A one-minute mini-documentary released to Youtube in March profiles a veterinary student who is also a hunter, and who says she kills animals to help them.
The video by 60 Second Docs Presents showcases veterinary student Elizabeth Gambel of Louisiana, who describes herself as 'a future veterinarian who hunts'.
In the profile, Gambel explains her lifestyle over footage of her eating meat, hunting, and training to be a veterinarian.
In one frame, the veterinary student says: "I feel so much for animals."
The video cuts to a shot of her eating meat which she describes as 'super good' just seconds later.
Gambel says: "A lot of people think since you’re killing animals, you're not really protecting animals."
The justification she provides for her hunting is 'keeping the ecosystem healthy' - and she compares killing animals to 'pruning an overgrown bush'.
While Gambel maintains that what she does is part of 'the cycle of life', many Facebook commenters disagree.
One commenter compared her situation to being 'a doctor who also happens to be a cannibal'.
Another wrote: "How can she claim that she 'loves animals' and that she 'heals animals' if she hunts them?"
However, not all commenters indicated a belief that violence toward animals conflicts with the idea of loving them.
A third Facebook user, whose profile picture shows him holding a gun, wrote: "I believe most if not all hunters are animal lovers."
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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