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Teen's big-game hunting photos spark outrage

Teen's Big-Game Hunting Sparks Outrage

One Texas teen's hobby is stirring up controversy among animal rights activists by posing with big game she killed in Africa. Here's how KHOU introduced to her: "So 19-year-old Kendall Jones is a cheerleader at Texas Tech and an avid hunter. She's posted a lot of pictures on her Facebook page of the big game she has killed in Africa - everything from lions to elephants."

But it doesn't look like Jones has earned herself many fans on Facebook. The first two comments featured when we went to take a look read, "You are contributing to the extinction of beautiful animals," and from another user, "I think we should dress you and your crew up like the animals you've killed and will use are (sic) guns to hunt ya'll."

She says her interest in hunting began when she watched her father shoot his so-called "Big 5."

The "Big 5" are five African animals, according to SouthAfrica.net: the lion, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopard were all commonly hunted by professionals in the 19th and 20th centuries. They quickly became known as "the most dangerous animals to hunt on foot."

To her critics, Jones says hunters are conservationists in that they put value on the animals, which gives local populations an incentive to work with and maintain the animals.

Still, her critics have gone to online petitions to protest. One on Avaaz.org has more than 50,000 signatures. It asks Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to remove Jones' page on the grounds that it "promotes animal cruelty."

In looking around at the reaction in media coverage, we were struck by how much many focused on the fact Jones is a cheerleader -- as if that were particularly relevant to the story.

But perhaps the thinking is the tidbit helps sell a narrative. The New York Daily News' first line read: "Pretty in pink. Deadly in camo."

Jones says as of January 2014, she has signed a development contract with a producer for an eight-episode show to premiere on the Sportsman Channel in early 2015.

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Linda July 02 2014 at 6:01 AM

My grandparents hunted deer and such for meat...to keep them alive. They wasted nothing of what they brought back. This bs of hunting big game for the heck of it makes me SICK! I AM NOT IMPRESSED! To kill elephants and lions and tigers for a big kill and photo sickens me. Unless you are gonna eat the animal STOP killing them for the thrill of it!!!!! An old neighbor of mine growing up married one of these types and I saw pics of her with her hubby sitting next to a dead elephant..made me sick to see it. And how they can smile while sitting next to a dead creature as magnificant as an elephant or tiger is beyond me. Sick. Hunting to feed yourself is one thing..otherwise I do not like this kinda hunting. Seems a pity to kill animals for a picture of yourself with the dead creature! Ugh.

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BOB July 02 2014 at 5:59 AM

I say shut down facebook period . Its only enabling the " ME" generation to become more self centered and dramatic

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jnglrotkid July 02 2014 at 6:11 AM

Do a little research on big game hunting in Africa. Trophy hunters spend tens of thousands of dollars in permit fees, accommodations, guides, etc. in order to take down an elephant, lion or buffalo. Almost all of that money goes into the local economy. Also, the meat from the hunted animal is usually donated to the locals (yes, they eat elephant and buffalo). With the expenses involved, there is no danger of any of the "Big 5" going extinct due to hunting. If this young lady has the money to indulge in this hobby, more power to her.

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Joy July 02 2014 at 7:50 AM

It seems someone has too much money and time on their hands yet too little respect for life.

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aallencamp July 02 2014 at 5:32 AM

There's something just super - dooper perverted with 'sport hunters' ( ones that stalk-kill animals for the fun of it) posing with big grins and their slain .
She ( the cheerleader) doesn't need to kill these animals for food...or survival. It;'s thrill killing.
And we call terrorist ' barbaric'.
Sick. Really really sick is what these people ( even the young pretty ones) are.

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Robert C Miller July 02 2014 at 5:37 AM

ha PETA crowd has their panties in a wad over this? I`m going to post all my deer hunting pics on my FB page as well. The antihunters can just stew over it.

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JOSEPH G MATTERA July 02 2014 at 5:45 AM

SCREW FACEBOOK POSTS
GOOD FOR YOU YOUNG LADY;
HUNT HUNT HUNT.........

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coopdabomb July 02 2014 at 5:49 AM

Nothing wrong with this. These are legal hunts to thin out heards. We do it here in the U.S. every year.

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telvis July 02 2014 at 5:30 AM

What will these people against her do when the animals are over populated and starving to death? Sometimes people can't see past their own stupidity.

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Robin July 02 2014 at 5:17 AM

First, was it illegal to hunt the animals, two, how different is this than hunting deer, rabbits, or any other hunting season, around the world? How much crueler is this than roping baby calves, or making bulls or horses buck for the sheer enjoyment for people to watch in a rodeo?? complain about that !!!

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