She added the kill “created work for 11 people that day”, and “a lot of meat for the locals”.
She also wrote, “If hunting is banned, animals will become worthless and will disappear. Hunting has helped bring back a lot of species from the brink of extinction.
“The only people protecting these animals are trophy hunters.”
Animal rights groups refute her claim that hunting helped save threatened species with Born Free Foundation tellingThe Mirror: “Trophy hunters’ claims they are concerned about wildlife conservation are highly misleading. Trophy hunting is not a conservation tool, nor does it contribute significant funds to local communities.”
Van Der Merwe said she shared the pictures of her hunt online to taunt activists whom she referred to as “mafia” she had no respect for.
She plans on using the animal’s skin as a rug, telling The Mirror: “I’d waited years for my own perfect bull – the older a bull gets the darker he gets.
“I love the skin and the fact it’s such an iconic animal for Africa.”
However, The Sun reports that an online petition has since been launched which is aiming to have Van Der Merwe permanently banned from Facebook for sharing such disturbing images. The petition has already been signed by more than 30,000 people and says, “Why does Facebook, a supposed site with family values, allow this? Instead, they should do the decent thing: Ban her.”