Kendall Jones (pictured above, below and all over, really) is a 19-year-old student and cheerleader at Texas Tech University. But that isn’t all she is. Jones is a hunter. She has been hunting animals her entire life. Not just like squirrels and shit, either. Much akin to you on a saturday night at last-call, Jones hunts BIG GAME. Unlike you (because WOOF), Jones is posting photos of her BIG GAME conquests (lions, tigers, hippos, zebras, etc.) from her hunting trips to South Africa all over Facebook.
And, boy oh boy, devote animal lovers are furious about it. They’re taking action, too, by commenting on her Facebook page saying things like, “You are absolute scum. I hope a gorgeous African animal takes it’s own revenge on you one day for all the beautiful souls you have shot” and doing what people who are furious about shit online always do: PETITION. At time of publish, whoever started the Facebook petition was just shy of their goal of 50,000 signatures on this petition to Mark Zuckerberg to remove Jones’ photos from Facebook.
According to the Daily Mail:
Jones, whose Facebook indicates she ‘is looking to host a TV show in January 2015,’ maintains she is doing what’s best for the preserves, where there isn’t always space for even threatened species like elephants or lions.
‘Controlling the male lion population is important within large fenced areas like these,’ Jones writes. ‘Funds from a hunt like this goes partially to the government for permits but also to the farm owner as an incentive to keep and raise lions on their property.’
One particular photo, in which she’s posing alongside a an extremely endangered rhinoceros, has her critics especially steaming, but the Texas Tech cheerleader says it was alive and well.
‘The vet drew blood, took DNA samples, took body and head measurements, treated a leg injury and administered antibiotics. I felt very lucky to be part of such a great program and procedure that helps the White Rhino population through conservation,’ she wrote.
Although Jones is playing the “I’m the Bob Barker of Africa” card, just hunting to help control the population, a lot of people aren’t buying it. A second petition on Change.org, created by a citizen of South Africa, is calling for the country to ban Jones stating that, “She has publicly stated that she hopes to have a television hunting show and she is using endangered and helpless African animals as a stepping to further her popularity on social media platforms.”
Jones, however, is not without her supporters. Several people on Facebook have backed her reasoning and think what she’s doing is genuine. One commenter says, “At first, I will admit, this page shocked and horrified me. Until I actually took a second to read the captions on the photos and did a really quick google search. Although the manner in which you are posing with some of the animals can be seen as a bit insensitive, the conservation effort makes sense. Keep up with the responsible hunting. Power to ya girl!”
More photos from Jones’ hunts below. WARNING: KIND OF GRAPHIC.
[Images via Kendall Jones Facebook]