How far can a man go to satisfy his desires, his greed, his urge to feel omnipotent on the planet? Is it normal for a human being to be blood-thirsty and to enjoy killing innocent animals?
Is it fascinating to take someone else’s life?
The netizens were enraged to see the photos of Mike Jines, a partner in TopGen Energy, Georgia, with his “trophy” kills on a hunting trip to Zimbabwe in October 2018.
Darell Eisman posted the photos of Jines with the two baby elephants, and professional hunter Max Delezenne of Charlton McCullum Hunting Safaries, owned by Buzz Charlton, on his Facebook page.
The hunters are seen smiling proudly, with their guns on their shoulders, while the poor, lifeless animals lie on the ground in front of them.
“Apologies for the disturbing photo. If you’re really upset by what you see, then make this go viral along with an email letting Mike Jines know what you think.”
The post immediately went viral, with people commenting on how horrified, sad, and disgusted the photos made them feel.
Baby Elephant Killed.
The hunting company is Charlton McCallum Hunting Safaris, owner -- Buzz Charlton. The professional hunter is Max Delezenne and the trophy hunter is Mike Jines, owner of TopGen Energy
Share. White Poachers in #Africa must be stopped.#thebigwhitelie pic.twitter.com/ZF6NEXif3i
— Fire-Walkers AFRICA (@IndigenousConvo) January 22, 2019
One Facebook user wrote: “It utterly breaks my heart to see such cruelty going and those scumbags who killed this poor innocent creature should be punished, hunters should be banned as a lot of animals in Africa are now on the verge of extinction how tragic.”
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
“What an innocent, sweet animal. Elephants are known to be extremely social animals living in a pack. Not only is this unforgivable but the trauma it caused the tribe makes me believe those idiots should face that poor baby’s tribe without guns.”
A Twitter user commented: “You have no heart, no soul. This is sickening and pathetic. It’s just so sad to see this.”
Many have even called for a boycott of TopGen Energy:
“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!”
After he faced the anger on social media, Jines stated that the elephants “were shot in self-defense, in an unprovoked charge and both elephants were fully mature cows, not juveniles”., and added that he would make sure people understand the actual facts and not the “mischaracterization of the information on social media”.
Moreover, he added that they were killed in full compliance with laws and regulations in both Zimbabwe and the US.