A businessman from Georgia, America has been photographed standing right beside two extremely young elephants while holding a rifle.
The photographs of Mike Jines who is a partner in Top-Gen Energy Corporation and professional hunter Max ‘Buzz of Charlton McCullum Hunting Safaries, a company that is owned by Buzz Charlton, were recently shared on the internet by a man named Darrell Eisman.
Apparently the hunting of the elephants took place in Zimbabwe, Africa back in October 2018, but has only just come to public attention.
The upsetting photographs have since gone viral on the web, with many people expressing absolute horror and sadness – Some have even called for a Boycott of TopGen Energy Corporation, Georgia.
Here is what people from various parts of the world had to say about it on Twitter:
One person said:
“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.”
Another person wrote the following:
“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!”
Mike has claimed he killed the elephants in self-defence, because both elephants had charged at him – He has also stated the animals were both adult elephants.
Before the photos went viral, Mike Jines said the following to ‘Pet Rescue Reports’:
“The hunt started with a bang… literally. Less than thirty minutes into the first morning of the first day we experienced a double elephant cow charge.
This was obviously a first for me but it turns out it was a first for Buzz as well. We saw a group of cows from the road and decided to follow them to see if a tuskless was in the group. We caught them quickly and identified a tuskless…
We positioned ourselves to get a good look at the tuskless and concluded that since it was just Day 1 we would pass. An instant later she came in an all-out charge. Buzz and I both fired two shots a piece and she went down. Then from behind us a large one-tusked cow charged at full speed. We each fired one shot and she crashed to the ground with her hind legs out behind her.”
When talking to CBS about the photos that have caused an outrage Mark said the following:
“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.”
Mark added that he was receiving threats as a result of the backlash – he firmly states that the events have only happened over inaccurate information. Despite his explaining, there are many left unconvinced by his side of the story.
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