travel for the kill are not worthy of being near these animals. What right do they have to go to countries that belong to wild animals and decimate them? Hunters repeatedly roll out the lie that they are conservationists and only kill the old, sick animals. Why then, when hunting lions do they kill the alpha males, who protect the females and cubs? It’s simply because they think the head of a male lion looks good on their wall, and gives them something to brag about to like minded morons.

  • Pamela Geier commented on November 21, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    She is loving every minute of this. Clearly just an ego and nothing more. Sparking such an outrage is another victory for her, as she has her face and name splashed around the internet and television even more.

  • sally anne clark commented on November 21, 2013 at 11:06 pm


  • sally anne clark commented on November 21, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    I have just watched the story of tilikum the whale
    i was so shocked by the story listening to ex trainers storys
    i hope that he is moved somewhere away from sea world and peta
    does something to help.

  • Jessica Lohmann commented on November 22, 2013 at 8:20 am

    I’ve just viewed Melissa’s pathetic twitter feed and have never been so disgusted in my life. But that doesn’t help those poor animals. I know there is a petition going around to stop her abuse that I’ve already signed: http://www.change.org/petitions/the-government-of-the-republic-of-south-africa-deny-future-entry-to-melissa-bachman, but is there a way to put her behind bars and feed her a vegan prison diet until she rots? That would be the only justice I can think of right now…

  • Maria commented on November 22, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Totally agree with Nicole, she is desensitised with killing an innocent
    Animal, we can bitch and moan as much as we want but things will not change
    Until the law does! Things have to change!!! We are running out of time!

  • Marie commented on November 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    South African law permits hunting, with valid licences, because without it a good 85% of wildlife reserves in the country would be forced to close due to lack of funding. Is that what you all want? If you did the tiniest bit of research, you would find out that Melissa Bachmann obtained the necessary licence and paid the requisite fee. The lion meat was donated to needy people in the area, and the money she spent was ploughed back into the game ranch. In hunting that lion she’s probably done more practical good for wildlife than any of you ever have or ever will.

    • Donna Graves commented on November 22, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      Marie, I could not DISAGREE with you more- you are clearly either misinformed, ignorant or a complete hypocrite! I say people like me, who have NEVER killed a lion, have done ” more practical good for wildlife” than someone who KILLS wildlife. I would bet that if that beautiful lion were still alive and could speak, he would agree with me too. By the way, I have done research, and if you have a brain and THINK about it, if people would simply stop killing wildlife- we wouldn’t even NEED wildlife reserves. Perhaps YOU should get off YOUR high horse ( if someone hasn’t paid to kill it already) and use your brain. You are defending hunting, and to me that puts you in the same class as those that are doing the evil deeds. ( waste of human skin) educate yourself, and stop being a hypocrite

    • Gina commented on November 27, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      I HAVE done research! & I have found out that 85% of people hunting in Africa’s kills ACTUALLY DON’T go to local needy families! That’s just something they want people like you to believe! People like this disgusting woman don’t do any good for wildlife. So, believe whatever you choose to believe, but this woman is a nutcase to people who actually CARE about animals!!

      • K griff commented on April 24, 2015 at 8:10 am

        Please show me where you got that 85% figure as that’s a figure you just plucked from thin air, it’s impossible to determine a figure on what meat goes to the locals as hunters do not fill out a form stating where the meat goes. I suggest like what I done is you spend 1 year on a game reserve and find out some facts for yourself and not believe some made up Internet number. Just out of curiosity what has anybody on here done for conservation efforts hunting creates diverse habitat that a broad range of wildlife benefits from, we help stop poaching, we plough millions into the rural economy. Your efforts would be better spent either helping us or concentrating on real animal welfare issues like neglect, abuse and cruelty to domesticated animals.

    • SUE GRIFFITHS commented on February 9, 2014 at 2:04 am

      Yet more bullshit from Marie. Start from the premise that the people issuing permits are corrupt, and not interested in keeping the animals alive, but are only interested in filling their pockets with $$$$$. If Marie did a tiniest bit of the research she is so fond of throwing in other people’s faces, she would learn that there are numerous wildlife organisations that truly contribute to the conservation of majestic animals who are after all in their own country. These organisations contribute to solving any problems without having to take a single life. What it comes down to is Melissa Bachman is an ugly person and character inside and out, and those who support her are ugly too. These are the scum this world can do without.

      • K griff commented on April 22, 2015 at 7:33 pm

        You people are so mis guided its a joke legal hunting is the only deterrent against the slaughter that will follow from economic colonisation of Africa. You can say all you like about how it’s not but I fear my children will only be able to see these magnificent creatures in books please please try to put sentiment aside for the sake of wildlife. I’ve been to Africa and spent a long time there meat from hunts is donated to locals fact. Hunting is the last barrier from poachers fact. Places like Africa are a mess and need joint help not just from the hunting community but even from people that disagree with hunting. If not then head my warning only the wildlife will suffer fact. I’ve seen things like thislay out before on several reserves that have stopped hunting they are a shadow of there former glory and the only abundance of anything is poachers snares.

  • LISA KEENAN commented on November 23, 2013 at 10:06 am


  • Candy commented on November 24, 2013 at 5:02 am

    This woman outrages me. You simply type her name into google images and hundreds of cruel and disgusting photos are diplayed of her revolting “hobby”

    • anti-peta commented on November 27, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      Then don’t pull up her images..your problem is solved

  • Pamela commented on November 25, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Standing ovation for Donna Graves!

    • Pamela commented on November 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Just to clarify… I don’t wish anyone death, that will make me as bad as the hunters… But people need to understand that these reservations would not be necessarily in the first place if it were not for glory seeking hunters!

  • Anton Potgieter commented on November 28, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Marie! What claptrap. Which world do you live in that thinks “needy people in the area” would eat lion flesh! You are clearly deranged.

    Canned hunting enterprises do not add one thing towards conservation in fact they threaten it.

    Would you like tourists people besides tax payers that are actualy funding conservation by visisting our parks to stop going to South Africa? because if conservation in South Africa gets the Bachman reputation thats what will happen. South Africa will simply become a large abbotoir clearing house. These killers are not the mainstay of tourism or conservation in South Africa they are the cancer.

  • mary commented on November 29, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Instead of, canned hunting, why don’t these “caring hunters !!!” just donate the money for animal conservation instead and STOP KILLING THE ANIMALS !!!!!

  • rita uljee commented on December 7, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    if only more people who have influence by showing there faces on t.v.could
    act in the same way as the few mentioned before.But it`s a start.

  • Helen Hildebrand commented on December 8, 2013 at 10:05 am


  • Galen commented on January 5, 2014 at 12:19 am

    “Sport” hunting is of course despicable and should be outlawed, but there are two much bigger problems…
    Uncontrolled human overpopulation is the worst. Anything short of outlawing having more than 1 to 2 children is a band-aid.
    Traditional Chinese medicine is the second worst. There are already laws against some of it. Proper education and stricter enforcement and penalties are badly needed.

  • June Lane commented on January 23, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    I so agree with everything Helen Hildebrand has written here in her comment I could not have worded this better myself, Melissa Bachman is indeed the Devils Spawn

  • MarkTard commented on January 23, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    who the fuck is melissa bachman?

    • SUE GRIFFITHS commented on February 9, 2014 at 2:14 am

      As Helen Hildebrand aptly says, She is just a mongrel bastard fit for the garbage heap. Well said Helen.

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