#BoycottJimmyJohns Goes Viral on Twitter After CEO’s Hunting Obsession Exposed

Published by Katherine Sullivan.

Most of us know killing elephants is wrong. And for those of us who are upset with Jimmy John’s CEO Jimmy John Liautaud, boycotting the sandwich chain is a great start. But there’s something more we can do with that compassion—something that’ll help save countless lives.

The Backstory: How and Why Jimmy John’s Reputation Is Tanking Freaky Fast

Liautaud’s twisted obsession with murdering large animals for “sport” has been well documented, and on April 19, Twitter user Yossarian317 posted a photo of the CEO posing with an elephant he’d hunted and killed …

… and it didn’t take long for people in the Twitterverse to express their outrage. Take a look:



PETA President Ingrid Newkirk also spoke out:

Boycotting Jimmy John’s is a great way to take a stand against hunting, and other sandwich shops make it easy with their delicious, animal-friendly options.

Most of us agree that hunting is horrendous. It’s a violent pastime for twisted people like Liautaud. Hunters pay to kill native and exotic species in “canned hunts” that take place on private land, where it’s difficult to enforce laws that protect wildlife. There’s nothing sporty or athletic about traipsing through animals’ homes and killing them, often with the help of a guide and in an enclosed area from which the animals are unable to escape.

Bigotry begins when categories such as race, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or species are used to justify discrimination.

Hunting Isn’t the Only Awful Piece of the Puzzle

If you’re boycotting Jimmy John’s for the sake of elephants and other animals, take things a step further by boycotting all cruelty to animals: Go vegan! Not eating animals or their coproducts is a surefire way to help save lives. Jimmy John’s sandwiches may be off the menu, but there are countless vegan-friendly chains and eateries to choose from. Click below for a little extra (free!) help getting started:

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind