A businessman from Georgia has been photographed standing beside two baby elephants, holding a gun.
TopGen Energy partner, Mike Jines reportedly shot and killed the elephants while in Zimbabwe, Africa. The alleged hunt took place in October 2018, but the photos have only just come to public attention.
It has been alleged that Jines went trophy hunting accompanied by professional hunter Max ‘Buzz’ Delezenne.
The upsetting photographs have since gone viral, with many people expressing absolute horror. Some have even called for a boycott of TopGen Energy.
One person tweeted:
There’s evil, and then there’s you #mikejines one can only hope the universe and all that is just punish you for killing those elephants. Boycott #TopGenEnergy.
Boycott #TopGenEnergy. Mike Jines is a barbarian. Killing a baby Elephant for fun? How is this fun? Cruel and Heinous! An innocent, intelligent, and beautiful creature’s life was taken for NO REASON!
Jines has claimed he killed the elephants in self-defence, and that the elephants had charged at him. He has also stated the animals were two adult elephants.
As reported by CBS, Jines has claimed the elephants ‘were shot in self-defense, in an unprovoked charge and both elephants were fully mature cows, not juveniles’.
Speaking about the outrage these pictures have provoked, Jines made the following comments according to CBS:
While I can appreciate that hunting can be polarizing and that views on hunting can vary materially, I am sure that you can appreciate what it is like to deal with the vitriol particularly when the underlying information in this case is inaccurate.
Jines – who says he has received threats as a result of the backlash – has stated the events which occurred have been misrepresented. However, many of his critics have been left unconvinced by his side of the story.
— Zowe (@zobeida_baldwin) February 9, 2019
Boycott #TopGenEnergy. Mike Jines is a barbarian. Killing a baby Elephant for fun? How is this fun? Cruel and Heinous! An innocent, intelligent, and beautiful creature's life was taken for NO REASON!
— James Sherfield (@Sherf2034) February 11, 2019
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