Kendall Jones is getting the fame and attention she hoped for, but she is shocked at how negative that attention is. Death threats and verbal attacks just keep pouring into her facebook page.
19-year-old Kendall is a trophy hunter, just like her dad who introduced her to the sport when she was 14. Her facebook page HAD (they’re disappearing) photos of her on safari in Africa smiling over a shot-dead elephant, rhino, a male lion, a zebra, and there’s even one of her cheerfully holding up a leopard she’d just killed, like a floppy rag-doll.
People just hate her for it. They’re writhing at how she is using conservation of the animals as an “excuse,” and that she is just trying to land a role as a host on a T.V. show about game hunting.
Anti-Kendall petitions are now circulating online. Change.org has a petition originating from South Africa hoping to get her banned. At this point it has 119, 206 signees and rising.
“Kendall Jones is an American born hunter who has entered the continent and has been hunting African wildlife under the facade of conservation,” reads the petition.
“She has publicly stated that she hopes to have a television hunting show and she is using endangered and helpless African animals as a stepping to further her popularity on social media platforms.”
The hunting photos and proud boasts on Kendall’s facebook page are disappearing.
Another petition on Avaaz.org has jumped from around 40,000 signees to 270,000 in just two days. It implores Mark Zuckerberg to kick her off face book for promoting animal cruelty. The signatures are ticking over at about one every two seconds.
This news piece has pushed the issue even further into the spotlight.
One of thousands of people posting comments on her face book page asks: “How can anyone justify killing endangered species?”
Kendall’s cool response?
“Fortunately, they are not.
African Leopard―Near Threatened
White Rhino―Near Threatened
Cape Buffalo―Least Concern
Nile Crocodile―Least Concern”
Hunting is conservation?
The other side to this story is important too. The game-hunting organization, started in South Africa, uses the sport as a way to fund wildlife conservation, and have apparently done very well with it.
Hunters like Kendall have to pay as much as $50,000 to shoot the game like lions and elephants, and that money goes to protecting endangered animals. The meat is given to poor villagers to share.
“According to Dennis Ikanda, director of the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute’s Kingupira Research Centre, his country generated $75 million in lion hunting alone from 2008 to 2011,” Kendall posted on face book.
“Tanzania also has 15 photo-safari areas, which have been lauded as a non-consumptive alternative to traditional hunting tourism. Unfortunately, only four of the 15 photo-safari areas are financially viable. The remaining 11 are subsidized by hunter-generated funds. So without the financial resources provided by hunters to protect habitat and stop poachers, there would be no infrastructure for wildlife management”
See here for the photos of Kendall and her trophy animals that have been taken off face book.