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Melania Capitan allegedly commits suicide after threats from animal rights activists

Female hunter and blogger Melania Capitan, from Catalonia, Spain, has committed suicide after being allegedly threatened online by animal rights activists. In the hunting world, Capitan was considered something of a star, with tens of thousands of views on her Facebook blog where she would regularly post pictures of her latest hunting exploits, along with explanations about her most trusted hunting methods.

The 27-year-old Melania Capitan had spent the past three years living in Huesca and while she regularly wrote about her day-to-day life, it appeared that the one thing she enjoyed more than anything else was her role in life as a female hunter. This did not sit well with animal rights activists who grew angry over the many photographs of trophy animals that she had killed and the growing controversy over the deaths of these animals meant that she was allegedly the target of threats from different individuals.

It was the hunting magazine Jara y Sedal that reportedly broke the news of Melania Capitan’s death and the female hunter is alleged to have left behind a suicide note which she wrote to her family and friends, according to the Independent. A friend of Melania’s noted that the hunter took her life for very personal reasons.

After Melania Capitan’s death, some left angry comments about the female hunter on her personal Facebook page and blog, venting their fury at what she had done to so many animals, as the Daily Mailreported.

The contents of Melania Capitan’s suicide note are unknown, but comments on social media continue to pour in over the death of the female hunter from Spain.

With all the death threats, this should not be seen as a suicide until an extensive investigation is completed. 



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Melania Capitan's death prompts push for change in trolling law

A female hunter who reportedly took her own life called a friend shortly beforehand to tell her what was she was about to do.

The circumstances surrounding Melania Capitan's death has sparked sensational theories after reports claim she was subject to intense online trolling by animal rights activists, with calls for the law to be changed to include online bullying as a "hate crime".

Capitan frequently posted images of her prize kills, mostly deer, on Instagram, but she was found dead last Wednesday.

Now, the president of the Spanish Federation of Hunting has filed a criminal complaint at the country's Public Prosecutor's Office against "animal terrorism", citing "attacks from animalists" for Capitan's "sad death".

The complaint went on to say that personal liberties such as hunting are a right in Spain, and those targeting Capitan have been violating these rights.

The 27-year-old's body was discovered at around 7pm alongside a suicide note at her home, a farm in Huesca in the northeast of Spain.

"We did not expect this, it's like a horror movie," a friend told El Mundo.

It is believed Capitan called her friend "to tell her she was going to do it and say goodbye".

"I knew her for years. She was an extraordinary person. It is inexplicable what happened," the friend said.

The contents of the suicide note have not been revealed publicly.

In the week leading up to her death, Capitan posted images from her best friend's wedding celebration. All smiles, no one could expect what would happen next.

Her provocative images of her hunting expeditions prompted backlash by those against hunting and she was reportedly flooded with messages of threats. According to one report, she even received notes on her car threatening her life.

She consistently defended her hunting online and promoted the game towards women and the young.

"Hunting is like love, like eating or sleeping, something necessary," she wrote.

"I cannot find an explanation why you call us murderers. If you want to eat leeks or celery, do it. If we want to eat game, we do. Let us act in our own way because in this country, at the moment, this activity is legal."

Last year Capitan went public with the amount of online threats she was receiving, claiming she had received more than 3000 "offensive comments".

But her case was dropped because "it was not easy to determine the authorship of the comments," according to her lawyer, Santiago Ballesteros.

Since her death, Ballesteros has called for a change in the law to include trolling as a hate crime.

Just two months ago she spoke up again with the Heraldo de Aragón, discussing the "seriousness" of the issue.

"Even though I have been receiving attacks since 2015, now the situation has become unsustainable," she said.

The report cited comments including: "We're going to shut you up with a bullet in the forehead" and "I hope someone gives you a beating that leaves you four months in a coma".

Even after her death, her Facebook page was flooded with comments praising her death.

"You have done a favour to humanity! Bye Bye," one wrote.

"Ciao Mel! You made a favour to nature," said another.

"Who is hunting now in hell," it goes on.

But those close to the hunter say she died due to "personal problems, not for the insults received".

"It is a lie that she committed suicide because of the threats, because she was a very brave woman, very strong, a fighter," the friend said.

The friend added those who have been bullying her online should be "punished".

This is not "trolling."  Trolling is different.

Threats like these are terrorism.

So-called hate crimes are a myth.   A crime is a crime.

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