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Hunter’s excuse for killing young elephants doesn’t seem to be working

[Mike Jines is on the right]

We’re a little worried about Mike Jines and his company, TopGen Energy in Forsyth, Georgia.

When we tried to pull up his company website, all that came up was a card saying the site was “under construction.”



TopGen’s customers must find that inconvenient. Previously, they could pull up a nice-looking site that included this information about Mike himself…


But that’s all gone now, and a heck of a time you’ll have trying to find any current info about Mike or TopGen, because if you search on those terms, wow, you are going to get a lot of heated postings and articles about a couple of dead elephants.

Back in January, the controversy boiled over as photos of Jines and his professional guide appeared which showed them standing over a juvenile female elephant they had shot dead in Zimbabwe. The beautiful creature is in an odd position, as if she had crumpled over onto her forelegs and fell asleep — except for the tell-tale bullet hole in her forehead.

Outrage that yet another American trophy hunter was posing proudly with his kill — and an elephant that was too young to be hunted — rose to a fever pitch here. But then, in February, Jines responded, saying that on the first day of his hunting adventure in Africa, he and his guide were surprised by the two females, who charged them. They had no choice except to shoot the two cows — which he claimed were adults — or risk being trampled.

But judging by how Mike’s company has essentially been erased from the Internet from the online outrage, we’re thinking his story isn’t really flying with the public.

We’d love to hear from someone in the Georgia power industry about whether TopGen is managing to operate even with the outrage, and whether things are easing over time. How long, we wonder, can Internet outrage last?


Posted by Tony Ortega on April 11, 2019 at 20:00

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Tony Ortega is a journalist who was formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He’s written about Scientology since 1995, and in May 2015 released a book about Scientology’s harassment of Paulette Cooper titled ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely,’ and more recently a compilation of his stories, ‘Battlefield Scientology.’ He continues to monitor breaking developments in the Scientology world, as well as other subjects at The Underground Bunker. You can reach him by sending him a message at tonyo94 AT (Drop him a line if you’d like to get an e-mail whenever a new story is posted.)


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