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

Jeffrey, This one gets me differently, bcecause this one is totaly PREVENTABLE ~
literaly, you're FIRED , and literaly they aim,shoot and FIRED it dead,, as for aiming, well have you all noticed al the animals they hunt and KILLED are ALL great BIG huge adn ENDANGERED species.. Im sure they probably kiled a white rhino too, but they did NOT photograph it for public consumption. AND , MONEY ,money, money from a client like
the TRUMPS,
the big game hunting company sees to their every,
wickedly greedy, and selfishly,sadistic need.
These spoiled bratts, the TRUMP boys, were born in to WEALTH,
where all the RICH women ie: Momma Ivana -
wears FUR
coats,collars,muffs,wrist collars,hats, plus, plus, plus,,,
like its cotton.
these boys should know better, obviously, they are less than a fraction of a man, an insignificant crumb..
so , Hunting big game Africa is Cool and MANLY ..

then to justify it,, oh, they fed an entire community well they could of instead given the village , plenty of seed and plants to file crops, and cows for milk. and chickens for eggs and meat.. Damn these rich mal contents really piss me off,

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

This is just another example of the rich committing horrible animal murders " because they can". I will never understand the so called thrill out of killing a live thing to watch it die. It must be some kind of a flaw in their genes.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

What a shame to humanity these people are. They are below the level of animals, and one day everything will be returned back to them.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

They are an arrogant bunch. They think they can get away with behavior most people would cringe at or never do, unless they had no conscience. I guess he doesn't. Evidently, all that money doesn't mean good breeding or awareness. He, like other people with his family wealth, should set an example and I agree with you, Jeff, give it to the villagers and perhaps help educate them to learn a trade for survival.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Money doesn't at all buy class! As proven here by these two spoiled self indulgent morons...isn't killing an endangered species illegal? As someone pointed out maybe they should have donated to these villages or to the reserve...They deserve all the backlash they get! And I for one am boycotting all things Trump! I woukdn't want to give these boys any more money to kill with! After all this is how serial killers start out! And I for one would rather just donate my money to that reserve so no more spoiled rich douchbags can go kill any more animals! Not that my opinion matters

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

I don'nt how this vile person can sleep at night i suspect he has no second thought for what he did to this elephant i hope this elephant haunts his dreams.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Donald Trump proudly says he told his kids "don't drink"..."don't smoke"...but holding
the tail of an elephant doesnt cause Trump sr., any concern. Have to wonder if in some
way it was a symbolic slaughter for the "kids". With all the money and power this family
has, this is what they do for entertainment. For all the volunteers that go and help the
elephants, and wildlife...what a slap in the face. Just disgusting...and You TRUMP are
proud of these monsters your spawned. This is why big business is killing the rain
forest and wildlife ....no conscience. only in it for the money....the sport of it all.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Donald Trumps' sons are unsavory, forbidding !!! They have not devotion to animals.
HORRIBLE !!!!!!!
BCC ( Big Cat Conservation ) - Czech Republic - EUROPE

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

this is a really great and important post. thanks very much Jeffrey...

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

...and they didn't know what they were doing.......and at the end there was nothing else left than....... (everyone imagines whatever you like).............and silence...

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