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.”
THIS HAS TO STOP!! human population is off the charts, and all humans care about is being the dominant species! plus they don't even use the animals for anything! killing cows and chickens is fine (although i feel bad for them) but killing an endangered species?! DOESN'T HELP ANYONE!! NOBODY WILL BE THANKING YOU AND IT WON'T BE WORTH IT!!!
Trump raised these two idiots. The African Leopard in on the NEARING ENDANGERED ANIMAL list. How can someone raise kids to have no remorse or conscience in doing this? Well, BAG MY VOTE, DON, .......you just killed it.
Our forests are disappearing, and our animals are dying out. Our human populations are exploding, and our resources are strained and over-exploited. Millions of domestic animals are being mass bred to be mass slaughtered for mass consumption. This is all unsustainable; our planet is bleeding! I'm writing from a third world country like the ones in Africa. If these rich white guys with tiny dicks and inflated egos come and dangle cash in front of hungry and poor government officials, the officials will not only sell their animals but also their wives and kids for them to hunt and eat. There are other ways of helping the backward, destitute, uneducated rural people of our countries rather than KILLING OFF ANIMALS, especially endangered animals, to feed exploding human populations. The world should be reducing its meat consumption anyway. If any of you care so much about our starving millions, you are free to come and offer your own meat to our people. I am ready to sponsor tickets.
The entire Trump family are generally just a giant, bloated waste of oxygen. The morons don\'t fall far from the idiot. They provide society with absolutely nothing of value. Spoiled little sons of a spoiled little man who can think of nothing better to do with their time than shoot things. That wall Trump wants to build? He should encapsulate himself and his awful family inside and give everyone a rest from their ignorance and stupidity.
Pass the salt!
I read more of the comments....... You people? Are amazingly stupid, hateful, and certainly should keep your opinions to yourself. THE ONLY THING THE TRUMP BROTHERS DID HERE WAS: For whatever reason let these pictures become public. IF THERE HAD BEEN NO PICTURES, THEN YOU HATERS WOULD NEVER HAVE KNOWN. I sure would be careful what gets "put out there" by the Trumps in the future. You're only making a stink because they are the Donald's kids. YOU HATE the Donald, and will take any opportunity to bash him, even through his kids. You are pathetic........... BIG GAME HUNTS HAPPEN ALL THE TIME.Read the post wherein it tells how these hunts are regulated, primarily to keep the animal numbers in check. You can bet that a lot of money flowed into whatever country the hunting was in. So shut your mouths, and change the laws if you are unhappy. You won't do that of course, because as some of you wrote about the Trump brothers sittin back on their lazy asses, You love to sit back on your lazy asses and whine about things you don't like while you sit on your LAZY ASSES in the comfort of you easy chair! AND FOR ALLOWING ME TO WRITE MY OPINION: I THANK YOU
I JUST READ SOME OF THE OTHER COMMENTS. BOY OH BOY I COULD NOT BELIEVE THE HATE MOST EVERTBODY WAS SPEWING. You people are evil, wishing wild animals would attack and kill them, eye. It is not the Trump sons fault that their father is loaded. The participate in a sport rich people like. Search inside yourselves and see if your outrage doesn't come from jealously. WHAT ABOUT PLANNED PARENTHOOD SELLING ABORTED BABY PARTS? Did you have the same outrage over that abomination.......I'll bet you didn't. But for a water buffalo, or alligator, you become haters. GET YOUR PRIORITIES IN ORDER YOU HATERS.
Rich people destroying the world!
DIRTY SCUMS !LIKE FATHER LIKE SONS!
such a family of assholes ...
I loathe everything that comes out of Trump and families mouths. They will buy their way through life never knowing compassion as that cannot be bought. I may not have your wealth but at least I am proud to be a doer of good. You have the means to be able to do so much more than offer villagers the meat of your victim. I think you and your family are a disgrace to this country as you all sit there and smile as you write checks to everybody to buy their vote. Ugh... you disgust me.
Hunting is a SICK sport practiced by individuals with a sick spirit or soul. Just saying.
Rich People. Do you think that they care for you, anymore than the care for the "Game" that they kill?? Why would you vote for any one of these a-holes??
All the money in the word and not a brain cell between them. Charmingly American I suppose.
They are lucky they have a father who is loaded. I've never even hunted outside of my own state, let alone a different country. Consider me jealous.
How about a picture of a group of Leopards gathered around the carcasses of the two Trump boys?
The liberals protest this picture but it was OK for the people who beat the daylights out of a white male to post his picture on Facebook.
this is not hunting your on a game perserve,your nothing but a loser,u make me sick killing animals like this,grow up u brain dead loser.
So they went on Safari...so what?...It's legal..the meat is not wasted..it goes to needy villages etc...you idiots need to shut up and sit down....obviously not hunters...
Oxygen is wasted on ignorant beings.
Daddy needs to send these two spoiled, entitled, environmentally bankrupt turds on a hunting trip for illegals who have committed felonies !
Yea! Its called hunting, you wussbags!
little rich punks, OMG, two little punk ass bitches
More proof that money doesn't buy you brains, dignity and respect. #Douchebags
Should feed those idiots to the lions...
What a first class 1% Jack Ass. Like father like son. This idiot is the poster boy why we need a 91% Eisenhower era tax rate on this rich people who piss away society's wealth killing animals for sport. This of what a trip like this costs, then think of the massive amount of poverty, unemployment and homelessness exist within our society. Think of how many people could be brought out of poverty if all the jack-asses like Trump did not spend money on crap like this. This is an example of cultural and social terrorism.
Wait...people eat leopard and elephant? No, boys, you guys are killing for fun. If you were doing it to feed people, you wouldn't feel compelled to pose with the creatures you just murdered.
You spoiled sub-human piece of crap. you have no compassion for our animal world. Donald Trump your son is immoral without love or passion for our Animal Kingdom. You will never be president due to the fact that you never taught your spoiled brat son the love for our earth and the life she gives birth to.
Not one of use would be here today if something wasn't hunted, Why do we a see a picture and don't know the whole story, blow it up and go off the wall before knowing the whole story,Big Game Hunts are regulated and controlled by the Government with some being darted hunts with the local wildlife officers and vets the animals are tranquilized,, given a health check vaccinated,tagged,revived and released ! you can't just jump off the plain and shoot a leopard because your rich or just want to kill something there are tags and restrictions for proper harvesting of all game animals in today's world or your a scum bag poacher! Yes some areas are low in leopard counts and some areas over run and need animal control to protect animal's not to mention the monies and jobs that the locals need to survive ! If it was legally taken what is the big deal ?
small penis syndrome... :D
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A chip off the old block. Now they are certified assholes.
The reason so many people are concerned and outraged is because Elephants and Leopards are an endangered species and these rich,over privileged bastards have no idea,nor do they give a shit what impact this could have on Zimbabwe's ecosystem if everyone with money did something like that!! Who knows just this one action could already be impacting it.
... Geez, here we have more falsely badly raised and empowered fools with bags of money. These murderous and psychotic kids are perfect tea party republicans. … … Poppa Donald Trump! You are the perfect third party candidate! You are even more perfect than Mitt Romney. Of course, you know that Romney's family lived in Mexico for years. Send the boys down there to hunt for rapists and smugglers! Go Donald! Go Donald! Go Donald! ... ... ...
Extend the compassion; go vegan.
rnbram. I don't think people have a problem with cattle, deer, or other prey animals being killed. I don't think people have a problem with defensive actions against life threatening situations. And I don't think people have a problem with regulated hunting practices, that aide in the natural biosphere, because after all, humans have impacted "wild" environments. No, people have a problem with a bunch of wealthy, spoiled kids, paying high sums of money, to go out and kill big predator game, and to do it simply for the photo op. This isnt about "survival". This is about the lowest form of masculinity to make yourself feel "like a man". There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of things, in today's society, that their money could go towards, to help mankind... and their worthless existence thought this was the most appropriate. They are truly worthless, and their lives literally hinder the progress of society. If they died tomorrow, their money would be put to better use, and everyone would be better off for it.
Scanning the comments below, everyone assumes the Trumps have done something disgusting. Why? I think it obvious that most of these people anthropomorphize animals –even asserting Animals should have Rights (an intellectual and political impossibility). Imagine the absurdity: you want Rights for deadly carnivores, but probably understand that we should take away the rights of human murderers by incarcerating them for life. Big Cats are, by their genetic constitution, pre-programmed as killers of human beings. Yet, you want to give them Rights? Maybe you are not that crazy, and only raise the status of animals to some kind of Green Holiness. Nope, not good enough: Where were you people when the leopards in India began dragging off and eating Indian children? The leopards come right into homes and courtyards to haul off children. http://youtu.be/rCMjfqAYDqc http://youtu.be/tqHMorCRBhE Who among you eats chicken? Who among you wears leather? You are true hypocrites. Who among you are vegetarian? What, you are defending a carnivore even as you refuse to eat meat. You are an even worse hypocrite than the meat eaters. Oh, and you are butchering plants. Plants are trying to live too! No, the Trump brothers have done NOTHING wrong at all. Just as you eat chickens or butcher plants or defend animal meat eaters while attacking human meat eaters, they are killing meat. Leopards do not know they are alive, and they do not know they kill in the way we understand. They just do what they do, and that is all. Now, let's suppose you like Big Cats, as do I (but with serious respect). The only correct thing for you to do is to gather like minded people, and accumulate enough wealth to create an enormous game preserve, with insurmountable fences to keep the animals in. Ecology groups acquire billions of dollars per Year. The money is there. But, instead they work to cut down human beings, human economics, human use of the environment, human food, human energy. You Green, anti-hunting people are misanthropists first, and lovers of the natural environment second.
This is not sport it is disgusting. I have never been able to understand why the rich and o so entitled of the world, try to prove their manhood by killing animals for sport. A real man would be comfortable in his OWN skin, not that of an animal he has taken down with a weapon an animal has no chance against. How manly is that!!! Shame on you. Just remember KARMA is the real bitch and hopefully he or she has four legs.
Trump and all like him are killers! they kill for fun, not to feed the villagers, just a lame excuse for for these cowards. Go and shoot at something that shoots back.and leave the wild life alone. Fanie Visser
I'd be a lot more fine with what these guys did if the animals had an equal opportunity to hunt and kill them.
Disgusting. What would be the purpose of killing such majestic animals? Show off to your friends what an asshole you are? Because if thats what you want to show the world, than congratulations you succeeded. YOU ARE ASSHOLES!
What an embarrassment are these men to humanity!!! Why are you shooting the vulnerable? If you have the audacity go and fight crime... not these defenseless animals that have no access to weapons of mass destruction. You guys are disgusting and go find yourself something more constructive to do with that money. Why dont you use the money for conservation rather than destruction? You are fired losers!!!
Dear trump brothers. In a world run by money and falling apart at the seams, it is the wealthy who can enact the greatest change. You privileged few have an obligation to enact greatness not sit on spoiled asses seeking pleasure for only yourselves. Grow up and be men, instead of teat sucking rotten wealth babies.
I DID think these guys were pretty decent until I saw this dreadful display of evil, selfish acts of violence, in the name of giving food to the villagers .. PULEEEZE! With their millions, they could feed all of Africa without harming a single wild animal. These were probably hunts where the animals are stocked in certain areas to make them easy prey. They call this "sport". What a joke!!! You must be very proud of yourselves. How about donating that money you spent on these trophy hunts to those "villagers". Better still, why don't you spend a few million on PROTECTING these wild animals? How I wish I could wipe those silly smiles off your faces. Your father must be VERY proud! Get a REAL life boys. Signed, a proud eco nut.
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.
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.
Are we to believe that the leopard, too, was eaten?
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.
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,
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)!
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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...
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.
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.
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.