Nothing is more stunning than an wild animal in its natural habitat - bold, majestic, proud. Few of us ever get the chance to see this gift of nature.
It doesn’t have to be wildebeest sweeping over the Serengeti or a humpback whale hurling itself into the air. A dormouse or weasel darting into a hedge can do it for me.
I feel privileged to share the planet with God’s/ nature’s (whoever you want to believe in) most beautiful creations.
We are lucky, truly lucky to share the world with beautiful and precious animals despite their dwindling numbers due to the unstoppable surge in human population.
It is normal, I would assume, to want to protect, preserve, respect and revere these astonishing creatures.
Most people, at least many, share this sentiment - I would hope.
But not all. This week, thanks to comedian Ricky Gervais, we were introduced to Rebecca Francis (Ricky you have catapulted in my estimation).
Remember that name - Rebecca Francis. You may be hearing a bit more about her in the coming weeks.
Rebecca Francis. She is the flaw in my theory that deep down most humans are good, gentle and nurturing beings.
She is the opposite.
Thousands of people this week grimaced at images of her posing next to a slaughtered giraffe, blood-smeared and complete with proud grin and crossbow in hand.
This woman apparently believes animals serve one purpose - to satisfy her violent lust for blood and inflicting death on living things.
The picture sent a shockwave of outrage across the internet - her beaming face posing joyously beside her crumpled trophy. All smiles for the camera.
She came in for a barrage of criticism when this image leaked, but defends her actions saying the beast “was old anyway” and in dismembering it to make jewellery for the locals she delivered to it “a noble death”.
She has bemoaned the furious outcry when further pictures circulated on the internet of her mauling the bloodied corpse of a lion. Then a part-butchered stag and brown bear.
She insisted she “wants to live life to the full” and that killing animals makes her happy - her actions are after all “100 per cent legal” she whines.
Not if I had my way Miss Francis - your actions would be absolutely illegal in every single statute across the world.
Your twisted arrogance and self-centred excuses astonish me and, it would appear, the rest of the world.
But more on that later.
Miss Francis states she has “dreamt” of hunting - killing animals for fun - since she was a child.
The “extreme huntress” claims she is “living life to the full with no regrets” and insists she is entitled to her bloodied rampages.
She kills not for food, or because she feels in danger, but simply for pleasure - “I don’t want to miss out on some irreplaceable memories,” she says.
With my stomach semi-churned I decided to do more research on this woman. I didn’t have to look far, she has a website displaying a gallery of kills from around the world.
She has maimed and slaughtered her way through through the plains of Africa, Alaska, New Zealand and across north America.
A quick look at the site will leave you in no doubt she is a dab hand with a crossbow and arrow - crimson-splattered zebras, rams, bears, moose - you name it, she’s killed it.
They are all laid out in grotesque glory, the self-styled star of the show never far away, grinning and smirking.
If you were in any doubt of her fearlessness, a snap of her dragging up the jaws of a lion to expose its teeth would prove you wrong.
There is a selection of videos too. With coiffured, bleached-blonde hair and painted face Miss Francis shows us just how far she can sink to satisfy her gratuitous desire for violence.
‘High flying mountain goat’ shows her perched on a mountain ridge taking aim at an unwitting target below.
After firing the shot the animal stumbles and staggers in view of the camera before dragging itself a few feet and tumbling to the ground.
“What a shot” she exclaims, beaming with pride, before ‘high fiving’ her equally stupid-looking companion.
In another clip she rubs her hands gleefully as she points to a white-tail deer in a field saying “thjs is going to be so much fun… there is a beautiful buck chasing some does”.
You got one thing right Miss Francis, it was a beautiful deer, before you got your bloodthirsty hands on it.
I struggle to comprehend what exists inside this woman’s head - a mind darker and far more wicked than any I have ever come across. It gets even more revolting.
After bears, deer, boar and goats stop satisfying her depraved impulses she decides it is time to move onto bigger and better things.
Claiming the African plains as hers, and with no regard for preservation, conservation or moral standards, she systematically culls her way through a terrain of majestic creatures.
“There is only one place an arrow can penetrate a giraffe’s vital organs,” she states lumbering towards a giraffe, “right between the shoulder blades.”
The video shows blood spilling down the creature’s chest as she boasts “I put the arrow exactly where it needed to be.”
Unfortunately for you sweetheart there are thousands of people emerging who are not afraid to say they disagree with you on that one.
“It didn’t take him long to go down,” she brags.
I am not surprised you stupid, stupid woman, you have just fired a 12 inch rod of steel through its heart.
“It was so exciting,” she goes on, rushing up for her close up.
“One of things that they do with this beautiful tail is that they make jewellery,” she concludes, “that’s fantastic, this ought to feed a lot of people.”
This exposes part of Miss Francis’s problem. She inhabits the very sad human-centred world which believes the entire world, nature, animals, plants, the environment and every single thing in it is secondary to the wants and desires of selfish and egotistical people like herself.
She believes everything and anything is fair game and as long asthere is a human gain in the end, it is justified.
It is not justified, my dear, and I fear you are only at the beginning of a very ugly backlash to your filthy practices being aired..
Mother-of-eight Miss Francis reacted with horror at the public outcry to her activities.
I’m within my rights, I have children, I’m being threatened etc etc.
Let me explain. You have propelled yourself to a new lofty height - that of the human face of cruelty, in all its glorious ugliness. You now have quite an audience, let’s hope their not quite as ugly as you.
I shall never understand people like Rebecca Francis. People who simply out of pleasure or to satisfy some perverse craving in themselves, snuff the life of another living creature and then sleep at night.
But I thank God for that because I could not live with myself if it was me. She is now recognised as one of the most wicked, twisted and self-centred humans on the planet.
Mr Gervais, you asked her: "What must've happened to you in your life to make you want to kill a beautiful animal and then lie next to it smiling?”
I don’t think you’ll find the answer. In any case I am not really interested.
Nothing, but nothing excuses this vile behaviour. I condemn violence in every shape and form including the threats against her, however, I believe heavily in karma.
Remember that word Rebecca Francis, karma, because if there is any justice in this world it will one day become your reality.