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Texas teen's big-game hunting photos anger animal lovers

A Texas Tech cheerleader is under fire for posting Facebook photos of herself posing with big game animals she has killed.
By Kate Stanton   |   July 2, 2014 at 7:01 PM   |   Comments

LUBBOCK, Texas, July 2 (UPI) -- Animal lovers are outraged by a 19-year-old Texas Tech cheerleader and big-game hunter, who has been posting photos of her African hunting safari on Facebook.

Several photos depict a smiling jones beside dead or tranquilized lions, rhinos and zebras. Jones has said she's a conservationist, but some social media users have criticized her killing animals.

"Just can't wrap my head around how someone can smile and be proud in having ended a beautiful creatures life," one commenter wrote on her page.

Jones' critics have launched a Change.org petition, asking for governments to bar her from Africa.

"With enough support globally we can take a step in the right direction with regards to animal conservation, and help put an end to practices such as these, in hopes of conserving what precious little is left of our natural world," the petition reads.

Jones seemed undeterred by the criticism.

"I just want to THANK all of my supporters for their continued encouragement and backing!" she wrote on Facebook Tuesday. "I will continue to hunt and spread the knowledge of hunting and wildlife conservation."

She told the Cleburne Times-Review that she hopes to have her own hunting show.

"The show will not only be a hunting show but will also highlight conservation and hope to educate people and give them an understanding of how hunting and wildlife conservation go hand in hand," she said.

"There is not a hunter out there that doesn't care about wildlife. In the U.S. alone, hunting and fishing generate $87 billion a year into the economy. Much of this money goes to game management, game wardens, habitat preservation and anti poaching."

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