Big game hunter who held a bloodied sex toy next to a sheep she killed faces criminal charges
Police in Scotland have confirmed that Larysa Switlyk has been reported for firearms offences along with a 41-year-old man who is also from the United States
A 33-year-old big-game hunter from Sarasota, Florida, Larysa Switlyk, who boasted of shooting and killing local animals while visiting a Scottish island is now reportedly facing criminal charges. Switlyk, "a world-renowned hunter", was accused of "trophy hunting" wild animals on the island of Islay, Scotland in September after she posed with several of her kills and posted the pictures on Instagram.
Police in Scotland have now confirmed that the hunter has been reported for firearms offences, along with a 41-year-old man, who is also from the United States, according to the Daily Mail.
Although hunting animals in season is not illegal in Scotland, Switlyk is facing a charge under Section 11a of the Firearms Act, which is linked to how one can use borrowed shotguns legally.
Switlyk, in November, had stirred controversy after she posted a picture of herself in Norfolk, posing next to a sheep she had just killed and holding a blood-smeared sex toy. Scotland police said that they had received multiple complaints about hunting in September and the Procurator Fiscal is now probing the incidents, according to the Daily Mail.
Switlyk, a television presenter, in one of her Instagram pictures can be seen dressed in camouflage gear and kneeling beside the corpse of a goat, while another image shows her posing "in sniper mode" and lying in grass while pointing a gun into the distance.
Reports state that her games also include stags and she had captioned one of her pictures with: "In awe of my Scottish Stag — can't wait to bring it back to the castle for the chefs to cook it up!"
The images she posted of the hunt sparked outrage in the country, with one Member of the Scottish Parliament warning that he would be looking into whether the hunts were organized by an official group or not. It is legal to hunt red stags between July 1 and October 20, given that the hunters use firearms and have a licence for their weapons and have the permission of the landowner.
A spokesperson for the Scottish government at the time had said: "We fully understand why so many people find these images of hunted animals being held up as trophies so upsetting. Responsible and appropriate culling of animals is a necessary part of sustainable land management and the culling of some wild animals, including deer and goats, is not illegal."
"However, we understand the concerns caused by these images and, in light of them, the Environment Secretary will review the situation and consider whether any clarification of or changes to the law might be required," the spokesperson added.