Texas Tech Cheerleader Criticized for Hunting Photos - kcentv.com - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share

Texas Tech Cheerleader Criticized for Hunting Photos

Posted: Updated:
Facebook Facebook

(TODAY) -- Kendall Jones is used to being the one behind the barrel, but now the Texas Tech University cheerleader is under fire for photos she’s posted of her hunting expeditions.

The 19-year-old has stirred up controversy with a number of photos posted to her public Facebook page, which she launched in February, in which she smiles and poses beside a series of dead exotic animals — from a lion to a hippo, elephant and more — that she's hunted over the years.

In her bio posted to the social network, Jones says she followed her father on "hunting adventures" as a child, and shot her first animal, a white rhino, at the age of 13 on a trip to South Africa. She has since returned to Africa several times where she has "harvested" a wide variety of animals, and now hopes to host a television show about her exploits.

Jones, whose page had more than 89,000 likes on Tuesday, has since become the target of animal activists, and an online petition that has garnered over 80,000 signatures is asking Facebook to remove the college sophomore’s page citing “animal cruelty.”

The petition, posted June 22, calls for the teen's page to be removed for the “sake of all animals, especially the animals in the African region... where hunters are going for fun just to kill an animal!”

In a statement obtained by TODAY, Jones' family defended the photos and the actions of Kendall and her father Cody.

"First and foremost, it’s imperative to make mention that all of Kendall's hunts in Zimbabwe and South Africa were 100% legal with proper tags and licenses awarded on a pre-approved quota by the countries officials and wildlife department," the family said in the statement.

"Secondly, the tags, licenses, and fees purchased in addition to the services provided by local trackers, skinners, and assistants totaled over $160,000 USD, not including travel and/or production costs. In Zimbabwe, where over 70% of the country's population is classified as poor or extremely poor, this money, along with the $200 million hunters provide annually to the overall African economy, can provide a great deal of stimulus for the local economies. In the most rural areas, most people are unemployed and depend on bartering as a way of living and their economy welcomes hunters. We're very proud of Kendall and Cody in not only helping to conserve these species for future generations, but also for helping contribute both money and jobs to an extremely poor area of Africa."

In the statement, her family said Kendall is "still on pace" to be featured in a television show about her exploits in early 2015.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to NBC news that the social media network did recently remove some of Jones' pictures for violating the site's policies.

"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," the company said in a statement.

Facebook would not say exactly how many pictures were removed or provide any more specifics. Other content was allowed to remain. "Certain content, which some may find offensive, can be used to spread awareness," the company added, "and we welcome dialogue about animal abuse, hunting and other animal rights issues."

On Tuesday afternoon, Jones’ page posted a photo of the young hunter with a rifle and the caption, “I just want to THANK all of my supporters for their continued encouragement and backing! I will continue to hunt and spread the knowledge of hunting and wildlife conservation.”

Jones’ camp also announced the launch of a separate Facebook page called “Support Kendall,” where supporters “can help us stand tall in our freedom to share and promote the 100% legal activities that hunters and conservationists continue to engage in.” That page already has more than 18,000 "likes."

Meanwhile, her critics took to her Facebook page in droves. Beneath a photo of Jones with a crossbow, Facebook user David Jack protested Jones and her defenders.

“The people who defend this practice either kid themselves on that people like this Kendall Jones are doing good or they are just plain ignorant or amoral,” reads part of his post. “This isn't conservation. Conservation is working towards finding a way to coexist with nature.”


(KCEN) -- One Texas Tech cheerleader is getting criticized after she posted photos of her hunting excursion. 

Cheerleader Kendall Jones posted photos on Facebook after she went on a hunting trip in Africa. 

Jones says all her hunts involved a "fair chase" and not all the animals shown are killed.

Some of the animals shown on her page are tranquilized for educational use.

Many people on Facebook are requesting for the photos to be taken down.

Weigh in on what you think here...

  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: Baylor Students Killed, Injured in Tuesday Wreck Identified

    UPDATE: Baylor Students Killed, Injured in Tuesday Wreck Identified

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:28 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:28:56 GMT
    (KCEN) -- All four people involved in a fatal crash this morning are from the DFW area, and all are between 18 and 21 years old. A 21-year-old female passenger and a 19-year-old male passenger were killed when the 2003 Dodge truck they were in hit a tree.More >>
    (KCEN) -- All four people involved in a fatal crash this morning are from the DFW area, and all are between 18 and 21 years old. A 21-year-old female passenger and a 19-year-old male passenger were killed when the 2003 Dodge truck they were in hit a tree.More >>
  • 'She Wants Us to Dance': Friends, Teachers Remember Baylor Students Killed in Crash

    'She Wants Us to Dance': Friends, Teachers Remember Baylor Students Killed in Crash

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:26:53 GMT
    Laura, 21, and Jack, 19Laura, 21, and Jack, 19
    (KCEN) – A day after the crash, the loss of two Baylor music students hits friends and classmates hard. The clarinet players were with two others on their way to Baton Rouge Tuesday when the truck they were in hit a tree. Now friends describe the pair in very different ways: one of them outspoken and eccentric, the other quiet and reserved. But both of them were incredibly talented musicians, dedicated to their craft.More >>
    (KCEN) – A day after the crash, the loss of two Baylor music students hits friends and classmates hard. The clarinet players were with two others on their way to Baton Rouge Tuesday when the truck they were in hit a tree. Now friends describe the pair in very different ways: one of them outspoken and eccentric, the other quiet and reserved. But both of them were incredibly talented musicians, dedicated to their craft.
    More >>
  • Fort Hood Fairy Godmother Boutique Opens, Offers Low Cost Dresses

    Fort Hood Fairy Godmother Boutique Opens, Offers Low Cost Dresses

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:39 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:39:53 GMT
    (KCEN) – It was a fairy tale grand opening. “It’s exciting. This is really happening,” store owner Keri Byer said. After months of hard work, Keri was finally able to open up her Fort Hood Fairy Godmother Boutique, a non-profit offering dresses and accessories at a low cost. “I think it’s absolutely absurd to miss a formal event, something special, just because you can’t afford the right outfit,” she said. “That to me should not happen to anyone.” Eight years ago Keri opened her first Fairy G...More >>
    (KCEN) – It was a fairy tale grand opening. “It’s exciting. This is really happening,” store owner Keri Byer said. After months of hard work, Keri was finally able to open up her Fort Hood Fairy Godmother Boutique, a non-profit offering dresses and accessories at a low cost. “I think it’s absolutely absurd to miss a formal event, something special, just because you can’t afford the right outfit,” she said. “That to me should not happen to anyone.” Eight years ago Keri opened her first Fairy G...More >>
Click for Local Doppler Radar
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KCEN. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.