Johnson County —
Cleburne resident Kendall Jones’ Facebook pictures and posts chronicing her African hunting safari are rife with responses ranging from support to disgust to outright hatred.
Posted on the page are several pictures of Jones, 19, posing with wildlife she shot or tagged.
“I knew when I posted these pictures that there would be people for and against my Facebook page,” Jones said via email from Africa on Thursday. “I really am shocked at how rude many people are by name calling and swearing. I have actually had several death threats, which are going to be investigated. Online bullying and making direct threats is a crime.”
Jones said she’s been in Africa several weeks, mainly in Zimbabwe and South Africa, hunting leopards, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, zebras and impalas with bows and guns.
Many responses on Jones’ Facebook page approach and surpass brutal to say the least.
Responders call Jones everything from a blood lust crazed sociopath to a stupid hick and a coward who enjoys killing defenseless animals.
“Hopefully yourself,” Jessica Galbraith replied to a post in which Jones asked readers to guess the third kill of five animals she’s hunting.
Someone went so far as to open a Stop Kendall Jones Facebook page.
Others posters defended Jones.
“This is proof that for every person who wants to speak out negatively, you have more proponents finding your page and supporting your efforts!” poster Sterling Bishop wrote.
“Keep on huntin’ on girl!!!”
One poster, it appears, even took the time to read Jones’ side of things.
“At first, I will admit, this page shocked and horrified me,” Nadia Net Modelle wrote. “Until I actually took a second to read the captions on the photos and did a really quick Google search. Although the manner in which you are posing with some of the animals can be seen as a bit insensitive, the conservation effort makes sense. Keep up with the responsible hunting. Power to ya girl!”