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Nearly 40,000 people have signed an online petition demanding Facebook remove pictures posted by a teenage game hunter showing her posing with animals she has killed.

Smiling Kendall Jones, 19, is seen with a lion, a leopard and an antelope in the Facebook pictures.

She also posted an image with a caption that said, "And on the 8th day God looked down on his planned paradise and said, 'I need a provider' so God made a hunter."

The Huffington Post reports her posts prompted outrage from Facebook users and the petition for her page to be taken down.

The petition says, "for the sake of all the animals, especially the animals in the African region where hunters are going for fun just to kill an animal".

Photo: Facebook

In one picture on her page, with a dead leopard, she says "me and my camera boys here in Zimbabwe! Josh, Kieran and Mack. Thanks for doing such a wonderful job and catching all the action on film".

It prompted one person to comment: "No matter how you look at it seeing people smiling over the dead body of such a majestic animal is just sad."

Jones with one of her kills. Photo: Facebook

But Jones responded: "We hunted Leopard in a Communal Lands area of Zimbabwe where leopard had killed 107 head of cattle over a single year.

"There are many parts of Zimbabwe where there is an abundant population of Leopard that wreak havoc on the livestock of the farmers in the village. Instead of the villagers killing the leopard to prevent livestock damage, permits are sold to hunters to do this for them.

"By selling the permits, not only is a problemed animal taken care of, but the money for the permit goes back into the community for water wells, schools and community improvements.

Facebook users have been outraged by the photos, and have demanded they be taken down. Photo: Facebook

"These people in this area live in mud huts and have no electricity, the money derived from hunting is badly needed to help just provide the bare necessities such as water and shelter.

"All of these people pretty much work on a barter system of trading crops, chickens, goats and cattle between each other to live throughout the year.

"After 14 days of hard hunting, getting up at 3am, walking miles upon miles cutting tracks, I finally took my leopard. This is most definitely the hardest hunt I have ever been on. Thanks Comre Safaris for this experience of a lifetime."

Another person on the page said a picture of Jones with a dead lion was despicable.

The Huffington Post reports that Jones has previously defended herself, saying the hunts involved a fair chase and that animal populations had to be controlled.

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