Donald Trumps' sons, no apprentices of mine

Donald Trump Jr. holds the tail of an elephant he presumably had just killed.I was horrified to see the pictures just released of Donald Trump Jr. and his brother Eric taken from an African safari the pair went on in 2010—during which time they proudly hunted and killed a number of animals including an elephant, leopard, crocodile, kudu, civet cat and waterbuck.

What could have been an opportunity for them to enjoy wildlife in its natural habitat was nothing more than another example Americans hunting wild animals in another country for “fun.”

Confronted with poaching, abduction from the wild for the exotic pet trade, habitat loss, retaliatory killings from human conflict, and over-exploitation for trade in parts such as trophies and use in traditional Asian medicines, animals in the wild are already facing mounting threats and an uncertain future.  Each year hundreds of imperiled African lions are still killed for sport and imported to the U.S. And just recently, 300 to 400 hundred elephants were slaughtered in Cameroon for their ivory.  There is no doubt that wildlife around the world is in crisis.

As a public figure with a famous father, does Donald Jr. really feel the need to exacerbate the issue by smugly holding up an elephant’s tail and the knife he used to saw it off? Did they need to hang a crocodile from a tree?   Do they not remember the backlash that GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons experienced last year after a video of his elephant hunt surfaced online?  Americans are generally not fans of wasteful killing of species already haunted by an unsure future.

The Trumps thought they were doing a heroic deed by donating the meat from the hunted animals back to the villagers. Instead, a more heroic action would have been to forego the hunt, and donate a small portion of their father’s net worth to support the local community and conservation efforts on behalf of local wildlife.

This family should keep their firings in the boardroom--not with a gun on a vainglorious trophy hunt.

--JF

 

Comments: 47

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Disgusting Bastard !!!

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

I find your comment ignorant. Yes people hunt for food, but not endangered species. I do eat beef, pork, etc. I don't eat elephant or leopards though.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

To the person who posted the link about Whit Gibbons, that was in the US--the hunters help control the overpopulation of herds like deer and turkey. They are regulated so they do not overhunt the population and lower its numbers too much. I agree, REGULATED hunters in the US who help keep the population in check is fine. HOWEVER, UNREGULATED hunters who go on safari to kill big game that are endangered by other issues like poaching, environmental encroachment and overhunting are NOT helpful to the population. They assist in its demise. So shame on the Trump boys for showing how money does not equal class or education.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

I agree that hunting is needed to a certain extent, for things like deer, so the population doesn't get out of control. However, when it is an animal like an elephant that is in danger, or a lion, or leopard, there is no good reason for doing so. That is just to say you did it, rather than helping the ecosystem. Hunting big game is mostly just a status symbol. MOSTLY. Not all the time, perhaps, but the majority of the time. I still can't really think of a good reason for it though. "Look, I can afford to kill something that is endangered. I have alot of money." That's what I'm taking from that picture.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

es un verdadero horror ver gente así ;(

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Unbelievable, especially when we now know so much about the intelligence of these creatures. And now we also know about the intelligence of the 'Trump' creatures also...

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

I am absolutely sickened at this. People with the monetary power to make a tremendous difference in the lives of these creatures instead destroy them. Disgusting.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

This is disgusting..The rules obviously do not apply to the rich...how inhumane..

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Anonymous...you seem to think that killing an animal that is endangered ok. You are wrong buddy. Being a vegetarian I can say that I there are more animals killed by way of torture than killed humanely. I think of animals in the wild, especially elephants, as coming from a family. Now a family member is dead. All so he could smile at the camera and show off his elephant tail. Idiot.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

The more money it seems that a person has, the less brains they seem to use. Senseless killing, all to make himself look good? Or was it just for fun? It and he disgusts me.

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