Two adolescent elephants in Zimbabwe were shot and killed by Mike Jines, a TopGen Energy partner back in October of 2018. But the photos have only been surfaced just now.
Jines allegedly went trophy hunting with professional hunter Max ‘Buzz’ Delezenne.
Pet Rescue Report, state that Jines released this account before the photos 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.
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) 22 janvier 2019
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…
— Zowe (@zobeida_baldwin) 9 février 2019
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 all-out charge. Buzz and I both fired two shots apiece and she went down. Then from behind us, a large one-tusked cow charged at full speed. We each fired one hot and she crashed to the ground with her hind legs out behind her…”
The photos that have now gone viral, have caused shock and outrage. Some have even gone as far as to call for a boycott of TopGen Energy.
Jines has tried his best to defend himself, over and over again, saying that the calves charged at him and his hunting partner. Also, they weren’t even babied to begin with, but adults.
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) 11 février 2019
He told CBS: The elephants ‘were shot in self-defence, in an unprovoked charge and both elephants were fully mature cows, not juveniles’.
The public does not believe a word of Jines and are demanding an investigation. Do you believe Jines’s story?
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