A big-game hunter who enjoys posing with the dead carcasses of rhinos, giraffes and elephants has recently been hired by to be a state government conservationist in western Australia.
Jewell Crossberg, who has a Facebook photo album titled ‘Business and Pleasure’ featuring him posed with dead carcasses, has recently been appointed as the acting district manager of the Western Australian Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions in Esperance, on the state’s south coast.
At a South African game reserve in 2010, Crossberg is shown posing with dead rhinos, giraffes, zebras and elephants, which he has then proudly displayed on his Facebook profile.
In one of the photos, Crossberg is shown kneeling down next to the corpse of a giraffe whilst holding a rifle in his hand. Whilst he smiles for the camera, the dead animal’s head rests on his knee.
In another photo, he is seen posing with a dead zebra and grinning behind a deceased elephant in another.
Since the album has been discovered on his account, there has been outrage and calls for Crossberg to be removed from his role in the conservation department.
Under his new role, Crossberg will be acting as the park and wildlife manager in Esperance and he will be responsible for looking after wildlife and the natural assets in the district.
Determined for him to be removed from this important position, a petition has been made online demanding his removal.
The petition reads: “A man for sees no issue with hunting endangered and threatened species should not be in a role protecting Australia’s native flora and fauna, as he clearly lacks the judgement to do so, despite the photos being taken at a South African Hunting lodge, where such hunts are legal.”
The petition then goes on to quote a letter from citizens of Esperance who are concerned, they are calling for immediate action against Crossberg.
The letter states: “We the citizens of Esperance are very concerned about the recent appointment of Jewell Crossberg.
“We are so disappointed to see Mr Crossberg is not a true conservationist and shouldn’t be in a position of this standing.”
According to the department upon Crossberg’s hiring, they said it had been a competitive recruitment process and they searched for someone who clearly showed their commitment to wildlife conservation.
The department’s statement said: “The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is committed to wildlife conservation and ensuring the world’s best animal welfare practices.
“Jewell Crossberg went through a competitive recruitment process and demonstrated he had the appropriate skills for the acting district manager role.”
Following the outrage regarding Crossberg’s Facebook profile, it has been deleted.