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Trump Sons Animal Hunt under Investigation

Trump Sons Animal Hunt under Investigation

You may have seen the recent news stories about the African hunting trip taken by two of Donald Trump’s sons where they shot and killed a number of wild animals, apparently for no purpose other than recreation.

Photos of the hunt went viral on social media and they are disturbing. Why a leopard, elephant, crocodile and various other animals had to die for the entertainment of two very wealthy men is really a puzzle, and even an outrage for others.

The copious amounts of bad press appears to have drawn enough attention to the hunt now a conservation group in Zimbabwe is investigating certain aspects of it. The chairman for the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said usually professional hunting guides register with his organization or the government but his group doesn’t have records for the Trump hunt.

He said they are investigating where the money paid by the wealthy businessman went, because there is corruption and unethical conduct happening in some safari operations.

One defense Donald Trump Jr. offered was the meat from the animals they shot was given to local villagers. However, the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force official said no people live in the area where the hunt took place.

Hunting Legends International provided the hunting experience to the Trump sons and they say it was both legal and ethical. Their website published a peculiar statement in relation to the hunting of some wild animals as of March 26, 2012. The misspelling of therefore and lack of an ending period are from their own quote.

“(NOTE: Some inedible animals, are hunted purely for conservation purposes.  They are old & mature male animals, which are beyond their prime productive time,  and therefor put a burden on their own habitat)”

Is it really a conservation service they are providing by leading hunters to  ‘old’ and ‘mature’ males to shoot them? How would they decide which males are too old or mature? Also are they really saying foreigners come to Africa and pay ten thousand dollars to shoot an ‘old’ buffalo? None of their statement seems to make much sense.

One of their Big 5 animals hunts is $750 per night and there are minimum packages of at least ten nights. The elephant hunt is an 18 night minimum, which would cost over $10,000. It seems clear enough the point of these hunts is profit-making and not conservation.

 

Image Credit: Dmitri1999

 

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9:21AM PST on Nov 14, 2012

All of the fallacies of this article aside, it seemed absurd to mention the grammatical errors in the hunting lodge's statements when your article was RIDDLED with its own grammatical errors. Even the statement where Mr. Jake Richardson pointed out the errors in the lodge's statements had its own errors!

11:41AM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

Their attitude and behaviour is despicable!

11:21AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

I hope they have to pay BIG TIME for this mindless slaughter of beautiful African animals. They are totally selfish in their want to kill these beautiful animals, and think that if they pay enough money to the right people, they can get away with it. Well I hope they get hit with huge fines and JAIL time, to be made an example of!

11:58AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Glad to see an investigation. I bet they thought they were untouchable and did not expect the outrage!

12:42PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Don't worry, at this rate there will be none left to worry about.

11:56PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Trumps with all their money - and they go to corrupt Zimbabwe. Zimbabweans need financial help and are short of food and shelter, at the very least. How arrogant and out-of-touch with reality those Trumps are......

9:58AM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

No surprises here...what do you expect from the Trump clan? consideration? Respect? That would be the surprise, that these people were to show those attributes, all they do or say is just for the sake of the mighty dollar nothing else; but also shame on the people that organized these hunts as much as for the people that attend them…how about some conservation tours? I guess as long as there is someone that caters to these people whimsical and hallow wishes we will continue to see these issues again and again no surprises here….

8:34AM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

thanks for sharing

12:58PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Here's a perfect example of white trash with lots of dad's money thinking they can do anything they please. Glad to hear there will be an investigation.

It's truly unfortunate that Donald Trump's mom didn't get an abortion! Since she didn't, the world has to put up with these little punk a$$ trump boys. Little boys with big guns, they need their big guns cause I bet they are little everywhere else!

4:42AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

That's rubbish. Aren't Hunting Legends the ones involved with the shooting of giraffes, in Care2 article a little while ago? As a company they should be closed down. If culling needs to happen it should be up to the rangers or those who have a constant watch on the state of the animal population. These hunters just dive in, shoot what they want and leave, so who can keep a track on this???

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