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July 2, 2014

Statement on Texas Cheerleader Hunting Controversy

The following is a statement from Nicole Paquette, vice president for wildlife protection at The Humane Society of the United States, responding to the controversy surrounding Texas Tech cheerleader Kendall Jones’ Facebook images of exotic and endangered animals she had killed:

“Traveling halfway around the world to shoot some of the world’s most magnificent, and threatened animals is shameful. Many of the species that Ms. Jones has killed face declining populations due to loss of habitat and poaching. Amidst this crisis, trophy hunting only adds to the threats to the survival of these iconic species and is nothing more than a thrill kill. Our affiliate, Humane Society International, works in the field to protect wildlife and prevent human-wildlife conflicts in Africa and around the world. Rather than pose for social media with these rare species, lying lifeless, Ms. Jones should support true conservation efforts to combat poaching and protect both animals and communities.”

Media Contact: Raúl Arce-Contreras: 301-721-6440, rcontreras@humanesociety.org    

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