A 19 year-old Texas Tech cheerleader Kendall Jones has sparked massive outrage and anger by posting images of herself trophy hunting in Africa.
Jones has been trophy hunting since she was 13, her Facebok page features multiple photos of her with the endangered animals that she’s killed including lions, elephants, and rhino’s. Animal activists are understandably angered by the photos and have even started a petition to have them removed.
Kendall has defended her actions stating, “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. 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.”
A National Geographic study on trophy hunting actually backs up the hunter’s point, saying:
In the 23 African countries that allow sport hunting, 18,500 tourists pay over $200 million a year to hunt lions, leopards, elephants, warthogs, water buffalo, impala, and rhinos. Private hunting operations in these countries control more than 540,000 square miles of land … That’s 22 percent more land than is protected by national parks.
This is little comfort to those who think trophy hunting is nothing more than just killing the animal in order unlock the real life achievement of doing so. Some saying that it’s one thing to hunt for survival, and it’s another thing entirely to hunt for sport.
Jones has also stated that she doesn’t kill every animal she shoots. Some are tranquilized for scientific purposes. The teen reportedly will be traveling back to Africa with a camera crew in hopes that her captures will land her a reality show.
The petition for her Facebook page to be removed has garnered more than 170,000 signatures at the writing of this article.