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The ever-classy Piers Morgan to 12-year-old hunter: ‘What if I killed your pet cat?’ Dad wasn’t amused…

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12-year-old trophy hunter Aryanna Gourdin probably knew what she was getting into when she appeared along with her father on “Good Morning Britain” with co-host Piers Morgan Monday morning. After all, they both wore “Stand up to anti-hunter bullying T-shirts.”

And that’s exactly what they did.

The Utah pre-teen was invited to the show after she ignited a firestorm of controversy by posting pictures on her Facebook page of several large animals she killed on an African safari, including a zebra, wildebeest and giraffe.

After Morgan obviously agitated Gourdin by asking, “How would you feel if I came to your house one day, and I hunted down your pet cat, and I killed it and I then posted pictures of me celebrating the slaughter of your pet cat?” her father stepped in and accused the co-host of asking a “trick question” because none of the animals killed were anyone’s pets.

When Morgan insisted that his question was a legitimate one because Gourdin used her Facebook page to post pictures of her kills as well as her pet cat, Gourdin hit back hard:

“I’m not allowed to have pets because I hunt?” she asked.

Morgan doubled down by asking if Gourdin would “like” if he killed her cat and “celebrated” the killing, to which her father again insisted that neither he nor his daughter would “kill somebody’s pet.” He also called the line of questioning “derogatory.”

Despite Morgan’s odd line of questioning, Gourdin and her father were able to get in several great points, including the “upsetting” fact that some people seem to value animal lives over people, the giraffe they killed was actually a “problem” animal that was “eating up valuable resources other giraffes need to survive,” and the meat from the giraffe they shot will actually go to feed 800 local orphans.

Since posting her kills on Facebook, Gourdin has been called “murderer” and has received death threats, but she said, “I try to ignore most of the comments I get but I do read some by accident. I just try to not let them get to me. It won’t stop me from hunting. I will always hunt. It’s something that thousands of people do and it’s never going to stop.”

Watch a portion of the interview below:

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Scott Morefield

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