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A Kiwi mum who takes her kids animal hunting and posts pictures of her kills online says she has received death threats over the divisive hobby from strangers online.
Otago locals Lucy Jaine began hunting after meeting husband Sharn and, together with their three children, head off to the mountains or bush eight times a month.
She said her kids, aged seven, four and five-months-old, loved the adventure, and claimed it was more sustainable for her family to catch its own meat rather than support factory farming.
“They gain an understanding that the animal has had a good life and we honour the animal by utilising it to feed us,” she told the New Zealand Herald.
“We explain the process and they ask questions. It’s better for Mother Nature and it’s better for our tummies,” she adds.
“Buying meat pumped full of hormones is a horrible idea and you just know the animal has suffered.”
But her family’s way of life doesn’t sit well with everyone and the 29-year-old has endured a string of hateful comments online, together with threats on her life.
One message was from a person hoping her life was “cut short”.
“You are disgusted by people like you the world is as it is hoputally (sic) and something they will cut your head or hunt you to kill you but first make you suffer as much as they can,” one person told her in an awkwardly laid out message via Instagram, where the mum posts regularly about their trips.
“You stupid b***h, killing innocent animals, stop doing that s*** b****,” another one read.
But Mrs Jaine said she doesn’t sweat on the “vicious” messages from people she’s never met and likely never will.
“I don’t really wish for people to understand. Their ignorance is not my burden to bear,” she said.
“It’s not wise to make judgment on something you are not educated about. But everyone is entitled to their own opinions and I’m strong enough not to let it affect me.”