Animal Rights Activists Start Petition to Have Texas Hunter Removed from Facebook
Kendall Jones is a 19-year-old cheerleader from Texas Tech University and not very popular with animal rights activists across the globe. They are outraged at some hunting photos the teenager has posted on Facebook.
Kendall recently posted pictures of her posing alongside all sorts of African game she shot and killed -- including lions, hippos, elephants and leopards -- to her Facebook page.
A caption reads: "I am from the great state of Texas pursuing my adventures in hunting."
An online petition was created hoping to get Facebook to remove Kendall’s page, claiming it promotes animal cruelty. The petition had more than 121,000 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon.
Kendall, a sophomore at Texas Tech studying marketing and sports therapy, stated that "controlling the male lion population is important within large fenced areas like this." She also told her haters that the meat from the elephant she killed was used to feed nearby villagers and has posted video of the excited villagers receiving the meat.
Being from the Sportsman’s Paradise, the great state of Louisiana, I am an avid hunter. I have no problem with what Kendall is doing. She is not just killing the animals to kill them. The meat from the animals is going to feed the local villagers and they are grateful to receive it.
The Cleburne, Texas native explained her passion for hunting.
"As a child, I would go with my dad on all his hunting adventures watching him on our ranch, as well as traveling to Africa to see him take his Big 5," she said. "I took my first trip to Zimbabwe in Africa with my family in 2004 (age 9) and watched my dad bring many animals home."
Kendall said she returned to Africa when she was 13 and started her own Big 5 experience. The first animal she ever shot was a white rhino.
In response to the petition and all of the Internet hate that came with it, another Facebook page called Support Kendall was launched. It had more than 78,000 likes when this post was published.
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