Facebook Ban Petition Launched Against US Cheerleader With A Habit For Hunting Endangered Animals
19 year old teenager Kendall Jones has caused public outrage after setting up a Facebook fan page showcasing pictures of her posing with a collection of recently shot endangered animals. Titled Kendall Takes Wild, the page currently has over 12,000 followers and has stirred up quite a controversy in the online sphere. As it stands, over 40,000 people have signed an online petition expressing disgust at Kendall Takes Wild and demanding Facebook take it down.
The 19 year old cheerleader/endangered animal hunter has caused internet outrage. Image via: Facebook kendalltakeswild
Originating from Cleburne, Texas, Jones has been hunting African big game since she was 13 and spends her spare time cheerleading for Texas Tech University. Her Facebook page has attracted a bizarre mix of hunting enthusiasts and conservation activists who are getting into heated debates over Jones’ controversial pictures.
Jones claims that she is helping conservation efforts.
“The vet drew blood, took DNA samples, took body and head measurements… I felt very lucky to be part of such a great program and procedure that helps the White Rhino population through conservation,” wrote Jones.
The online backlash is being felt across the globe, with a South African animal rights activist collecting over 1000 signatures calling for the South African government to ban the teenage huntress from entering the country and killing endangered animals.
While there has been a huge amount of negativity towards Jones’ hunting expeditions, some have been quick to come to her defence, Jace Bauserman of Grandviewoutdoors.com saying “ Aside from support from countless hunters, the Sportsman Channel will be airing a show in 2015 featuring Jones and her amazing hunting adventures. Stay tuned.”
The teen strikes a happy pose with one of her big game kills.
Jones herself appears to be relatively unfazed by the criticism, adopting a seemingly smug tone when she posted the following to her Facebook page:
“All the anti-hunters posting negative comments and sharing my photos on their page has helped me get over 600 likes in the past 48 hours.”
Just yesterday, Facebook confirmed that they had taken action on the public outrage, a representative stating “We remove reported content that promotes poaching of endangered species, the sale of animals for organized fight or content that includes extreme acts of animal abuse. Certain content, which some may find offensive, can be used to spread awareness and we welcome dialogue about animal abuse, hunting, and other animal rights issues.”
Despite the public outcry, Jones still has a TV show in the making.
Yet Pigman TV, the station producing Jones’ forthcoming TV show continues to stand behind the controversial teen, claiming that the hunts bring much needed money and employment to rural African areas as well as help conserve the endangered species for future generations.
“At this point, we are still on pace to air the content of Kendall’s hunts in early 2015. With regards to the death threats Kendall has received from various members of activist organizations, we would simply ask that these folks consider if threatening to murder a human being for 100% legal behavior makes you worthy of the freedom to express your love for animals. Although our ideologies may be differ from those making threats, we, as a family, still have a profound respect for human life and the law” said a representative from Pigman TV.
Facebook has since taken action and removed some of the offending images.
Thanks to BuzzFeed for covering the story.