Graphic photos of Donald Trump’s two sons posing with the corpses of wild animals they hunted during an African safari have animal activists outraged. Sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric are defending their actions, which include the mutilation of an elephant by cutting off its tail with a knife.
In August 2010, Donald Jr. and his brother Eric spent a week in Zimbabwe on a hunting trip organized by Hunting Legends, a South African company that specializes in big game safaris for wealthy clients.
During their hunt the Trump sons were photographed in offensive poses with a slain Cape buffalo, a waterbuck, a leopard, a civet cat, a crocodile, a kudu and an elephant. One picture showed a crocodile strung by its neck from a tree, another showed Donald Jr. propped up next to a buffalo while Eric posed with another buffalo with two rifles positioned in its horns.
PETA voiced their opinion about another photo that showed Donald Jr. holding the tail of an elephant in one hand and a knife in the other, with the body of the animal in the background.
“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,” PETA said in a statement.
The safari story was first reported by Wildlife Extra and the pictures made their way to YouTube.
Donald Jr. defended the actions of his brother and himself. He said on Twitter that the hunts are designed to keep down wildlife numbers and the money he spent is used for conservation.
“I am also not going to apologize because some eco nuts want me 2,” he wrote in one tweet. “I AM A HUNTER I don’t hide from that…Just love to be outdoors w a gun or bow.”
“I can assure you it was not wasteful – the villagers were so happy for the meat which they don’t often get to eat,” Trump added.
Johnny Rodriquez, of the Zimbabwe Conservation Taskforce disagreed with Donald Jr. He said the area where the men hunted was “sparsely populated” so it was highly unlikely the meat benefitted any villager.
Hunting Legends assured everyone the Trump’s safari was 100 percent legal. The number of animals allowed to be killed is controlled by the United Nations, but is supposed to be administered by individual countries. Many of these governments do not have the funds to keep track of how many animals are hunted each year and populations are diminishing. Elephant populations are one of these species and the African Black Rhinos are already considered nearly extinct.
Below are pictures of the Trump sons trophy kills (graphic)
Photo Credit: DerekKeats