By: Jon Corrigan
People are upset with a New Zealand hunter after posting photos of his 8-year-old daughter eating the heart of her first kill.
WARNING: Some people may find the image below disturbing.
In the photos, posted to a woman hunters community page on Facebook, Johny writes, “Check out my little pink ninja princess Chloe (8) with her first deer … she took a bite from its warm quivering heart.”
The photos were shared almost 20,000 times, with many people calling Johny “sadistic” and a psychopath.
However, others have come to his defense, saying that biting the heart of your first kill is an old hunting ritual.
“Chloe has been coming hunting with me since she was eight months old on a front pack. This was her first deer. She has shot a goat, and been target shooting,” Johny told Buzzfeed News. “I’d quote the saying ‘lions do not care of the opinions of sheep’. She wanted to do it when she saw a picture of her uncle biting the heart of his first deer.”
“We’re not too serious about it, it’s something some hunters do with the first kill. I wouldn’t say [it is] ritualistic, but she is a hunter now.”
The NZ Woman Hunters Facebook page appears to have been shut down.