But the 12-year-old, who has a string of kills to her name, defiantly vowed never to give up shooting wild beasts and claimed that limited hunting like this is a conservation measure that stops the decline in big game numbers.
Aryanna shares the images of her and each dead creature on her Facebook page complete with captions bragging about the deaths, despite insisting she “loves” animals.
Her boasts about killing animals have led to a storm of criticism from around the world, with some branding her a “murderer”, “evil” and “disgusting”. She has even had death threats, which rather undermines the claim of animal lovers to respect all God’s creatures!
But Aryanna, who has been on several hunting trips with her dad, Eli, said: “I’m a hunter and no matter what people say to me I’m never going to stop.
“It’s something that I cherish and I enjoy and I want other people to see what I’ve been able to experience. I want other women and youth to get into the hunting experiences. It’s just awesome.
“We love animals too. It’s just, we also love hunting. I would never back down from hunting.”
Aryanna claimed the giraffe she killed in South Africa was an old bull and a “danger” to the rest of the herd and killing it will free up resources for other animals, ensuring “the species survives”.
The schoolgirl also pointed out that the kill, which is legal, would provide meat for orphanages and villages in the area.
But some other hunters joined in the criticism of Aryanna, from Cove, Utah, after her latest kill. One, Erica Hamon, told her: “This disgusts me. ‘Why’? Because being proud of a kill is one thing, but this is like a photoshoot and to me it’s not about killing for ‘sport’ and I don’t see a giraffe being something you should kill.
“There is a difference in killing a deer to feed your family and harvest the pelt and antlers than killing a giraffe and taking pictures of you holding its heart. That isn’t right at all.”