Mike Jines, a TopGen Energy partner, and a wealthy businessman from Georgia receives a big backlash for posting a picture with two dead baby elephants that he killed during a hunting trip he had in Africa. This trip was done in October 2018 with the professional hunter Max Delezenne. The two hunters are seen smiling with guns on their shoulders, taking pride for killing animals. The animals can be seen lifeless on the ground with blood coming out of their bodies.
These horrific photos went viral after being uploaded on Facebook by Darrell Eisman. This affected Jines’ business as he told CBS 46. Additionally, he mentions that the animals were killed in a designated safari area in compliance with US and Zimbabwe hunting law:
“The two elephants that are shown in the photos were shot in self-defense, in an unprovoked charge and both elephants were fully mature cows, not juveniles. 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 vitriol particularly when the underlying information, in this case, is inaccurate.”
Even though Jines claims that the killing was in self-defense, his online hunting profile reads:
“Mike has hunted extensively across Africa and has shot multiple species of each of the Big Seven with the exception of rhino. His hunting passion is hunting elephant on a classic tracking hunt with a double rifle.”
Additionally, Jines gave the following account before the photos were spread out on the internet:
“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 apiece 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…”