Cheerleader Posing With Dead Animals Forces Facebook To Take Action

Recently, a 19-year-old Texas Tech University cheerleader has been getting animal lovers around the world all riled up. Kendall Jones, who has a Facebook page called Kendall Takes Wild, has made herself a well-known and controversial figure on social media. But it’s not cheerleading she’s become famous for.

WARNING: The images you’re about to see are graphic.

Since she was 13 years old, Jones has been hunting endangered animals in Africa – a hobby that she now openly posts about on her Facebook page.

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Most of the photos Jones posts are of her posing over the bodies of the animals she’s killed. She has gained over 12,000 followers to her page, and the comments range from hunting fans to animal rights activists.

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Despite the backlash she’s received through the comments, she hasn’t slowed down.

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In protest, over 40,000 people have signed an online petition to have Facebook remove the photos on her page.

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In another petition, over 1,000 people asked the South African government to ban Jones from the country.

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However, the controversy and attention hasn’t been completely negative. Jace Bauserman from Grandviewoutdoors.com defended Jones:

“Currently, Jones, 19, is being targeted by the anti-hunting crowd as being a ruthless killer and harming the ecosystem. The controversy started during the first week of June, when Jones started posting mobile uploads of her hunting adventures to Twitter and Facebook…

Aside from support from countless hunters, the Sportsman Channel will be airing a show in 2015 featuring Jones and her amazing hunting adventures. Stay tuned.” [source]

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Jones herself doesn’t mind the attention. On her Facebook page, she wrote:

 “All the anti-hunters posting negative comments and sharing my photos on their page has helped me get over 600 likes in the past 48 hours.” [source]

She even thanked her supporters.

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Most recently, a representative from Facebook issued a statement about the status of the images on Kendall Takes Wild:

“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. Certain content, which some may find offensive, can be used to spread awareness and we welcome dialogue about animal abuse, hunting, and other animal rights issues.” [source]

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