Pictured above is Maryellen Mara-Christian, a 48-year-old unemployed banking employee and her impressive hunting trophy: a 13 1/2-foot long, 1,025-pound alligator the Massachusetts native killed while hunting with her husband in South Carolina. Even more impressive than the size of the beast? How Mara-Christian put it down (via the AP report):
The .22-caliber gun they used wasn’t powerful enough to put the animal down, so Mara-Christian used a knife to sever the alligator’s spinal cord.
Bad. Ass. This woman is tougher than I will ever dream to be. Of course, not everyone is happy with the woman legally taking the animal.
Video and the vitriolic response by so-called animal lovers to the story follows.
Not surprisingly, everywhere this woman’s story was reported, animal lovers came out of the woodwork to condemn the fact she killed the alligator. A sampling, courtesy of the New York Daily News:
“This woman should be in jail, not on TV,” one commenter writes on Carolinaliveive.com, a South Carolina news channel website.
“This is trophy hunting at its worst,” writes another on Cbsnews.com.
“They tortured that alligator for hours. That’s just plain sick,” a commenter writes on Bostonherald.com.
Excellent. But perhaps the most well-reasoned and insightful condemnation I came across was on YouTube, eloquently put forth by one bananaficator:
We should drop a nuke on her house.. try to shoot that bitch!
Brilliant. Truly, there are few things more sensible than harshly criticizing what one believes to be a senseless act of violence than the threat of further senseless violence. Especially when said responsive act of violence is of the nuclear variety.