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Shannon Lansdowne (r), has won the Extreme Huntress TV contest, following after Rebecca Francis (l)
Shannon Lansdowne battled against five other finalist female hunters from around the world to win the controversial prize which saw a previous winner of Extreme Huntress receive death threats.
And animal rights campaigners have branded all competitors “sadistic” and “unhinged” as they show off their kills by posting pictures of them posing with animals they have killed, including endangered and wild animals such as lions, giraffe, zebra and giant moose.
I’m just carryin’ on an old family tradition
Blonde-haired Shannon, from Nanoose Bay, British Columbia in Canada, calls herself a conservationist and a “mentor to our next generation of hunters and guides”.
And in Shannon’s Instagram profile, she says: “I’m just carryin’ on an old family tradition.”
Shannon Lansdowne celebrated her win on Saturday night with her fellow finalists
Former finalist Lorraine Lawrence with a lioness she killed
She celebrated on Saturday night after winning the controversial show following nine-months of going head to head with 19 other women which was whittled down to six through online voting.
Producers said the voting is “not meant to be a popularity contest”, but an “opportunity to bring more attention and public awareness to women and hunting”.
The Extreme Huntress Facebook page says: “It’s all about preserving our outdoor heritage.
“If mom [sic] goes hunting so will her children.”
All competitors admitted feeling anxious about public perception when the competition launched in May, but remained defiant throughout in their “right” to kill animals.
Huntress Jen ‘The Archer’ Cordaro missed on the top prize
Shannon follows in the contentious footsteps of Rebecca Francis, who won Extreme Huntress in 2010, and has been repeatedly criticised by British comedian and animal lover, Ricky Gervais, after she posted a photo online of her happily lying alongside a majestic giraffe she had just killed.
Angry animal rights activists hit out against Ms Francis, even sending her death threats, but she refused to accept she had done anything wrong.
Thousands of people signed a petition in a bid to stop the PhD student but she said her and other competitors see hunting as a way of managing animals.
Rebecca Francis: Fury over the woman huntress
Wed, July 29, 2015
Huntress Rebecca Francis caused outrage across the globe when she posted pictures of her smiling next to a Giraffe she had just killed.
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Huntress Rebecca Francis with Bighorn Sheep horns in North America
Jen ‘the Archer’ Cordaro, who narrowly missed out on the 2016 Extreme Huntress title, told Express.co.uk: “Threats on someone’s life is never acceptable.
“If anything, it makes me want to keep fighting the good fight.”
She sympathised with the abuse Ms Francis is attracting, adding she too would kill endangered and wild animals including zebras, lions or giraffes.
She said: “If the need was there for culling or management, absolutely.
“There are management reasons to hunt all types of animals, including endangered animals or animals that humans put at the top of their cute and fuzzy hierarchy.”
Former South African contestant Tanya Chegwidden with a zebra she just killed
But she was accused of “perpetuating violence” by charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Associate director, Elissa Allen, said: “It has been a long time since humans truly needed to hunt in order to survive – today, people who get their kicks from hunting and killing defenceless animals are either sadists or suffering from a psychological break.
“Common decency says that we should protect the most vulnerable and helpless in society, not destroy them – much less derive “pleasure” from doing so.
“When cruelty is glorified and portrayed as a ‘hobby’, it debases society and perpetuates violence.
“Hunting of any kind has no place in modern society, and it should have ended years ago, along with cockfighting, bear-baiting and dogfighting.”
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