Last week, we brought you the story of Kendall Jones, the 19-year-old Texas Tech cheerleader who hunts wild African game and posts photos of her kills on Facebook. The photos show Jones happily posing with dead elephants, rhinos, leopards, hippos and more. The internet lost its shit over it, because the internet loses its shit over stuff.
Had the animals shown in the photos been dove, quail, hogs or whitetail deer, would people have created such a shit storm over it? No. But these are huge, beautiful, and sometimes rare animals. According to Jones, however, she does not hunt endangered animals. Photos of her posing with rhinos had people up in arms, but she points out on Facebook that the only rhinos she’s killed are white rhinos, and they are not endangered (I looked it up – she’s right).
Jones explained that much of her hunting is actually done in good conscience, claiming the money from the very expensive hunting tags she purchases go toward conservation efforts. People didn’t care. A petition directed at Mark Zuckerberg pleaded to have the photos removed. It recently surpassed 330,000 signatures.
Facebook has responded. The photos have been removed. In a statement, Facebook claims Jones’ account “promotes poaching of endangered species, the sale of animals for organized fight or content that includes extreme acts of animal abuse.”
Zuck’s words, not mine.