Kendall Jones, cheerleader, and, as evidenced by photos that are now going viral – big game hunter. The 19-year-old teen has been placing animals in her gun’s crosshairs for some time, but she’s the one now under fire for Facebook pics and posts of herself proudly standing over slayed exotic animals.
Writes Today.com: “The 19-year-old has stirred up controversy with a number of photos posted to her public Facebook page, which she launched in February, in which she smiles and poses beside a series of dead exotic animals — from a lion to a hippo, elephant and more — that she's hunted over the years.”
As with all such stories, Jones has now become the poster child for animal activists, who have filed an online petition to Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg to “Remove the page of Kendall Jones that promotes animal cruelty!”
As of the writing of this article, over 133,000 have signed off. The author of the petition, “Neill A.” from the Philippines, writes:
For the sake of all animals, especially the animals in the African region... where hunters are going for fun just to kill an animal! Some people have been reporting the pages lately but it seems Facebook is not concerned about what Kendall Jones is promoting in her page.
The Texas Tech University Cheerleader is defending her actions.
The Huffington Post picks up the story:
Jones argues her activities benefit conservation and help support the communities she's hunting in. For instance, a photo of Jones posing next to an incapacitated white rhino explains she'd helped tranquilize the animal so it could be microchipped and receive veterinary attention.
In another photo, Jones stands on the carcass of a dead elephant, surrounded by people who, she says, constitute “part of the village that showed up to take a little protein home.”
According to her Facebook page, Jones is looking to host a television show in January 2015.
What are your thoughts on this trophy hunter? Many hunters abide by the “eat what you shoot” mantra or only hunt overpopulated animals. Others, perhaps like Jones, appear to be in it for the thrill of the hunt and taking down big game. Where do you fall? Sound off below.