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

What a couple of loser low lifes.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

wankers

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Imagine what these unconscious people can do to there immediate environment: friends, employees, consumers. Imagine if they were leaders in in a war. Imagine...

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

horrific and sick and every way. unfortunately, nothing will change in their mindset. i am not surprised though - the TRUMP name has never been a positive one.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

I always thought this dude has a serial killer vibe. Now I'm convinced

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Floken's article is well said. Thank You.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Ignorance and lack of education?? really??
And your best argument in support of gratuitously killing wild animals of endangered species is that we eat chicken and beef? really?

There is no excuse or validation for killing animals for trophies. It only shows the really ugly side of human nature. These are disgusting people

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

I don't need to take a minute to educate myself on what hunters to do to know that once again, rich people doing what they do just for the fun of it. Sure I eat chops and steaks and such, but the fact is, these are animals that we breed to nourish us. Wild animals in Africa may be the natural diet for africans, but maybe we should just butt out and let them take what they need and leave the rest alone to be shot the way they should be, with a camera.

Disgusting, but then again, they are Trumps

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Sad! Rich & primitive!

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Absolutely BEYOND revolting! What is the matter with these people? Do they rally think they are doing a "good deed" by killing these exotic animals and donating their meat?? I intend to avoid at ALL costs ANYTHING TRUMP.

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