Petition threatens to remove young hunter from the internet

By Mieke Vlok
02 July 2014

Kendall Jones, a 19-year-old American big-game hunter, has come under fire for posting pictures on social media showing off the wild animals she’s shot.

Animal rights activists have labeled Kendall, a student and cheerleader at the Texas Tech University in America, as a monster. Her supporters say her hobby is legal and that trophy hunting helps with the conservation of threatened species.

The storm broke after Kendall created a public page on Facebook showing photographs of zebras, lions, hippopotamuses, leopards and elephants, among other animals, she’d shot. The photographs show a smiling Kendall posing beside the animals.

PHOTO: Facebook PHOTO: Facebook

A petition has been launched demanding that her page be removed from Facebook because it encourages animal abuse. In one week the petition has been signed by 40 000 people.

A second petition has been launched in South Africa demanding that Kendall be banned from hunting big game in Africa.

PHOTO: Facebook PHOTO: Facebook

She wrote on her Facebook page that she would like to present her own hunting programme on TV in 2015. The petition says she’s using defenceless, threatened African animals to promote her own popularity.

Sources: Daily Mail, International Business Times, Huffington Post

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