(HUNTING/OP-ED) Photos of 2016 Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump‘s two sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, picture the two men posing with numerous dead animals. In 2011, 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.”

Donald Trump Jr. proudly posing with his kill. Photo credit: Hunting Legends

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.

Jack Carone of In Defense of Animals said it well:

“Privilege has clearly not bought them the sensitivity or wisdom to view the world as anything but their personal playground, including the imagined entitlement to end the lives of sensitive and social animals for mere amusement.”

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.

Trump Jr. poses beside a dead elephant in Africa. Photo credit: Hunting Legends

As Nicole Dao, a spokesman for PETA, puts it:

“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.”

Donald Jr. also wrote on his Twitter, “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.

Donald Jr. repeatedly calls himself a “hunter” on his Twitter, and refers to people who oppose his and his brother’s cruel escapade “eco nuts.”

You don’t have to be nuts to think that severing an elephant’s tail or posing next to an alligator hung in a tree is repulsive. Killing animals for sport is not manly or tough, it’s cowardly.

It’s the 21st century. Entitled people like the Trump boys, Bob Parsons, the CEO of GoDaddy.com, and Sarah Palin need to wake up. Hunting for food is no longer a necessity in most parts of the world.

It’s time to put away the machismo and find another hobby, especially when it comes to endangered African animals like elephants who have complex familial relationships.

Given their acts of cruelty, the Trump brothers have certainly earned themselves a place in Global Animal’s Hall of Shame–take a look.

— Sonia Horon, exclusive to Global Animal

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21 COMMENTS

  1. Clearly none of you even remotely understands anything about hunting. You all seem to be under the impression that the boys walk into Africa, and a cape buffalo just comes up and practically puts the gun to their own head. Hunting is not that simple of a task, it requires patience, tactics, and balls of steel.
    Now to the actual animals themselves, cape buffalo are freakin vicious, and it takes some very skilled marksmanship to take one out. These guys aren’t running around with guns and shooting these animals left and right, the animals have adapted to the environment specifically so that they are good at not getting shot. Also the crocodile, an animal which is basically covered in bulletproof armor, that along with the fact that it runs faster than a human can, and has a bite force (depending on the size) that can take your leg clean off, and the space you have to shoot within is about the size of a dime. And you are claiming that these men have no real balls.
    And the sport of hunting particularly, ever heard of Ted Nugent? he is a very skilled hunter, who hunts only with a bow, and he ONLY eats what he kills, therefore if he doesn’t bring home an animal, he doesn’t eat. What the hell is wrong with you people that you think this is a problem? it is called survival of the fittest for a reason, the animals eat other animals, and do you think that is “sick” and “wrong” as well? We are just another part of the food chain, and the more we veer away from the roots of our ancestors, who did have to hunt to eat, the more we become the nutless future of pussies we are becoming. Yeah guys, it takes some HUGE balls to eat salad, but not with milk or cheese because it is unethical to milk a cow. Really, you people are ridiculous

  2. I looked at a couple of the photos of the Trumps hunting trip. I realize they may be disturbing to some but these are typical hunting pictures. There is absolutely nothing wrong with what they did! Legal hunting is one of the most effective conservation tools in Africa. None of the species they were hunting are terribly threatened, in fact in Southern Africa Elephants are becoming a problem due to over their population
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    The author of this article was extremely biased. No facts were examined. I believe the author of the article is just trying to elicit emotional response from a group of people who clearly know very little about conservation. This type, of one sided writing, doest serve any good purpose except to stir up emotion.
    I’m not a hunter but I fully support the hunting industry if it is done in a manner that is ethical and where minimal suffering for the animals involved is ensured. At the end of the day conservation needs hunting if it’s going to survive.

  3. I think it’s very easy for people to scream and shout about a topic like this, but in reality this happens all the time. Culling is necessary and always will be, many animals especially elephants have to have their population controlled in this way, for their own good. I live in South Africa and have never hunted myself but have many friends who do often. Nobody has to like it, but I think ranting and raving to make yourself feel like you’ve contributed to saving the animals in Africa with some aggressive commenting doesn’t help anyone. Legal hunting is encouraged as it is an economical way to handle culling as well as contributing to the attempt to stop poaching, which is the real problem here that I think many people are confusing this with.

    It’s gruesome yes, and it is sad to see dead animals, but it is necessary and it is legal. Those animals would have been culled (Don’t quote me on the cats – that does seem a bit suspect) and the Trumps were probably charged extortionate amounts of money which will benefit other animals and their safety in the long run.

    Until you are ready to break down your house to make more space for elephants to live in, or you know a little more about the topic being discussed I think you should at the very least reserve your judgement.

    To all the South Africans moaning about this, that game biltong you’re going to eat while watching the rugby wasn’t an old kudu who decided to jump into the air, explode into tiny pieces and land in your brown bag ready for consumption. We all fund this sort of thing with our habits and I personally don’t see the problem with doing a little bit of the dirty work for yourself once in a while.