Pretty Texas cheerleader in spotlight for Southern African hunting spree

2014-07-02 09:35
Cape Town - Remember Melissa Bachman, the 'hardcore huntress' who made headlines last year after hunting endangered species?

Well, it seems like she's been replaced. 

Yup, a pretty blonde cheerleader from Texas is causing massive controversy around the world, as she's been splashing photographs of herself posing with animals she'd hunted and killed in Southern Africa - mostly Zimbabwe and South Africa - across social media. 

Daily Mail reports that nineteen-year-old Kendall Jones claims photos of dead elephants, lions and leopards, among other endangered species, on Facebook are a testament to her hunting skills and dedication to game preservation.

However, the world is not so quick to agree. 

The disturbing images have had conservationists, animal lovers and nature enthusiasts up in arms, so much so that an petition has been set up, asking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to remove her page. 

The petition has received more than 45 000 signatures so far and they're aiming to reach 50 000. 

Last year set up a similar petition asking the South African government to deny Bachman, presenter of US hunting show Winchester Deadly Passion future entry into the country after she went on an animal killing spree in the Maroi Conservancy in Limpopo.

It seems like Jones either missed all the uproar surrounding Bachman or she's just choosing to ignore it, as her Facebook page states that she has signed a development contract for a new series targeted to debut for 8 episodes during the first quarter of 2015 on the Sportsman Channel. 

In a recent photo on her Facebook page she is pictured posing with a dead leopard and the caption: "Me and my camera boys here in Zimbabwe! Josh, Kieran and Mack. Thanks for doing such a wonderful job and catching all the action on film." 

The photograph has since been removed and so have most of the others of her posing with animals she had shot and killed. 

The only photos that remain are of her posing with her rifle and a few of a rhino darting exercise she had been part of. 

While conservationists are doing all they can to stop Jones in her tracks, the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA) may be quick to point out the benefits of this sort of 'tourism.' 

Earlier this year they released a report stating that foreign trophy hunters spent R1.24bn in South Africa during 2012.

According to Adri Kitshoff, PHASA Chief Executive, the biggest benefit of trophy hunting is conservation, which may sound ironic to many.    

However, she explained that sustainable trophy hunting and private ownership of game has allowed wildlife to flourish, with private game reserves growing from four to about 10 000 in 50 years. Game headcount rose to 16-million from only 500 000 in the same period. 

Tell us what you think - should trophy hunting be banned all out in South Africa? Or does it have a place? Tell us in the comment section below or send us your thoughts to 

Come join our travel community! Like us on 
Facebook, follow us on Twitter, hang out with us on Google+, snap away on Instagram and share your inspiration on Pinterest.

Or subscribe to our newsletter
 for weekly updates on the latest NB travel news.  
Read more on:    travel  |  travel south africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

SHARE: publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside Travel


#FindYourEscape with Traveller24

Your insider guide to exploring South Africa and the world...
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.