Man Holding Gun Over Two Dead Baby Elephants Insists He Just Shot Them In Self-Defense

Chilling pictures have emerged of a Georgia businessman alongside another man standing over two dead elephants. He claims they shot the elephants in self-defense as they charged at them. Mike Jines, a partner with TopGen Alpharetta, Georgia opened up after the photo went viral in social media. His critics have made claims targeting his business.

Thousands of social media users were enraged as they accused Jines and professional hunter, Max ‘Buzz’ Delezenne of killing the baby elephants while on a trophy hunt in Zimbabwe.

Georgia businessman, Mike Jines (right), who was pictured holding a gun as he and another man stood over two dead elephants, claims he killed the mammals in self-defense when they charged at him

The two were hunted down in October 2018, but photos were hidden until last month when they were shared by Darrel Eisman.

Jines, a partner with TopGen Energy in Alpharetta, Georgia, made the claim after the photos went viral on social media and critics started targeting his business

In his Facebook post, he wrote; 'Apologies for the disturbing photo,' Eisman wrote. 'If you're really upset by what you see, then make this go viral along with an email letting Mike Jines know what you think,' Eisman added. 

Thousands of social media users have accused Jines and professional hunter, Max 'Buzz' Delezenne, of killing two baby elephants on an African 'trophy' hunt in Zimbabwe

He finished by including Jine’s email address in the post.Thousands commented on the post calling the photos 'horrible', 'sad' and 'sickening'.

Jines 9pictured0 went on the hunt with professional hunter Max 'Buzz' Delezenne

'It utterly breaks my heart to see such cruelty going on those scumbags who killed this poor innocent creature should be punished, hunters should be banned as a lot of animals in Africa are now on the verge of extinction how tragic,' one Facebook user wrote. 

'You have no heart, no soul. This is sickening and pathetic. It’s just so sad to see this,' another angry Twitter user wrote. 

 Another tweeted: 'There’s evil, and then there’s you #mikejines one can only hope the universe and all that just punish you for killing those elephants. Boycott #TopGenEnergy.'

Jines also said that the animals were shot in full compliance with laws and regulations in both Zimbabwe and the US

Responding to the allegations, Jines says he’s more focused on ‘Making sure people understand the actual facts as opposed to the mischaracterization of the information on social media.’

The hunt occurred in October 2018, but the images weren't shared on social media until last month. Darrel Eisman shared the photos in a Facebook post (pictured), which has more than 56,000 shares

In an interview, he said that the elephants shown in the photos ‘were shot in self-defense, in an unprovoked charge and both elephants were fully mature cows, not juveniles.

Jines also added that every decision was in full compliance with laws and regulations In both Zimbabwe and the US. 

Thousands commented on the post calling the photos 'horrible', 'sad' and 'sickening'