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

I laugh at the majority of the comments because of the ignorance and lack of education. If you all would take a quick moment to educate yourself about what hunters actually do and how they positively impact and better the world we live in, then maybe you would take an unbiased stance on what these guys are actually doing. Take a moment to read Whit Gibbons overview of how hunter's help (http://srel.uga.edu/ecoviews/ecoview071111.htm). Honestly, the majority of people who comment here probably have eaten a burger, chicken or fish of some sorts. It's the same thing. You all need to stop being hypocrites and get off your high horse of thinking these guys are out to kill. I'm not a Trump fan by any means, but the money they spent on this hunt helped the conservation of these animals and also fed villages you probably have no clue about. Those pictures were probably not meant to be paraded around with the idea that they would offend people who don’t believe in hunting. Believe it or not, the majority of hunters are respectful like that. The next time you eat a tasty burger, pork, chicken etc… they were all butchered in some manner. Just remember, the same thing happened with the elephant… real hunters don’t kill – they harvest.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Simply APPALLING!!! NO RESPECT for God's Animals!!! He doesn't need them to eat!...Just for FUN of KILLING some of our rare and quickly disappearing Wild and Innocent,who in the Bible, WE are suppose to take CARE OF! When I look at his GRIN while holding the TAIL of that Elephant..I could PUKE!!!

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Wow.... so much money, and that's how they choose to behave. Gross.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

I have recently come across this quote: "There are some people that poor, that the only thing they have is money." It somehow seemed to fit in here where obviously Donald Trump Jr. lacks any reasonable thinking, let alone empathy...

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank you for your words. Trump's sons have sickened me.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes. It's an outrage. Get a life. Kill someone that can fight back.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

I am disgusted. What a pathetic, cowardly little man!

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