LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The
has become the center of nationwide controversy.
The Texas Tech cheerleader has been hunting exotic animals since she was 13.
Her Facebook shows dozens of pictures with Jones alongside animals she has shot or treated as part of a “wildlife conservation” project in Zimbabwe.
According to Jones, the efforts are part of preserving the wildlife population and helping maintain the health of the animals.
This summer, Jones shot the final member of the 'Big 5,' which includes the Cape Buffalo, Leopard, Lion, Elephant and Rhino.
Last week Jones posted this in regards to the capture and treatment of a Rhino:
“Here is the S African Vet administering treatment to the White Rhino I darted during the Green Hunt. The vet drew blood, took DNA samples, took body and head measurements, treated a leg injury and administered antibiotics. I felt very lucky to be part of such a great program and procedure that helps the White Rhino population through conservation.”
But despite her posts about conservation, her pictures have outraged anti-hunting activists across the country.
An online petition quickly gathered 40,000 signatures to get her Facebook page deactivated. Jones was forced to start another professional page.
In less than 12 hours her page had generated 50,000 more likes.
Many have openly expressed their disapproval of Jones’ hunting, some even threatening her life.
A second online petition started by a South African citizen is asking the South African government to get Jones banned from the country.
So far it has received 3,000 signatures.
Jones plans to take part in a hunting show set to air this coming January.
"In January 2014, I signed a development contract with award-winning Executive Producer Brian 'Pigman' Quaca for a new series targeted to debut for eight episodes during the first quarter of 2015 on the Sportsman Channel."
Kendall's family and friends released this statement on Tuesday night: