New Zealand Rugby Team Poses with Hunting Prey, Stirs Online Debate

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You have some controversial company, Kendall Jones.

Earlier this summer, we posted photos of Jones (a 19-year old Texas Tech cheerleader) posing with animals she hunted down in South Africa, as the blonde college student faced major online criticism for bragging about the kills on Facebook.

Now, the Canterbury Crusaders (a rugby team based in New Zealand) has done the same thing.

In the following photo gallery, members Tom Taylor, Ben Funnell, Sam and George Whitelock and Tyler Bleyendaal are proudly sitting over bloody big game carcases, much to the chagrin and anger of animal rights activists.

Ruggers and Dead Zebra
This rugby team is facing criticism for posing with a dead zebra during a hunting trip to South Africa.

“When New Zealand rugby players have free time in South Africa, see what they get up to,” says The Landmark Foundation of the images. “Here are the Crusaders rugby players killing wildlife for laughs on a recent visit to South Africa.”

However, Crusaders Chief Executive Hamish Riach says the players were only targeted because they’re well-known, wondering why they’re receiving flak for doing something legal.

“They’ve chosen to have a perfectly legal hunting expedition and they’ve done everything right,” says Riach. “They haven’t hunted endangered species, they haven’t poached, they haven’t used an unlicensed guide.

"People have different views around hunting and that’s perfectly legitimate.These guys are being used because of their profile and the prominence they might have in the public sense."

What do you think of this new controversy? Big deal, little deal, no deal at all?

Or are you too distracted by the Bunny Hunter to even try and focus on other hunters?

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