Gallery: Donald Trump’s Sons Under Fire for Photos with Dead Leopard, E...


Real estate mogul Donald Trump’s sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, have come under fire after some gruesome photos showing them posing with a dead leopard and holding a severed elephant tail were released online (see them all here). The photos were taken during a hunting trip in Zimbabwe and originally posted on the Hunting Legends website. They were quickly denounced by PETA and other animal rights and conservation groups.

In response to criticism, Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter, repeatedly defending his actions. “[I am] not going to apologize because some eco nuts want me 2,” he tweeted, and added: “I can assure you it was not wasteful the villagers were so happy for the meat which they don’t often get to eat.”

In a statement released to E!, PETA shot back: “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.” We tend to agree.

Although the Trump boys claim to be proud hunters, and the way the photos are staged suggests that they killed all of those exotic creatures, at least one observer has suggested that the Trumps, like many wealthy hunters, were the beneficiaries of their guides’ hard work.

“The guides do all the work,” travel writer Paula Froelich told the Huffington Post. “They track the animals which are not that hard to find. It’s kind of like finding a rat in New York. Then the ‘hunters’ get out of their jeep, which comes with a fully stocked bar, and get to cut off an elephant’s tail before having another gin and tonic.”



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  1. kcskorner March 24, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Leopards and elephants are endangered. How did they get away with killing them? Did they or are they going to attempt to bring the leopard skin into the US? These two are nothing but spoiled little rich boys who clearly need something to do. They are as worthless to planet Earth as their father is. Maybe on their next hunting trip they will become the hunted. People who hunt for sport get under my skin like a tick.

  2. alixb March 20, 2012 at 10:54 am

    The whole family makes me vomit. Justifying their actions by saying they give the meat to the local villagers?? Please !!! I don’t know for a fact but I doubt the locals eat leopards & water buffalo. Regardless, it is obvious tropy hunting to boost their own ego’s. I hope some rhino finds them on their next trip & hunts THEM down like the pukes they both are.

  3. swamp March 18, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Are we to believe that the leopard, too, was eaten?

  4. beachcomber beachcomber March 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    These guys probably paid $50,000+ – maybe $200 per month goes to the black staff.

    As reported on regional radio CapeTalk567 by presenter John Maytham yesterday, a local South African e-mailed the white boss of the “hunting” business for his comment on the criticisms of this slaughter. His response: – “F*** you, F*** your family, F*** your mother, your face looks like your mother’s **** and on and on.

    So this is the type of degenerate you deal with in the animal killing business. Seems to suit the trump mentality.

  5. Andrew McNaughton March 17, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I just cannot understand how any one can want to kill a leopard, these guys are sick beyond all measure,this really really bad news,
    I despair the human race and people like this,unbelievable,

  6. ResqDogz March 16, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    300WSM says: “There is nothing wrong with hunting animals, provided it is done so legally.”

    REALLY??? There’s a few million of your fellow human beings out here who beg to differ with THAT insanity!

    So, in your myopic opinion -throwing money around makes murder acceptable?

    I wonder if I paid the Trumplets – say $50 each – if they’d continue their “sport”…starting with YOU?

    I’m fairly certain that a few million “wild” animals – who so graciously share their planet with us – would consider THAT to be “legal” (in a Biblical, “eye-for-an-eye” sense)!

  7. beachcomber beachcomber March 16, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Apart from the sickening aspect of “canned hunting” – the process of entrapping game in an enclosed area and then picking them off, this slaughter was done in Zimbabwe, currently governed by the brutal dictator for life Robert Mugabe, who has been responsible for hi sown personal slaughter of innocent opposition in this country for decades now, resulting in millions of Zimbabweans fleeing over the border to South Africa. I know all this as fact – I live here.

  8. 300WSM March 16, 2012 at 8:15 am

    There is nothing wrong with hunting animals, provided it is done so legally.

    The money the Trump boys paid for this safari goes further to helping people and animals in this region than anything PETA or the people who support it have ever done.

    If you want to complain, put your money where your mouths are and do something to make a difference, other than just moaning and groaning, bitching and complaining.

  9. jjsnani March 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Some of the animals these poor little rich boys hunted and killed were endangered. I don’t begrudge the true sport of hunting, but these little creeps were on a “safari” where the game is flushed and then shot within yards. No “hunting” is involved. I wish all peoples their right to live life as they please, but when the extremely wealthy cannot give to the lesser because of their greed and sense of entitlement, then I wish they could learn to be truly human and to treat all creatures, including the human ones, with respect, dignity and love. Trump and his tribe are just losers………less than humane

  10. ecowork March 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    i am so angry that these ignorant fools have been allowed to take the lives of these sacred creatives, shameful.

    we’re challenged as mankind has never been challenged before to prove our maturity and our mastery, not of nature but of ourselves.

    rachel carson

  11. rnbram March 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Froelich needs only claim the Trumps didn’t actually hunt their game for it to be ‘newsy’ & repeatable, but when a Trump says he was “going with” a tribal tradition (see the Huff Post source), it is presented as a sleasy rationalization for some imaginary male blood lust.

    Why are the pictures referred to as “gruesome”, when they are quite sanitized: no blood, no gaping wounds! Compare that with nature: go on YouTube and watch as blood spattered predators eat their prey, though it is still standing, or is down but kicking and braying in agony prey, its guts spilling out, holes gnawed in its neck and head.

    Mankind does it, cleanly and neatly, and it is “gruesome”. Nature does far worse, and its just ‘the Circle of Life’, Gaia’s plan, Mother Earth culling the herd. PETA won’t be satisfied until men are fully reduced to animals. Environmentalists won’t be satisfied as long as human beings have a way of using Nature more effectively than other organisms. Newsflash: mankind evolved that capacity, naturally!

  12. resqdogz resqdogz March 15, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Effin’ spoiled little rich bastards, with nothing better to do than MURDER INNOCENT CREATURES FOR SPORT!!

    Would we expect anything LESS from Trump’s progeny?

    And THIS is the person the Republican prospectives all sought an endorsement from???

    Guess MY political choice has been MORE than solidified with this “sterling example” of one party’s proclivities…

  13. Madravenspeak March 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Mattius is almost as disgusting as the Trump serial killer egos. Force out beliefs on others? You have GOT to be kidding. Serial killers have been destroying our commonwealth for their personal ego idiocy since they set up state agencies on killing license funding. Wildlife watchers bring 10-40 times the revenue to state tax coffers of trophy killers – but we are organizing to claim our rightful majority power. Yep- I would love to use every part of you to rationalize your desmise.

  14. Mattius March 15, 2012 at 9:20 am

    First things first… this isn’t news. The only reason it’s even on here is because they are rich. I do have some news for you though: MONEY = POWER, and wealth allows you to get away with a lot, it’s sort of the point of being loaded.

    Personally I’d never hunt an animal for sport, I find it distasteful. That said: PEOPLE > ANIMALS. I often notice some of the people on here who are utterly fanatical and this is for you – stop trying to force your beliefs onto others.

    Also, they did give the meat away, so it’s not like it went to waste. The fact is nearly every part of those animals would have been used for something in the end.

  15. ggg March 14, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    you guys think you can do whatever you want bcuz you’re rich???? I hope you get absolutely destroyed by nature on your next hunting trip.

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