A Texas teen has sparked outrage on social media after she posted pictures of her posing with the bodies of African animals that she hunted.
19-year-old Kendall Jones staunchly defends her hunting expeditions and continues to post pictures of herself posing with the bodies of lions, hippos, zebras, cheetahs and rhinos, to name a few.
“Everyone that doesn’t think people eat elephant, this is only part of the village that showed up to take a little protein home,” Jones said of a picture of her with a dead elephant.
“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. “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.”
People all over social media have expressed outrage over the teen’s seemingly blasé attitude in the photos with hunted animals.
“How could anyone take the life of such a beautiful animal and SMILE??” one user commented on the photo of Jones holding up the head of a hunted lion. “I just don’t get it, it’s sick!”
“I’m a hunter and proud of that. That being said I eat what I shoot and only hunt overpopulated animals that other wise would starve or get diseased,” another user wrote.
“Trophy hunting majestic and rare animals so you can get paid by the people who sponsor you is sick,” another person said.
Still, despite the criticism, Jones stands behind her actions, saying that she does not always kill the animals but rather tranquilizes them to be used for specific purposes.
“I darted a white rhino and the Vet drew blood samples, DNA profile, cleaned out and medicated a leg wound and gave several shots of antibiotics,” Kendall wrote of one expedition. “The Rhino woke up great and will now be a part of a DNA databank fighting against anti-poaching.”
Now, a petition has been launched asking Facebook to remove photos that the teen has posted, and so far, it has garnered over 43,000 signatures.
Reports claim that Jones is traveling in Africa with a camera crew and hopes that what her captures will help her land her own TV show next year.