06 july 2014
A Texas cheerleader whose African big-game hunting exploits have her in the cross-hairs of critics claims she is a conservationist in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt.
A petition on Change.org had nearly 100,000 signatures as of early Thursday seeking to ban and deny access for 19-year-old Kendall Hunter to Africa, where she’s bagged big game animals like lions, leopards and more in the name of wildlife conservation, according to her Facebook profile.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Zimbabwe and can’t wait until the day I get to come back,” Jones wrote last week. “Zimbabwe has some of the most beautiful scenery of anywhere I have ever been and Victoria Falls is truly a wonder of the world.”
But not everyone shares Jones’ enthusiasm for hunting big game on the African plains.
“Kendall Jones is an American-born hunter who has entered the continent and has been hunting African wildlife under the facade of conservation,” the petition reads. “She has publicly stated that she hopes to have a television hunting show and she is using endangered and helpless African animals as a stepping stone to further her popularity on social media platforms.”