Scotland Laws May Change Due to US Trophy Hunter’s Disturbing Photos

“Such a fun hunt!!” Larysa Switlyk, an American trophy hunter and TV show host, wrote regarding a photo she posted on Instagram and Twitter last month.

“Fun?” In the photo, taken on the island of Islay in Scotland, Switlyk is smiling beside a dead wild goat. “They live on the edge of the cliffs of the island and know how to hide well. We hunted hard for a big one for 2 days and finally got on this group.”

Switlyk also posted photos of four dead stags and a curly-horned sheep. These disturbing images have sparked outrage in Scotland and around the world.

Hunting deer and goats is currently legal in Scotland and is a “necessary part of sustainable land management,” according to Roseanna Cunningham, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform. But those laws may be changing because of these ugly Americans.

“We fully understand why so many people find these images of hunted animals being held up as trophies so upsetting,” Cunningham wrote on Twiiter.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon agreed, tweeting that the government will “review the current situation and consider whether changes to the law are required.”

Michael Russell, the local Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), told BBC Scotland the photos were “horrific” and wanted goat hunting on the island stopped immediately. He said “to see people in camouflage with highly powered sniper rifles rejoicing at the killing of a goat, let alone a ram, is simply unacceptable.”

Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell told the government to “make it known that bloodsport participants are unwelcome to visit Scotland for the barbaric practice,” BBC Scotland reports.

Tourists in Scotland can get permission to hunt from sporting providers or by being given access to private land. The so-called “country sports” industry brings in almost $200 million annually, Country Sport Scotland, which manages hunting tourism companies, told ABC News.

As for Switlyk, she responded to the backlash by posting that she was going on another two-week hunting trip and staying off social media. “Hopefully that will give enough time for all the ignorant people out there sending me death threats to get educated on hunting and conservation,” she wrote.

Oh, please. Killing animals for kicks and then gloating beside their carcasses for photo opportunities has little to do with conservation, no matter what Switlyk and other trophy hunters like to claim.

The League Against Cruel Sports, a UK nonprofit founded in 1924, published the report “The Myth of Trophy Hunting as Conservation“ in 2004, exposing the truth about how this “sport” actually does little to help animal populations.

“The League believes this multi-million pound international industry is utterly unjustifiable from an animal welfare point of view but also for conservation reasons as it is pushing some of the world’s most threatened species toward extinction,” it states on its website.

The director of the League, Robbie Marsland, sent a statement to ABC News in response to Switlyk’s killing spree.

“Islay is such a beautiful part of Scotland and the wildlife are a huge part of this beauty, so for visitors to come to Scotland and glorify the hunting and killing of wild goats is abhorrent,” he wrote.

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Photo credit: @LSwitlyk/Twitter

183 comments

John W
John W8 days ago

TYFST

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Mark Donner
Mark Donnerabout a month ago

Scott Sharp: Then the conclusion made is you should kill yourself you are worthless not only to humanity but the entire Earth. If you have any guts to do that in your cowardly brain. Humanity has far too many like you.

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Mark Donner
Mark Donnerabout a month ago

This bitch is a psycho. Serial killer material, she's a threat to animals and children. The Scots should shoot her on sight.

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joan silaco
joan silacoabout a month ago

People don't care if it's legal.....we don't like it! The flaunting and bragging rights is unsportsmanlike!

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Phyl Morello
Past Member about a month ago

THERE MUST BE LAWS WORLD WIDE TO PROTECT ANIMALS FROM RUTHLESS HUNTING/KILLING. THIS IS A RICH PERSON'S BLOOD SPORT...IT MUST END...WE MUST DEMAND IT! PLEASE.

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K R
K Rabout a month ago

It is a good thing Scotland is taking immediate actions. The Money and the TV power behind 'Trophy Hunting' has to be resisted at every instance of its happening by all countries.

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Ruth S
Ruth Sabout a month ago

Thanks.

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Ruth S
Ruth Sabout a month ago

Thanks.

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Leanne K
Leanne Kabout a month ago

I really hate her smiling face. I hope she slips and shoots herself dead. That will be her one good deed for her entire life

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Berenice Guedes d
Berenice Guedesabout a month ago

She must be so awful!!!! This is unnaceptable!

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