A businessman from Georgia has been photographed standing beside two apparently very young elephants, holding a g-un. TopGen Energy partner, Mike Jines reportedly sh-ot and k-lled 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.
Which dysfunctional individuals killed this baby? #MikeJines of #TopGenEnergy that's who, with the assistance of #MaxDelezenne and #BuzzCharlton, of #CharltonMcCallumHuntingSafaris The #Karma train will be along eventually.
— Amanda_Martin (@Amanda_Martin_) February 1, 2019
According to the Pet Rescue Report, Jines reportedly gave the following 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 f-ired two sh-ots a piece and she went down. Then from behind us, a large one-tusked cow charged at full speed. We each f-ired one sh-ot 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
Share. White Poachers in #Africa must be stopped.#thebigwhitelie pic.twitter.com/ZF6NEXif3i
— The Big White Lie (@ErrantNatives) January 22, 2019
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 just punish you for k-lling those elephants. Boycott #TopGenEnergy.
Boycott #TopGenEnergy. Mike Jines is a barbarian. K-lling a baby Elephant for fun? How is this fun? Cruel and He-inous! An innocent, intelligent, and beautiful creature’s life was taken for NO REASON!
Jines has claimed he k-lled the elephants in self-defense, and that the elephants had charged at him. He has also refuted the animals were infants and instead two adult elephants.
As reported by CBS, Jines has claimed the elephants ‘were sh-ot in self-defense, in an unprovoked charge and both elephants were fully mature cows, not juveniles’.
Speaking about the ou-trage these pictures have pro-voked, 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 vi-triol particularly when the underlying information, in this case, is inaccurate.
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.
— 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 – 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 cr-itics have been left unconvinced by his side of the story.