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Animal Hunt Loses Sponsor for Trump

Animal Hunt Loses Sponsor for Trump

Donald Trump’s sons recently went on an African hunting spree where they shot and killed an elephant, crocodile, kudu, civet cat, and waterbuck for recreation. Donald Trump didn’t travel with them and wasn’t involved in the animal shootings. However, one of the sponsors of Celebrity Apprentice ended their business relationship, when the company found out about Donald Junior and Eric Trump’s African safari. The CEO of  Camping World said, “I wouldn’t spend another nickel with them.” (Source: Globe and Mail)

Photos of the hunted animals are here. (Warning: disturbing images)

Killing innocent wild animals for recreation is nothing more than wanton wasting of life. Some might say if they eat the animals, it would make killing them acceptable, but it wouldn’t, because the two extremely wealthy men already have an abundance of options available to them for food. So hunting and killing them was completely unnecessary. Also, consider the fact there are organized safaris in Africa that support conservation of wild animals, due to their tragic decline because of human activities.

The Earth Watch Institute offers research trips around the world, where participants pay to join a scientific team and help to support the project by working with the scientists. These expeditions help conserve species and habitat. One in Kenya focused on endangered black rhinos costs about $2,500 for 15 days, not including airfare.

If extremely wealthy people who are also famous and appear regularly on TV could choose to help conserve wild animals instead of killing them, it would raise the visibility of these research efforts.

Donald Trump Jr. defended his actions on Twitter, writing, “As a hunter I love wildlife too. And btw I bet the money I spend on licence fees that goes back to the animals is a lot more than the antis give for sure.” (The Sun)

Isn’t such an attitude – that money can buy anything – a significant part of the problematic outlook which defines animals as expendable, so cruelty can be dismissed as long as the perpetrator is wealthy?

Image Credit: Gary / Creative Commons

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12:51AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Trump must stop hunting and focus on conservation as payback to the earth.cheers

11:26PM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

Ya, Trump is the typical Nazi, animals are "expendable" and so are WOMEN. Donald Trump is a self centered, arrogant prick who has absolutely no empathy for anybody.

11:39AM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

I wish they had learned a lesson from this.

7:33AM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

nice to see kharma come around so quickly

1:48AM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

very interesting, thanks for sharing this

6:38AM PDT on Apr 9, 2012

thanks for sharing

11:14PM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

You know, to hunt for recreation just shows how violent some people are. If it's fun to kill, just because, then I'd hate to see how they treat their spouses behind closed doors. I think what ought to happen is for the banks to take various envelopes of their money, and hide them. have them in different denominations from $100 all the way up to $1mil. Let people who are unemployed and under the poverty line go "hunting", such as a scavenger hunt for this money. The Trumps are not allowed any weapons nor body guards, to level the playing field. If they find their own money at the same time as the money hunter, they have to do a challenge of sorts. Whom ever wins the challenge gets the money, unless they find it undefended. Then it's just theirs to keep. Hows that for hunting for entertainment?

10:47AM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

I hope a lot more sponsors discontinue their relationship with Trump. How dare his sons think they can get away with shooting these beautiful animals with the arrogant "my donation is way more!" crap.

10:43AM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

What scum. They clearly think they can do whatever they want and get away with this sort of shit because they have more money than most people on the planet. Just throw money at a problem and it will go away.

Well I'm glad to see that Celebrity Apprentice lost sponsors over the shootings. I hope you loose a lot more support, Trump.

7:57PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

thanks

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