Facebook deletes woman's photos posing with big game hunting kills
DALLAS (WJLA/AP) - Facebook has deleted some big game trophy photos posted by a Texas Tech cheerleader, saying they violated its standards.
However, 19-year-old Kendall Jones later shared a Fox News Channel montage of the deleted photos of rhinos, elephants, lions and leopards killed or tranquilized.
Jones has received both criticism and support online after posting the pictures of herself in Africa hunting rare, exotic animals while reportedly on safari with her father. Jones says on her public Facebook page that the hunts are legal.
A statement issued Thursday by Facebook says 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."
An online petition calling for Jones to be banned from Facebook received nearly 50,000 signatures after the photos were first posted.
Jones has staunchly defended her posts and hobby, calling herself a conservationist and humanitarian. She argues that funds from legal, for-profit hunts like the ones she attends help pay for wildlife conservation efforts to stop poachers, and lead to an increase in the population of endangered species.
Jones tells media outlets that she has received several death threats since the online controversy began.
In response to criticism, she posted a photo of former President Thomas Jefferson next to a hippopotamus he killed on her Facebook page, pointing out that he shared her hobby yet is widely considered to be an honored conservationist.
She also quoted a September 2013 issue of National Geographic, which reads, "Without the natural resources provided by hunters to protect habitat and stop poachers, there would be no infrastructure for wildlife management."
A Facebook spokesman declined to comment why the montage is permitted. Jones hasn't returned messages from The Associated Press.
Some media outlets report that all the attention has led to Jones entering talks to possibly host her own wildlife/hunting show on TV in the near future. Jones has classified herself as a "public figure" on Facebook.