July 5, 2014
Sat Jul 05, 2014, 06:00 PM EDT
CLEBURNE, Texas —
A Texas woman’s photos from an African sport safari posted on Facebook have annoyed a operation of responses — including many laced with hatred and undisguised genocide threats.
Kendall Jones of Cleburne has spent a past several weeks in Africa — especially in Zimbabwe and South Africa — sport leopards, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, zebras and impalas, especially regulating guns and bows. Several photos of Jones, 19, posing with animals she shot or tagged have sarcastic comments posted underneath them.
“I knew when we posted these cinema that there would be people for and opposite my Facebook page,” Jones told a Cleburne Times-Review around email. “I unequivocally am repelled during how bold many people are by name job and swearing. we have indeed had several genocide threats, that are going to be investigated. Online bullying and creation approach threats is a crime.”
Commenters have called Jones all from a “bloodlust-crazed sociopath” to a “stupid hick” and a “coward who enjoys murdering defenseless animals.”
Someone has left so distant as to open a Stop Kendall Jones Facebook page.
Others posters have shielded Jones.
“This is explanation that for each chairman who wants to pronounce out negatively, we have some-more proponents anticipating your page and ancillary your efforts!” Sterling Bishop wrote. “Keep on huntin’ on girl!”
Jones, who has visited Africa 5 times, pronounced her latest try has been for a purpose of filming element for a TV uncover she hopes to horde subsequent year. She pronounced hunters expected caring some-more about wildlife and charge than many others.
“There is not a hunter out there that doesn’t caring about wildlife,” she said. “In a U.S. alone, sport and fishing beget $87 billion a year into a economy. Much of this income goes to diversion management, diversion wardens, medium refuge and anti-poaching.”
One of a photos on her Facebook page that drew some quite horrible comments shows her with a rhinoceros that had been tranquilized with a dart so a veterinarian could provide it.
“It’s tough to explain how sparkling it is to be subsequent to such a outrageous animal with a oldster and group of helpers behaving these procedures,” Jones said. “The oldster spotless out a wound unequivocally good and administered an antibiotic salve for a leg damage and antibiotic shots. He also took blood samples and DNA samples to go into a DNA database, that helps fight bootleg poaching.”
Jones pronounced she understands that people have incompatible views on hunting, though wishes everybody would keep an open mind on a subject.
“I don’t let these things worry me since we know and know what we am doing helps with wildlife conservation.” she said. “I don’t censure other people that aren’t prepared on a theme and we hope, after reading and learning, people get a improved understanding.”
Information for this story was reported by a Cleburne (Texas) Times-Review.