Social media outrage at Georgia safari hunter killing 2 young elephants

A social media outrage has erupted after photos from a safari hunter, with ties to a company in Georgia, show him with an elephant shot dead during his “trophy” hunt expedition in Zimbabwe.

According to CbsNews, Mike Jines, a partner with TopGen Energy in Alpharetta, stated the public has the wrong information and claims both elephants were shot and killed in self-defense as the two animals allegedly charged Jines and his partner, Max (Buzz) Delezenne. The hunt took place in October 2018, and in a forum, Jines originally posted the following recount:

“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…”

Jines further stated the two elephants were fully mature females and had been shot in a designated safari area with full compliance to local laws and regulations.

Since the photos have been posted on Facebook, Redditt and Twitter, Jines says he has been threatened and has endured a litany of profanity, but has been focusing on getting the correct information out to the public.

On Reddit, the criticism was harsh and swift:

“I’ve heard that usually people are only allowed to hunt animals that are negatively affecting the herd/pride/group, like an old male that can’t reproduce well anymore, but is still beating out competitors in terms of strength. Then the meat is supposedly given to native groups. This certainly doesn’t seem like that kind of situation though.”

Another Reddit follower had similar thoughts as to the argument about hunting and conservation:

“Hunting old males who can’t reproduce anymore, and chase out/kill younger males that can reproduce can help conservation. In this case of the OP picture, these are dead young elephants. This does NOT help with conservation.”

Animal advocates on Facebook were just as critical:

“Ali Cingi JAN 20, 2019 —
Mike Jines (right), from Houston, Texas, the owner of TopGen Energy, went to Namibia to kill Elephants. He found it in his heart to kill two minors, and as you can see in the picture, he has no regrets. In his own words: ‘When a man shoots an elephant, his life is full’.”
(Photos of safari hunter and elephants killed via Redditt and Facebook)

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13 replies
  1. Larry says:

    Trophy hunters of any kind are the worst kind of scum. Killing defenseless animals just to boost their egos can’t be justified, legal or not. Next time I’m rooting for the elephants (or any other form of “game”) these jerks might decide to go after next.

  2. Donna Hawkins says:

    These idiots should be hung! The elephants were protecting the group. One leave them alone! ! 2 can’t they run?! Jerk s

  3. Luana Duncan says:

    They were there 2 kill nonetheless!!! They both are bunch of killing bastards!! It makes me so sad 😢😢😢 to know these young females we’re killed!! And they both probably had baby’s to look after and feed, teach love!!!!

  4. Adrienne says:

    These two men were there to kill elephants and can justify it however they want to do, but the bottom line is their killings were not justified and I hope somehow they are brought up on charges.

  5. Bev Woodburn says:

    These vile and evil hunting monsters Mike Jines, and his partner, Max (Buzz) Delezenne deliberately murdered those precious and innocent Elephants. Do these two animal murdering psychopathic monster think we believe what their excuse is. We are not idiots and we know what they say is a lot of bull shit.
    Come on someone kill these two animal torturing monsters. I only wish these two Elephant murders were killed by those two Elephants. And these monsters saying that these precious and innocent Elephants were shot in self defence. Stop your bloody bull shit you psycho depraved animal murdering lying bastards from hell. These hunting lowlife monsters must be put to death. All the vile and evil hunting monsters and the vile and evil poachers are gradually destroying the precious and beautiful wildlife to extinction .Eradication of all these vile and evil hunters and the vile and evil poachers is a must asap. This must happen before it is too late for the precious and magnificenrt wildlife. And those animal murdering bastards need to have their vile and evil smile taken off their evil faces. Kill the evil bastards.

  6. Bev Woodburn says:

    It just breaks my heart. They are not matured Elephants and yet you fucking animal murdering monsters had to make up an excuse to get your thrill out of murdering these precious young Elephants. You are a pair of lying bastards. And I pray with all my heart you both die an agonising death. Which you both deserve and all your vile and evil hunting and poaching murdering bastards from hell. Burn in hell all of you monsters for an eternity.


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