People Are Trying To Get Facebook To Ban A 19-Year-Old Cheerleader Who Hunts Endangered Animals

WARNING: This post contains graphic photos of rare big-game hunting. UPDATE: Facebook has removed most of the photos.

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Facebook has taken down most of the photos from Jones' profile, saying it removes "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 vet drew blood, took DNA samples, took body and head measurements… I felt very lucky to be part of such a great program and procedure that helps the White Rhino population through conservation," she wrote.

Jones' controversy hasn't been all negative feedback though. Jace Bauserman with Grandviewoutdoors.com came to Jones' defense:

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.

UPDATE - July 1, 5:30 p.m. ET: A Facebook representative issued a statement to BuzzFeed about the status of the photos on Jones' page.

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.

A representative for Pigman TV, the organization behind Jones' upcoming TV show has also given BuzzFeed a statement, saying that the show is still planned to air in 2015.

In the most rural areas, where many of these hunts take place, a majority of the people are unemployed and depend on bartering as a way of living. 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.


At this point, we are still on pace to air the content of Kendall's hunts in early 2015. With regards to the death threats Kendall has received from various members of activist organizations, we would simply ask that these folks consider if threatening to murder a human being for 100% legal behavior makes you worthy of the freedom to express your love for animals. Although our ideologies may be differ from those making threats, we, as a family, still have a profound respect for human life and the law.

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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