Sonia Horon, Global Animal
Pictures of Donald Jr. and Eric, Donald Trump’s two sons, have emerged on the internet showing the two posing with numerous dead animals. Last year, the Trumps went on a hunting spree in Africa. The animals killed included an elephant, a kudu, a civet cat, a crocodile, and a waterbuck. As word spread and people voiced their outrage, Donald Trump Jr. and his ego went on Twitter and wrote, “u think that went to waste? Hunters don’t do that Villagers who have no meat enjoyed that for weeks and were very grateful.” And when asked what he hunts, the rich boy replied “I hunt it all. Just love to be outdoors w a gun or bow.”
Alright, so maybe the meat didn’t go to waste. According to Don Jr. it also “fed a village for weeks.” So what is our problem? If Donald Jr. cares about the African villagers so much, perhaps he and his brother should donate some of their family’s millions for food. Or use that money to educate themselves on how setting up non-hunting safaris benefits both the villagers and the wildlife. Killing wildlife and claiming it’s for a good cause is a ridiculous excuse to justify a vile hobby. Wildlife is precious and should be preserved, not exploited. A luxury hunting vacation just perpetuates the belief that cheetahs, elephants, rhinos, and other wild animals are of no importance.
Nicole Dao, a spokesman for PETA, said it well, “If the young Trumps are looking for a thrill, perhaps they should consider skydiving, bungee jumping, or even following in their anti-hunting father’s footsteps and taking down competing businesses – not wild animals. Like all animals, elephants, buffalo, and crocodiles deserve better than to be killed and hacked apart for two young millionaires’ grisly photo opportunity. If the Trumps want to help villagers, they have plenty of resources at their disposal.”
On his Twitter Donald Trump Jr. also wrote, “If I eat the meat and villagers eat the meat what’s the difference? People benefit from it and I enjoy it.” The difference is that the animals are being hunted for sport. Whether the meat is used for a good cause afterwards is irrelevant information.