A teenage hunter from Cleburne, Texas has sparked outrage on Facebook after posting several photos of herself posing with animals she has hunted and killed in Africa.
Over 44,000 people have signed a petition asking Facebook to remove the Kendall Takes Wild Facebook page. The page includes photos of Jones posing with dead or tranquilized African animals (scroll down to view additional photos).
The petition reads:
“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 animals include a rhinoceros, lion, elephant, zebra, hippopotamus and several others.
Jones usually includes a short caption with each photo, like “Nothing like an African Sunset….and a little bow hunting!” and “Hunting in the Kalahari was such a great experience!”
Jones’ page has amassed over 16,000 likes. The comments on her posts include a mix between supporters and protesters.
Jones addressed the online criticism in a recent post, saying some animals were part of a “green hunt” and darted and immobilized in order to draw blood for testing and DNA profiling.
“The vet drew blood, took DNA samples, took body and head measurements… I felt very lucky to be part of such a great program and procedure that helps the White Rhino population through conservation,” she wrote.
A second petition, started by a South African citizen, has been signed by more than 3,000 people asking the government to ban Jones from the country.
Jones has not hidden from the controversy.
“All the anti-hunters posting negative comments and sharing my photos on their page has helped me get over 600 likes in the past 48 hours.”
“People try to say that lions will not attack a hippo, rhino or elephant, quite the contrary. Lions attack and kill the young of these species,” Jones wrote in a post. “Lions that have come in and taken over a pride, not only kick the older lion out, but will also kill all of his cubs so that the lioness will come into heat again. Controlling the male lion population is important within large fenced areas like these… 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.”