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 …
Owner of Jimmy Johns celebrating the killing of a beautiful animal. Remember next time you want a sub. Please retweet! pic.twitter.com/9An7NWqAfR
— Yossarian317 (@yossarian317) April 19, 2019
… and it didn’t take long for people in the Twitterverse to express their outrage. Take a look:
— Leilani Münter (@LeilaniMunter) April 22, 2019
— tara strong (@tarastrong) April 20, 2019
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) April 21, 2019
There’s a video of @jimmyjohns drunken up & trying to fuck a porpoise. Jimmy John & Papa John gotta be cousins. Hundred bucks they’re fucking too.
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) April 20, 2019
Will never go to Jimmy Johns again! https://t.co/ksV1gL7v5w
— Rod Woodson (@RodWoodson26) April 21, 2019
I will NEVER eat a Jimmy Johns anything.
The glee on this man’s face bespeaks a profound moral rot, a type of incandescent love of cruelty that reaches into the unspeakable.
He didn’t kill to eat or survive. He killed for kicks & giggles. I hope he pays for it forever. https://t.co/IgxGaJQlKx
— Pam Keith, Esq. (@PamKeithFL) April 20, 2019
Do we start a #BoycottJimmyJohns trend??
— Peter Wu (@Liverpotlian) April 20, 2019
I’m in. #boycottjimmyjohns
— sole (@UWS10025) April 20, 2019
I agree. Psychopaths torture and kill animals. It’s one of the signs you look for when you suspect a child of being a future serial killer. Why is it any different if it’s a wealthy adult?
— Wendy Olmstead (@wendyolms) April 21, 2019
I know. And look at that jackass all giddy and the two thumbs up. He thinks that makes him a "real man" too. It is nauseating for real.
— SCDemo – Hey Y'All! (@BluesvilleSC) April 20, 2019
Good to know – I’ll never eat there and I’ll be sure to tell everyone why#boycottjimmyjohns
— Jeanoolson (@Jeanoolson1) April 20, 2019
Wow.. that just did it for me. I love the sandwiches but not this much. #boycottjimmyjohns
— Phil Thomas (@PhillipKCK) April 20, 2019
— Muddy Huddy (@MuddyHuddy) April 20, 2019
PETA President Ingrid Newkirk also spoke out:
Boycott Jimmy Johns, tell everyone why! https://t.co/glzG7QPLbe
— Ingrid Newkirk (@IngridNewkirk) April 21, 2019
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.
Subway is delicious and doesn't support hunting. https://t.co/8sOCLJg8uG
— PETA (@peta) April 21, 2019
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.
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: