CLAIM

Jimmy John Liautaud, the owner of Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, is a big game hunter.

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RATING

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ORIGIN

On 10 June 2011, the web site Smile Politely uncovered photos purportedly showing Jimmy John Liautaud, the founder of Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, posing with various dead “trophy” animals, including an elephant and a leopard:

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The man pictured in the above-displayed photographs certainly bears a striking resemblance to Mr. Liautaud. The photographs are also no longer available on the Johan Calitz Safaris’ Facebook Page.

While we cannot definitively say that the man pictured in the above-displayed photographs is Jimmy John Liautaud (we’ve reached out to both Jimmy John’s and Johan Calitz for comment), we can say that The Hunting Report, a magazine that has been covering “high-quality big game hunting in North America and Africa” since the 1980s, has recorded several of Liautaud’s hunts for animals such as wolf, Rhinoceros, deer, and Lynx.

The Hunting Report also has a record of Jimmy John Liautaud (although misspelled “Liaufand”) going on a big game hunt in Botswana for Elephant, Buffalo, and Zebra with Johan Calitz Safaris:

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There is no evidence that any of the above-mentioned activity was illegal. Big game hunting is legal in many parts of the world, and some claim that it can be beneficial to conservation efforts. Johan Calitz Safaris, for instance, writes on their Facebook page that their safaris benefit local communities:

Johan Calitz Safaris offers fair-chase dangerous and plains-game safaris to the discerning hunter in remote wilderness areas in Africa.

Conservation through sustainable utilization in cooperation with local communities and conservation organisations.