It started with a young woman enjoying a treasured past-time with her family.
It ended with that same family hearing strangers offering money for explicit
pictures of their daughter, their sister. People publicly called for her
death in various ways and even exclaimed that they would exact revenge
in other, more horrifying ways. Why were people who had no idea who this
young lady was so perfectly content to assault her and her family with
threats of pain and suffering? Because she had gone hunting.
That's it. She and her family went on a fully legal hunting trip in
Africa and posted the pictures online to her Facebook page. For this crime,
Facebook labeled her photos "inhumane" and supportive of "animal
abuse" and promptly removed them. Other Facebook users took to the
internet in droves, pitchforks at the ready, to make an example of this
poor woman. A man running for office in a state halfway across the country
publicly offered $100,000 for explicit pictures of the young woman, Kendall Jones.
Notwithstanding the obvious problems with threatening an avid hunter with
violence of any kind, I wonder how many of the internet activists have
daughters, little sisters, or wives they would want subjected to the kinds
of things they have said to Kendall Jones. It sickens me and the members
of our firm to see the capacity for violence and depravity that our fellow
Americans are capable of. These "activists" hang their hats
on a hook of "animal rights" and "vegan lifestyles,"
as if to say that enforcing the rights of a legal game animal would somehow
justify forcible sexual assault, grievous bodily harm, emotional distress,
or murder. If you think I would exaggerate as to the threats she and her
family has received, and you think you can stomach true depravity, you're
welcome to search out the articles and ensuing comments but I will not
be giving those comments any additional attention.
At Wildlife Lawyers, we are dedicated to the preservation of the outdoor
pursuits so deeply engrained in American tradition. It takes people like
Ms. Jones to sustain and support these traditions and for this, we applaud
her. Having worked with many international and domestic hunters in the
past, we know the challenges she is facing and wish her Godspeed in dealing
with her situation. Congratulations on the fine animals harvested and
happy hunting to Ms. Jones, her family, and all the hunters across the world.