Mike Jines, a TopGen Energy partner, shot and killed two adolescent elephants in Zimbabwe. While the hunt actually took place in October of 2018, the photos are just surfacing.
Jines allegedly went trophy hunting with professional hunter Max ‘Buzz’ Delezenne.
According to Pet Rescue Report, Jines released this account before the photographs went viral:
“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…”
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
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— The Big White Lie (@ErrantNatives) January 22, 2019
The photos that have now gone viral, have people understandably upset. Some are even calling for a boycott of TopGen Energy.
The Tweets in response to the photo reflect such outrage:
— 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
Jines has claimed, over and over, that the calves charged at him, and his hunting partner, and they were, in fact, adults females, not babies.
He told CBS: That they elephants ‘were shot in self-defense, in an unprovoked charge and both elephants were fully mature cows, not juveniles’.
It seems the public does not believe Jines and are asking for a thorough investigation. What do you think of Jines’s story?