Donald Trump Jr. defends killing exotic animals in Africa, including an elephant


TMZ has a photo of Trump Jr. holding up an elephant’s tail he’s just cut off like he’s super proud

Last year Donald Trump Jr., 34, went on a safari to Zimbabwe and killed at least one elephant, a kudu, a civet cat, a crocodile and a water buck. He then proudly posted photos online. Somehow TMZ just found out about it, the photos got leaked and/or little Trumpy just put them online. Well now he’s defending himself on Twitter and sending snarky remarks back to anyone who questions his killing of majestic animals. He’s saying that the animals were in the open and weren’t fenced, that what he did was legal, and that he gave the meat to local villagers. He still killed a freaking elephant for God’s sake. Didn’t anyone read Babar to him when he was a kid? You can read this douche’s twit-fits if you want, and TMZ has a summary too. I’m just going to quote the original TMZ story because he disgusts me so much and I don’t want to give him any more credence than he deserves:

Donald Trump’s two sons went on a big game hunt in Africa, and the carnage they wrought has triggered outrage by wildlife enthusiasts.

Donald’s sons — Donald Jr. and Eric — went on a hunting safari in Zimbabwe a year ago this month, and proudly showed off their trophy kills — including an elephant, crocodile, kudu, civet cat and water buck.

In one shot, Donald Jr. is holding a dead elephant’s tail in one hand and a knife which appears to have cut off the tail in another.

A wildlife enthusiast’s website has just created a YouTube video of the slaughter expressing outrage.

As for Donald Trump, he tells TMZ, “My sons love hunting. They’re hunters and they’ve become good at it. I am not a believer in hunting and I’m surprised they like it.”

Trump added, “I know that anything they did was 100% OK in terms of the hunting community.”

I googled “is Elephant hunting legal in Zimbabwe,” and I came across this site for elephant conservation that states that it is legal, and it’s called “culling” and is used to justify population control. They tell some devastating stories about killing elephants though. Warning on this passage, it might make you get welled up like I did:

The southern African countries (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia) claim they have too many elephants and so they solve the problem by killing them.

When they kill elephants, they have to kill the whole family. They have discovered over the years, that if they don’t kill all the members of an elephant family, those left are terribly traumatized and because eles can communicate over long distances through the use of infra sound, other herds find out about the massacre. And elephants never forget.

An elephant conservationist from Kenya was taken up in a small plane to fly over the elephants in Kruger Park of South Africa where they slaughter their elephants. Much to his surprise the eles fled in a panic at the sound and sight of the plane. He had never seen this happen in Kenya. He asked his South African host about this who thought it was normal! The eles remember culling and where responding to the plane with fear.

There is the story of a slaughter taking place. A mother elephant was shot but not quite dead. The man doing the evil deed was lifting his rifle up to shoot her daughter. The dying elephant lifted her trunk and put it on the man’s arm to pull it away from the rifle. To keep him from killing her baby. They feel just like we do. They love just like we do. They fear death just like we do.

[From KrystalParks.com]

The article goes on to say that it’s possible to control the elephant population successfully with just birth control shots. Reading this story, a lot of things come to mind involving Donald Trump Sr. and birth control too.

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  1. Leikyn says:

    Just because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you should.

  2. aenflex says:

    Donald Tump Junior is a clueless douchebag.

  3. Maripily says:

    How horrid. Elephants are such beautiful creatures, I can’t imagine feeling okay with killing one.

  4. Marjalane says:

    Yeah, and I bet he pretends it’s Daddy right before he shoots. Such a gross family.

  5. Asli says:

    I’m so angry I’m shaking right. They have absolutely NO right to kill those poor animals. Population control my ass – that’s an excuse for their conscience. And don’t even get my started on this POS Trump-family.

  6. tifygodess24 says:

    The one thing many people don’t realize or even care about, is that animals feel pain and have emotions just like humans do. They are not just dumb animals that can be treated anyway humans decide because people choose to think they are insignificant. So very sad.

  7. lucy2 says:

    That’s disgusting. Why am I not surprised?
    If he wants to shoot stuff, start with that demented badger on his father’s head.

  8. capepopsie says:

    He´s a jerk, that´s all I´ve got to say. We should be preserving Africas wild life, not taking it down, just for the fun of it. Elephants are great, they have this real good memory, so let´s just hope he doesn´t decide to return and meet the rest of the flock unarmed. Obviously brains don´t always come with money. Sad, sad, sad. . .

  9. Cody says:

    I guess if your last name is Trump you have a license to do anything you want without regard to its consequences.

  10. Sunnyjyl says:

    I had a few pithy remarks about Jr., but they all boil down to, YUK!

    • only1shmoo says:

      He sounds like an egotistical, self-entitled pr*ck. Also, is it just me, or does he bear an uncanny resemblance to Scott Disick? Hey, here’s a challenge for all you ladies: we’ll call it “Battle of the Douches, Who Would You Least Rather…?”

      Honestly, the crocodile Donald Jr. killed probably had a warmer heart than him. No self-respecting woman would hop on that unless she was just in it for the cash!

  11. mel says:

    He is clearly the number one pick for the Douchebag of the year award….OMG…that literally makes me sick to my stomach.

  12. Revlon10 says:

    Who has the right to say there are too many elephants?

    Hunting really??? was he bare footed walking for miles into the jungle with spears, needing the meat to feed his family. Or was it a Disney like park setup just for tourist to pretend they are hunters with a gun, a fashionable hunting outfit and a photo op at the end of the day, a guaranteed paid kill.

    • Seagulls says:

      EXACTLY. In general, I don’t have a problem with hunting (elephant hunting? Really?). Where I grew up that was a pretty big activity at different parts of the year. But you know what? People actually hunted. And then ate what they killed. But they went out at three am, sat in a deer stand for ten hours, and, usually, never shot a damn thing. I hate the idea of these per packaged hunts. It’s embarrassing and disgusting.

      • bros says:

        this is truly gross. they reserve elephant hunting for the richest of the rich shitheads to kill on their hunting trips. elephants have very sophisticated brains and emotions. this is almost like killing a human, in my opinion. and no one eats elephant meat. he’s truly revolting.

      • LAK says:

        the latest thing is to ‘hunt’ giraffes.

        I use ‘hunt’ because giraffes aren’t hostile animals. No need to hunt them because they are very curious animals that will wander into your yard to say hello, but now people ‘hunt’ them!!!!

        ps;- Elephants in Kenya have been known to go back to areas where their members were killed and trample any living thing they find in revenge. It is what proved that elephants have memories. It’s amazing. They have been known to do it years or even generationally. We should send these Trump kids to Kenya and watch them get trampled.

    • sandra says:

      You know it was an easy set up kill. Did anyone see the last CA episode where they “fired” Adam Carrolla? I couldn’t believe how the family kept cutting off the celebrities to keep harping on about their thoughts on the situation. Had to LOL when Adam Carrolla answered “I was tumescent” and the Donald said “huh”? Carrolla answered with “it’s a big word, google it”. Bet Don Jr got tumescent with a gun in his tiny paw …

  13. TheOriginalKitten says:

    You know, animal lovers completely understand and recognize that animals DO feel things-maybe not in the identical way that we humans do, but they have animal “emotions” and animal “feelings”. But even for those animal-haters that argue that animals DON’T have feelings, that they’re “just animals”, devoid of emotion– even THEY would have to admit that elephants are different. There have been studies to show that elephants are as sentimental, emotional, and sensitive as humans. They are one of the more socially complex species out there. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/10/061030183310.htm

    It’s just so revolting that any human could hurt them. The Trumps have always struck me as vapid, souless individuals. This really confirms what I already knew.

  14. PDog says:

    This is a really heated topic of discussion in South Africa at the moment with our huge problem of Rhino Poaching. Legal hunting of animals (including Rhino) is still allowed for hunters prepared to pay a massive fee. They will usually only allow lone bulls to be the target though, obviously to avoid the problems described in the article.

    The game parks and some conservationists argue that this brings in much needed revenue for the parks to survive, and of course the population control issue. Which is honestly a real problem, as there are only so many parks and particularly bulls (male elephants) cause chaos when relocated by fighting with other males etc. It is obviously also extremely expensive to move them.

    Its such a difficult one though, because i think the majority of South Africans feel that it sends the wrong message to poachers (that hunting for profit is okay) and are disgusted by the idea of rich douche-bags trying to gain masculine pride by using guns against animals that would kill them in a second in a fair fight.

    Especially with elephants, they are incredible intelligent in so many ways, including emotional intelligence. Its heart-breaking to think about.

    • elly says:

      Hunting really is such a controversial topic; especially when people start talking about culling as a way to control the population.

      If you really do care about the issue and want to understand the motivations behind it – read “Elephant Song” by Wilbur Smith.

      “We estimate that thirty thousand elephant would be an ideal population for Zimbabwe. A single beast requires up to a ton of vegetable matter each day, and he will push over trees that have taken many hundreds of years to grow, even trees with trunks four feet in diameter, to obtain that food.’

      ‘What will happen if you allow that huge herd to flourish and to breed?’

      ‘Quite simply, in a very short period they will reduce this park to a dust bowl, and when that happens the elephant population will collapse. We will be left with nothing – no trees, no park, no elephant.”

      Here’s a link to a longer excerpt from the book. http://www.wilbursmithbooks.com/books/standalone/elephant-song

      While you may not agree that hunting is one way that elephant culls can generate income; or that we shouldn’t be killing them in the first place; the fact remains that it needs to be done. Just as with deer culls.

      • LAK says:

        MAny of these animals have been forced into safari parks when they used to roam freely. Culling is just keeping the numbers down to fit a small space.

        Many of the animals hunted in these safari parks have bonds that as humans would be recognised. saying that meat is given to the locals is BS. these animals are hunted as trophies, nothing else.

        Some of these animals don’t breed as rapidly as an annual hunt would justify.

        And as several commentors have said, just because you can, it doesn’t mean we should.

        ps;- Humans are the most over populated animals. Maybe we should start human hunts.

      • Misty says:

        Several years ago your country, South Africa, convened an international task force to look at culling. The conclusion: Culling is problematic and there are other solutions — birth control, relocation (again problematic) and reopening elephants’ natural inter-country migration routes.

        It’s really not the elephants who are the problem — it’s the rapidly increasing human population. Human birth control should be one of the solutions, too.

        Culling is the easy but short-sighted fix. In fact, there is evidence that culling backfires and that elephants reproduce more to replace their missing family members.

        Humans have screwed with nature for so long and every time we try to fix something we only screw it up more. Any estimates about how many eles an area can sustain are just that — guesses. I pray for the day when humans seek to live with nature, not conquer it.

      • Hootie Hoo says:

        Elephants are not the cause of the dust bowl crisis. It is the cattle that is eating all the vegetation.

      • 22 says:

        Why is birth control problematic?

  15. Waldemar says:

    If it wasn’t for us humans, elephant (next to dolphins and bonobos) are the most social intelligent beings on this planet.

    I don’t count this Trump to be a human. Vile, rich, self entitled little prick.

    Next to that, they are culling these elephants only because WE take their space.

  16. Jill says:

    To what purpose? As a trophy to hang on his wall? I think his head would look good as a trophy on the wall. What a disgusting creep.

  17. Valerie says:

    Oh! The bit about the mummy trying to save her baby made me cry!

    What a sicko. I’m not some animal rights activist or anything, but I don’t understand how anyone could enjoy hunting. Wanting to harm animals is a sign of sociopathy.

    • PDog says:

      There was an anti-poaching photo circulating on Facebook a little while back, with a baby rhino lying over his moms neck. At first you don’t realise and it just looks like the sweetest image, but then you see the mom’s horn has been removed and that she has died. The little baba is just lying there over her, probably trying to in part protect her but also draw comfort from her. Truly one of the most horrific images I’ve ever seen.

      This baby was lucky though, usually they just kill both. And this is happening almost every day in South Africa. At least the number is recorded and tracked here. God knows how many are killed in the same way in Zim.

    • LAK says:

      Did you know that even scary animals like Hippos mourn their dead. The entire herd gathers together at night and they make these moaning, sad, horrific cries when one of them dies.

  18. Rhiley says:

    I saw the pictures yesterday on TMZ and they were really heartbreaking, especially the one in which he is holding the elephant’s tail in his hand. It was so sad and the smug smile on his face was so gross. More times than not, PETA gets on my nerves and I often I disapprove of their approach to activism, but Donald Trump is a spoiled, lazy, creepy, weasley punk so any backlash he gets is well deserved.

  19. lilred says:

    He lives in a concrete “jungle” I say we declare open season on his stupid ass.

  20. Eleonor says:

    Dear Mr.Trump jr just because you need to breathe it doesn’t mean you have to speak. Try with the silence, there will be a chance someone can think you are intelligent.

  21. Tazina says:

    This is the ultimate creep. He belongs with those other scum bags who are going to Africa and trophy hunting the beautiful giraffes, then posing happily with the poor animals’ carcasses. Someday soon these and many other endangered animals will only be left in zoos.

    The whole Trump family are arrogant azzholes, no class whatsoever.

    .

  22. beta says:

    chelsy davy’s (prince harry’s on/off gf) family owns a safari in Zimbabwe with hunting rights. I tracked it down once after reading it somewhere in the gossip blogosphere.

    Its disgusting, killing animals for pleasure.

  23. Ravensdaughter says:

    Let’s send him off in the backwoods of Canada with no weapons and no bear bells-grizzly meat!
    A–hole.

  24. jc126 says:

    I’ve been sick just thinking about this since I saw it on TMZ yesterday. Absolutely revolting, disgusting, loathsome. You can tell even their father doesn’t approve, since normally he’d be 100% behind them.

    How can anyone do this? Hunt to live and eat if you must. Trophy hunting is despicable.

  25. Li says:

    I always find population control to be one of the most ironic excuses for killing animals when it’s humans who are over populating and completely draining the earth of its resource and beauty.

    • annie says:

      That is probably the statement of the century. I love my animals more than most people in this world. All they want is love and affection

    • Reece says:

      Thank you! Just what I was going to say.

    • Pia says:

      It depends. I understand where you are coming from, and I agree there are far too many humans on this planet. The thing is, animal populations can rise and fall due to other things besides human intervention. When a population reaches its peak, it dwindles down to a manageable number. I live on a small island where the deer population can get quite large, because they have nowhere else to go. They started a cull period every fall, (hunting was not allowed on the island previously) because the population grew so large that they were starving to death over the winter. Every human could move away tomorrow and it wouldn’t change that. Of course, this is deer I’m talking about. The thought of killing elephants breaks my heart and I wish that there was more that could be done, like the whole birth control thing. Humans aren’t going anywhere soon, the least we can do is figure out more humane ways to maintain populations.

  26. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    These Trumps need to stop breeding, this is horrible – what an entitled douchebag to the max. I wonder how he’d be faring if Daddy wasn’t rich – stick him on the down town east side and see what happens.

  27. Misty says:

    Thank you for this post! Big game hunters always say they’re helping the locals by giving them the meat of whichever animal they’ve killed. Big deal — that makes for a few meals.

    Zimbabwe is an incredibly corrupt country. You can be sure Trump paid well for his killing privileges and that no one living in poverty saw a cent.

    Elephants are one of the species most like humans. They have complex societies: females stay with their families for life and they have a large network of friends. Males are not solitary; they tend to travel in loose bachelor groups. So when you kill an elephant, it affects the larger elephant society.

  28. Suzy (from Ontario, Canada) says:

    When I saw the picture of him holding the elephants tail I literally felt like throwing up. How is this legal? This is so wrong that I feel like crying. Why does anyone think this makes them a man? What it makes them is cruel and heartless.

  29. reg says:

    Uk Daily Mail also published photos of American Families who go on these hunts to kill adorable giraffes.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2089806/The-giraffe-hunters-pay-10-000-shoot-gentle-giants-guns-bows-sport.html

    I can’t stand this jerk for killing helpless animals, a civet cat is a very small animal, why would he even bother killing a civet cat?

    • Rumorhasit says:

      Because he became bored of shooting the house cats in the alley behind daddy’s mansion….you can’t begin to justify why people like this do these sorts of things. Wealth doesn’t buy logic, consciousness, accountability, or good old common sense.

  30. kira says:

    Elephants are some of the most amazing animals on this planet. I read about this poacher who became an activist. He said he witnessed an elephant leading another elephant to safety. He noticed that the elephant being led was blind, and the one doing the leading didn’t want his friend to be left behind to the poachers. The poacher said he stopped hunting after he saw this, and decided to become an activist.

    Really terrible to hear that beautiful animals are being killed for sport. The argument that there is too many of them simply doesn’t wash. Once in Africa, there used to be millions of elephants. Now, they number down into the hundreds of thousands. Too many? By what count?

    There aren’t too many of them and they know it. For each kill, the hunter needs to pay for a pricey license, fees, etc. It’s about the cash–pure and simple.

  31. Samigirl says:

    I was born and raised in the South. Hunting is prevalent. I understand culling (hello, dear season), but I have never been able to get behind hunting. No, I’m not a vegetarian, but I just couldn’t physically shoot a poor defenseless animal. This is so sad, and just thinking about them offing a baby elephant really makes my eyes tear up :(

    I don’t see how someone could be proud of that?!

    • irishserra says:

      Hi Samigirl,

      I agree with you. I am a northern girl through and through but had to move to the south a few years ago. I’ve had a very difficult time fitting in, especially with regard to my opinions on hunting. It’s difficult for me justify killing anything just for fun, and even though there are people out there who try and justify what they do by claiming the eat the meat or have to thin the herds, it doesn’t alter the fact that these hunters actually enjoy the process of killing, and there is something fundamentally wrong with that mentality.

    • LAK says:

      there is defenseless, and then there are giraffes. yes, they are on the kill list too now.

  32. Talie says:

    I always thought there was something weird about his face…is it the chin? No chin, right?

  33. irishserra says:

    You really have to wonder about the humanity (or lack thereof) of an individual who derives any kind of joy from taking another life, be it human or animal.

    I realize that people been hunting out of necessity forever, but hunting for sport is just plain wrong.

    Is man so insecure that the only way they can reassure themselves of their own smug superiority is to track and murder fearful subjective creatures with little or no defenses?

    I won’t be checking out the photos on TMZ, as my stomach and temper will not be able to cope, but I find this man and those like him disgusting.

  34. L says:

    Well there’s hunting for food and actual over population (e.g. Deer are WAY over populated) and then there’s thrill hunting just for the trophy. If you aren’t going to eat or use the animal-what’s the point?

    And as my uncle who is a hunter says about those canned hunts….that’s not hunting. That’s just killing.

    • Pia says:

      Thank you. I wonder how many commenters on here condemning all hunting as “enjoying killing” are completely vegetarian. Pigs and cattle in factory farms all across this country endure a far worse life and death than a wild deer. I choose to draw the line when it comes to particularly intelligent animals like elephants. The image of the mama elephant trying to save her baby made me cry. The idea of a child’s pony being shipped to slaughter makes me cry. I will enjoy some tasty venison though, sorry.

  35. Dragonlady sakura says:

    What an utter scumbag. While I have nothing against hunting for food alone, hunting for sport angers me. Trump Jr. is just another spoiled pussy hiding behind his fathers money. He couldn’t survive in the real world because he has no empathy for people and animals alike.

  36. AudreyS says:

    Oh the vitriol from the commenters! I agree with it all. :) Douche bag!

  37. Sway says:

    Oh, you clueless, spoilt, ugly brat…

  38. Me says:

    Would we care less if he was killing squirrels or rats? Why all the outrage for the death of an animal just because it is pretty? Enjoy your McChicken at lunch today!

    • AudreyS says:

      I think killing ANY animal unnecessarily is bad. I won’t even kill bugs I find in my house. I try to trap them and take them outside.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Don’t feed the troll. The only “McChicken” is this punk hiding behind his/her computer screen.

    • Kate #2 says:

      Google “theory of mind”. Elephants possess the ability to see themselves and others in that way, as do we, and primates, and a couple of other species. That’s what sets that apart, in my view.

      I’m not opposed to all hunting. Properly managed shoots of game birds are a lot kinder than much factory farming, as the animals have a lovely life, swift death and then end up on a plate. But there has to come a point where killing highly intelligent animals for a hobby is morally questionable. I think this steps well over that point.

      And I don’t eat factory farmed meat. I was veggie ten years before I could obtain or afford it from humanely reared sources. I think factory farming animals for meat is morally abhorrent too.

  39. Pizzazz says:

    Hunting for sport/pleasure is disgusting any way you look at it. That man is a pig and he’s butt ugly, too. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

  40. kenyangirl says:

    Douchebag!Its very disgusting.The fact that most African economies rely on tourism(and wildlife plays a huge part)makes it worse.A-hole.Shame on him.

  41. MitzieMartin says:

    There are somethings you wish you just didn’t know and this is one of them. I just don’t understand why anyone with a soul would want to do this. Horrid horrid horrid little man.

  42. db says:

    The butchery that goes on in the name of conservation is is saddening beyond words. Even sadder is that culling is justified in the sense that humans have so tampered with the natural order that overpopulation must be culled in order to maintain stable populations in the parks. The parks themselves are artificial–One might think an area was just cordoned off, that the parks are natural. They are not. Ancient tribes were shoved off to make way, contributing to inter-tribal friction, and wide ranging animal populations forced to range in a small area. Tragically, having interfered in this way, yes, the onus is on people to “manage” the parks via hunting.

  43. Jaded says:

    That just breaks my heart. Elephants are one of the most wonderful creatures on the planet, intelligent and loving. I can feel the tears welling up as I type this. This is horrific beyond belief, it’s like killing a neighbour. I hope every animal welfare organization in the world goes after him, what a disgusting POS.

  44. Peg says:

    NFG No F##ki*g Good! I thought this guy was better than anything like that. Canned hunting. What if we all went and shot an elephant? All you need is enough money. No skill involved. I’m with the commenter that wants to see him try it with his bare hands.

  45. Cathy says:

    Sick, spoiled rotten little b@st@rd. What kind of sick human being has fun shooting defenseless animals. He’s a useless piece of trash.

  46. Sloane Wyatt says:

    Rich, spoiled, rat bastard! This makes me boiling mad and ill at the same time. The Trumplet should be behind bars with his welfare to the rich deadbeat of a Daddy. Ugh! *retching*

  47. k says:

    Zimbabwe is not exactly known for its political or social stability. Did he choose that country because he knew the hunting rules would agree with him?

    He must be so proud of himself, taking down an animal that is smarter than him and his father combined, in a dual in which he was the only one who had a gun.

  48. Jackie says:

    what an absolute creep.

    that pic of him with the elephant tail just shows how desperate he is to prove his ‘manhood’ and feed his insecure ego.

    i assume this stems from having a douchebag for a father.

  49. Kate #2 says:

    The worst thing about killing an elephant isn’t even for that poor elephant. It’s gone, and is past any more suffering. I think the worst part is that elephants have intense social bonds, a sense of self, and long memories. They often even have death rituals over herd members after they die. In other words they grieve, and can suffer emotional loss and trauma. So killing that elephant will have caused great suffering to all the others in the herd – who will have to go on with that memory. Essentially, they witnessed one of their own being killed for no reason but another’s pleasure. Pretty horrendous.

    Why would anyone want to cause that degree of harm to sensate, sentient creatures… for fun? It makes no sense whatsoever. Primates, whales and dolphins, elephants… they’re all higher animals in terms of sentience and understanding of themselves as unique individuals. They have a basic theory of mind. How can hunting them be right?

    That’s without getting into the issues of showing any support at all for what’s going down in Zimbabwe at the moment. Nor the fact that it’s a country where absolutely anything is for sale if you pay enough for it. Legal has a fluid meaning in a place that corrupt.

  50. HotPockets says:

    The southern African countries (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia) claim they have too many elephants and so they solve the problem by killing them.

    The earth is over populated with humans, we do not have enough natural resources, food, etc etc to sustain the ever growing population, so the solution is to start hunting each other, so we can depopulate? There is certainly more people on this planet, than elephants, so let’s start killing each other..all the world’s problems solved!

    Since when does the human race get to decide which species needs population control?

    • Kimbob says:

      I appreciate your comment. It’s the damn truth. No one wants to talk about how humans are populous, but it’s the truth. How many “intelligent” authorities wax on regarding “controlling” various animal populations…when the REAL PROBLEM is our own propogation. Our own species cannot realize this…it will be our own doom, I’m afraid.

      I expressed my feelings about this article (comment #60), but felt compelled to commend you for expressing what the real problem is. I feel very much like @Swann (#55), in that the outrage expressed on this thread is somehow a balm for my soul, as well.

  51. HadleyB says:

    This makes me so angry and sad at the same time.. I can’t look at any photos, the description you guys have given alone made me tear up.. I want to punch him in the face and anyone that does this.

    I am sure this was barely legal … and all the money for the rights to do this went to some shady politico a-hole.

    God, the poor animals. They have feelings and families too. Doesn’t he realize that?

    • Claudia says:

      These men Donald jr and Eric Trump they have the”killing”in them.
      They were raised SPOILED,UNCOMPASSIONATE,DOMINEERING,LOOKING down on people and most of all they think they are better then all of us.
      You 2 are COWARDS.How do you like if the leopard or the elephant came after you.
      Shame on you,you are garbage to me.
      Even your sister she thinks that she ‘s all that….she’s not.Be humble and compassionate and then the world will be on your side.The killing in Africa killed all of us.You need to go to jail.

  52. Cerulean says:

    I’d like to cut off his tail and parade it around TMZ. I despise that family and now him more than his absurd father.
    I just feel rage right now. Good thing he’s not in my social circle.(as if) I’d devise a way to put a world of hurt on his ugly arse. A little torture, let him be prey for a couple of days in the desert, a lil water boarding…just enough to break his spirit and leave him catatonic in a corner.

  53. Cel says:

    The only animals that need culling are humans. Lets start with these two waste of space idiots and then move on to other sick dickheads that contribute nothing.

  54. Swann says:

    These comments are manna for my soul.

    • Kimbob says:

      Yes, for some reason I’m overwhelmed w/solace, as well. I take comfort that others are outraged as well about the Trumps, and the other issues that are brought forth from this article…our own inhumanity towards creatures that aren’t “human,” and callous disregard for brutality against such beautiful creatures. It’s so awful that I’m going to have to sign off my computer for a bit…too overwhelming.

  55. Jill says:

    I will never, ever wear a piece of ivory jewelry or buy ivory in any way, shape or form, and anyone who does is participating in the destruction of a very special endangered species.

  56. Dani says:

    Absolutely Disgusting. Even more so since he is STILL over on Twitter defending himself.

  57. madpoe says:

    Disgusting humanoid!
    Send him to space w/o a freakin’ helmet.
    And when he’s out in the open, shoot ‘em, we’ll call it culling of the idiots to make amends.

  58. Karen says:

    If he wants to help the locals he should invest in a business, not feed them the leftovers of his ego driven killing spree. How old school colonial of him. I loathe all of the Trumps; Short Fingered Vulgarians as called by Graydon Carter back in the days of Spy magazine.

  59. Kimbob says:

    Thank you Celebitchy for writing this. I have tears in my eyes as I type.

    I’ll NEVER understand anyone who kills animals…never! How can they not have feelings? In this day and age, how can someone NOT KNOW how intelligent elephants are? I don’t understand how these murderous assholes think. Do they not know that animals have feelings…I mean, REALLY!

    I absolutely HATE all of the Trumps. They are rich, pretentious assholes that think the world is their playground because of their money. They think they are “better than” because their loads of money shows that.

    I’ll never, ever understand this world and how people kow-tow to people w/money…never.

    • Daisy says:

      I agree with you completely but add cows, pigs, goats, horses. You name it they all have the same feelings. I’ve witnessed a mother cow crying for her baby while it was being branded and de-horned, de-balled. I stopped eating animals decades ago after witnessing this at a friend’s ranch. Humans are barbarians.

      • Hootie Hoo says:

        i agree Daisy! I saw a pig fall out of a truck and had its back broken. (The driver did not stop) My Mom and I stopped and so did several other women. We were trying to get her into a truck to take to a vet. I’ll never forget its cries of pain and suffering.

  60. Jules says:

    Boycott Trump’s show. Boycott the advertisers. Let’s pull a Rush Limbaugh on the Trump Family.

  61. Linney says:

    He’s a disgusting, entitled brat. She needs to touch up her roots.

  62. Ron says:

    Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

  63. Amanda G says:

    It takes such skill and courage to shoot animals with a gun! If he really wants to hunt, do it with something that involves risk and being up close so the animal can show him what danger and excitement really is. What a douche. Glad I have never watched his show.

  64. paola says:

    That first picture says it all about him.

  65. dorothy says:

    Next time let’s give the animals the gun.

  66. skuddles says:

    I see he’s inherited his father’s weak chin…

    I wonder if a Trump might be deemed an “exotic animal” in Africa? Blast away folks!

  67. the original bellaluna says:

    Well I, for one, simply can’t WAIT to see how the African exotic animals decorate THEIR homes using Trumps once the roles are reversed! *claps vapidly like Effie Trinket*

  68. Hmmm says:

    It just goes to show that being born into money seems a total curse. To be inhuman, inhumane, indifferent to Life…I am so angry I can’t speak. I do believe in karma however. I hope it comes his way really soon. What an absolute waste of space this soulless freak is.

  69. Carole Zaza says:

    Am I the only one who is reading in all media how the
    1% has a sense of entitlement?
    Someone should have culled Trump’s spawn upon birth. He looks so much his f.a.t.h.e.r it’s scary so let’s post his picture in the animal kingdom so they can run away from his entitlement.

  70. Kim says:

    He is an idiot if he believes the b.s. story they give about too many elephants so ok to kill them. Only a complete idiot would believe this or use it to justify murdering animals.

    He is a classless, moron!!!!

  71. Kim says:

    Id like to hunt him down and chop off a certain body part.

  72. izzy valentine says:

    This guy looks like a eunuch. That combined with wealth is a bad thing. The guy must have some masculinity issues. He makes me sick.

  73. some bitch says:

    What a disgusting slimy douchebag.

  74. Jaxx says:

    I truly do not and never will understand how someone who is fortunate enough to witness a majestic elephant in the wild can reach for a gun and end that regal creature’s life. How can anyone possibly enjoy that moment of murder much less witness the aftermath and think, “This is good”? He has no soul or heart. Creep. I hope his karma is equivalent.

  75. pippa says:

    Birth control does not work.
    I spoke to vet in Namibia who told me about attempted usage and when they do this, the elephants steal / adopt babies from other herds. What happens then is that these new adoptive mothers cannot produce milk and the babies die.

    Birth control does not work.

  76. Daisy says:

    This creep is one of many. The survival of the fittest mentality lives amongst us carrying a rifle showing the world how big and powerful they are. I hope and pray on his next visit to Africa that a wild animal of any kind jumps him first and ends his reign of terror on these poor defenseless animals.

  77. Camille (The original) says:

    Disgusting. Smh.

  78. jwoolman says:

    Not a fan of The Donald – but not sure why boycotting his dippy show would make sense. This jerk is The Donald’s grown son, not The Donald. I think there should be a statute of limitations on parental responsibility for the actions of progeny. It’s interesting that The Donald said he doesn’t believe in hunting, that he doesn’t understand why they like it. Methinks there’s an opening there for some creative person to get The Donald involved in some relevant positive activity that could make a difference for future targets. The Donald might be feeling as bad about the situation as many here.

  79. Meanchick says:

    Big Game Hunting? That’s a joke. I think it’s an excuse for rich a–holes who REALLY want to kill “something,” so hunting these big majestic creatures and killing them is how they get away with murder. What a big bag of puke.

  80. Marie Antoinette Jr. says:

    This is what happens when society rewards evil greedy assholes like the Trumps. I hope I live to see the day revolution takes hold and people like the Trumps are the first to lose their heads.

  81. Feebee says:

    Population control? Even for elephants that used to be called a pride of lions in the middle of the night.

    Hunting? Fair game, bit of sport? Not really, it’s a little one sided isn’t it.

    Smug much? Not content with killing the animal, he had to desecrate it by cutting off it’s tail and display it as a show of his awesome superiority to the world. Had to be the tail, it’s the only thing the puny little shit could lift.

    Bet there’s a cheetah a bit pissed they missed out on the water buck. Now what are they supposed to do?

  82. Cait says:

    Ugh, someone has a Napoleon complex. Killing helpless animals. Wow, what a guy.

  83. littlestar says:

    For some reason I actually decided to waste some of my precious time on this loser, and read some of his tweets. What a LOSER! He can’t even defend himself properly. I am convinced by reading his unintelligent defense, that the only reason he is where he is in life right now is because of his father. “I am a hunter”. Um yeah okay there. You are just a murdered who needed some way to make yourself feel like a man. What a sad pathetic little boy. He’s someone who thinks he is cool, but is actually a moron to the infinite degree.

  84. Guest says:

    The question is why do these rich boys need to go hunting. They can’t find other exciting or thrill seeking activities to do without affecting the planet. They have the money. How about ice or mountain climbing, bungie jumping, parachuting out of an airplane or white water rafting to name a few.

  85. JessSaysNo says:

    That is horrifying. I eat meat but DAMN I cannot imagine what goes on in the minds of people who like to KILL living animals for fun. Not for food, but just because they want to end somethings life? Ugh that is just gross.

  86. Lkm says:

    Absolutely disgusting! He could never look less manly or macho than his photo w

  87. Lkm says:

    Nobody could look less manly or macho than he in his photo holding the elephant’s tail. How disgusting, any person who kills for trophies had a major inhumane component to their personality. I encourage any lack of endorsement on his behalf. What a poor excuse for a human being.

  88. Hootie Hoo says:

    I’m absolutely LIVID over this story. First of all, how is this legal? He killed a frickin’ leopard and an elephant. Those are endangered animals. WTF?????????????

    The Trumps need to be taken down.

  89. dahlia1947 says:

    It sounds like it’s a regular thing. People in that country killing these animals. It makes me very angry and very sad. Hopefully this will raise awareness.

  90. marisa says:

    According to this website: http://www.earthsendangered.com/search-regions3.asp?search=1&sgroup=allgroups&ID=488 the leopard and African elephant that he killed and proudly displayed are on the endangered list. Disgusting.

  91. TheOriginalVictoria says:

    What natives do on their own land considering, we all have different beliefs, is their business and this excludes Afrikaans. But I think going to another country to hunt exclusively an animal that is not even necessary to kill for any real reason, is redic. I classify real as being food or clothing related.

    I believe in the power of hunting. I got Native and African blood running in my veins, so I understand the importance of using an animal for all it’s purposes. And I’m pro-choice so I’m an equal opportunist. If I have no issue with other woman sucking babies out of their hoo-ha, no need to wax on about the feelings of animals and people being heartless. We are a heartless race of people for our fucked up beliefs.

    That being said, killing for sport is soooo wrong and wasteful.

  92. Mary says:

    next time he picks up the gun to kill, lets hope he starts with himself.

  93. Me says:

    Buh buye Mr. Trump & Co!

    I wont be watching ANY of your shows or associate with anything containing your name. Pig.

  94. Bad Gal Addiction says:

    Overpopulating elephants?! WTF! What a pathetic excuse to hunt and kill animals for fun. Elephants don’t procreate like rats, OK! They have ONE baby at a time after being almost 2 years pregnant. This piece of human trash needs some education… and I stop right there ’cause I think he deserves some other “treatments” as well.

  95. RdyfrmycloseupmrDvlle says:

    How awesome would it have been if the elephant grabbed him by the throat with its trunk and pounded him into the dirt with one blow. This moron imagines he’s a great hunter back in British colonial times?? Get with the program, its about conservation now you elitist spoilt bastard. I hope in your next life you come back as an elephant being hunted.

  96. Genevieve says:

    I didn’t read every single post, but it looks like everyone disagrees with what he did & that hunting elephants is ridiculous. I take some comfort in at least seeing kindness from posters. But normally, I just with humans would become extinct.

  97. Sugarrbunny says:

    There is no defense for an unforgivable act. This guy is an entitled douchebag

  98. Violet says:

    What a disgusting excuse for a human being.

  99. ldel says:

    this guys as big a douche bag as his obnoxious, hair challenged, hideous father. they think their $ can insulate them and justify their life choices….think again. boycott ‘the apprentice’….

  100. bruno says:

    The great white hunter feeding the natives with his kill. What an arrogant ass. Boycott Daddy’s show.

  101. claudia verderosa says:

    Tell Donald Trump Sr I’ll never watch his show. Shame on you for covering up and making excuses for your son’s. Tell them that instead of killing defenseless animals maybe they should sign up on The Biggest Loser. And yes Donald Jr is chinless.
    PR nightmare here we come.

  102. GirlyGirl says:

    Trump Sr is a debt ridden a-hole who has fooled people into thinking he’s a business “genius”. Small wonder this loudmouth grifter has given this world such hellspawn.

    Remember when the daughter wrote the “how to succeed” book?

    Chapter 1 – your parents should have lots of money

  103. sarah says:

    looks just like his father. I see viagra and a bad comb over in his future as well. fool

  104. JET says:

    In this same week, Lawrence Anthony, otherwise known as the Elephant Whisperer, has passed away. Elephants are beautiful and sensitive animals.

    http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Elephant+Whisperer+saved+Baghdad/6292083/story.html

  105. Dimebox says:

    My friend and his brothers gave his parents their dream trip; a photographic safari. He said it was absolutely thrilling and they heard so much about conservationists trying to educate the locals that live animals would create so much more income for them than hunting safaris. But as long as there are bored, pretentious douchnozzles willing to pay a premium to slaughter majestic animals it will go on. In no way is this sport, it is slaughter. And his excuse that he donated the meat would be laughable if it wasn’t so sickening. I bet he bought custom tailored safari gear and took his shot from the safety of a vehicle. What a man. He’s a fraud and coward.

  106. kittles says:

    I don’t see the difference between killing an elephant or tiger and killing a chicken or cow. All of those animals are able to feel pain and pleasure, they all enjoy socialising with other animals like them. I think it is terribly sad how humans treat the non human animals of this world.

    • Francesca says:

      Tigers et al are more distinct than chickens… no offence to chickens. Tigers and co are almost extinct and must be preserved for further generations, but chickens and cows are breeded in surplus all over the world. Have you ever seen a chicken or cow on display in a zoo?

  107. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    It looks like Donalds son didn’t get the good genes from he and Ivanna, he’s one fugly dude inside and out.

  108. mln60 says:

    gee, why does it not suprise me that he’s just as much of an entitled piece of shit like his no chin having, worst hair rug in the world father, donald trump sr. these people are repulsive. i dont care how rich they are, money doesn’t buy class and the trashy trumps have lived up to that adage again and again.

    and i totally welled up over how assholes like the trumps who hunt for sport have frightened and traumatized these poor elephants in their own habitat. i’m beyond disgusted.

  109. PDog says:

    OMF. They didn’t just kill the animals described. They also killed a leopard. I just saw the photo.

    I have been to game reserves about two dozen times, and have never been fortunate enough to see a leopard in the flesh. They are extremely rare, shy and reclusive.

    For them to have even found one to kill, this has to be a heavily monitored reserve, where kills are literally handed to these monstrous millionaires.

    I cannot even fathom what heartlessness it must take to kill an animal with this majestic beauty and nature. The over-crowding argument with regards to these animals also does not hold water at all, because they are protected with dwindling populations.

    God these bothers ought to be shot.

  110. sassyspank says:

    **EPIC DOUCHE** (Nuff’ said….)

  111. sassyspank says:

    wait, maybe not: it is infuriating and absolutely heartbreaking that someone as privileged with wealth and influence as him has CHOSEN TO support and execute this type of ignorant mentality!!! It makes me so angry – - had he taken the same time and energy to advocate for animals on the brink of extinction, think of the good he could have done!!

    EPIC EPIC EPIC DOUCHEBAG!! I hope he gets himself snipped, because the last thing the world needs is more of him….

  112. whatev says:

    This is something that we know about because he was proud of himself and posted pics. Imagine the skeletons that must be in his closet!

  113. spiderpig says:

    F–k boycotts & petitions! I say cut off the little tosser’s p3nis & strike a pose!!

  114. Elj says:

    Scum. Sad, pathetic, entitled little man scum. Culling might be legal, but murder for sport isn’t. How some people can sleep at night on their million dollar mink lined cruelty embedded pillows is beyond me.

    Sad, sad little man.

  115. Francesca says:

    Oh I am really really disappointed with these people. Exotic animals are one the gems of this planet. I absolutely adore these animals. Anyone killing them for sport is a very bad person.

  116. Princess Lizabeth says:

    Awful story. Awful people. I can’t stand the Trumps…and this just gives me even more reason not to. Murderer!

  117. kit says:

    Just the way he looks makes me want to punch him in the face.
    They should have made him pose for the douchebag entry in the encyclopedia, no further explanation needed.

  118. Mark says:

    We need to ‘Cull’ the Rich ASAP and rescue the world for animals to use.

    So sick of people.. Breeding like rats and killing off all the animals.
    Disgusting.

    He looks like Scott Disick Kourtney Kuntrashian’s kept husband.
    GROSS GROSS GROSS
    I’d like to hunt Donald and his UGLY brood.
    The world would be better off without these money hungry cretins.

  119. DiaBLa says:

    This is horrible. Who kills Elephants for sport?? just digusting. What a horrible self-entitled prick!!!!! These animals have a social structure and emotions just like humans. Maybe Jr. wants to kill a human next? just for sport of course.

  120. jlo1982 says:

    the Trumps are all P.O.S.
    I bet his dick is really small

  121. cally says:

    Hunting in general is disgusting but killing an Elephant is just disturbing. There has to be something psychologically wrong with someone who derives pleasure from killing one of the most gentle and intelligent creatures on earth. I for one plan on boycotting everything Trump.

  122. Brittney says:

    After reading this, it sickens me that I’ve worked for the Apprentice (in a VERY distant way, as a Nielsen product placement tracker, but Donald Jr. is a prominent cast member)… I honestly would’ve protested had I known.

    The story about the elephant lifting up her trunk absolutely breaks my heart. I don’t even support killing animals for food in the U.S. — it blows my mind that anyone who grew up in the West could support taking the lives of African wildlife.

    UGH.

    Sick to my stomach now.

  123. miapatagonia says:

    Elephants touch the deepest part of my soul. Killing such beautiful and socially complex creatures is turning back against our own well being and truest selves.

    Have you heard that since January, 450 elephants in Cameroon have been slaughtered. The elephants have been gunned down and their tusks sawed off, sometimes before they are dead, leaving the carcasses to rot. The ivory is necessary to make those f@#*king knick knacks sold in China and Thailand.

    The Cameroon govt. has done shit in protecting their savannah elephants from poachers coming across the border from Sudan and Congo. High-powered weapons and sophisticated logistics suggests that the poachers having every means of operating massive slaughters of elephant families even in protected reserves. The demand has risen by Chinese investment in Africa. The poachers on horseback use the profits to funds arms and weapons. Experts say that by 2020 the African elephant can be extinct. The most recent estimates show global elephants are declining at the rate of 8% of the population each year, with populations less than half of 20 years ago.

    The elephant population in Cameroon is as good as whipped out. Baby eles without their family, even if they are rescued and placed in elephant orphanages, have a 50/50 chance of survival. The trauma is too great, and even with 24-hour care, these little ones lose the will to live. That’s how very sophisticated they are emotionally. I highly suggest reading about baby elephant husbandry from the amazing David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Kenya here: http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/ for understanding how connected we are to the most perfect creature on earth.

  124. Laura says:

    About a hundred or so years ago, a lot of high profile rich English and American people (men and women) used to proudly hunt in Africa, including America’s president at the time (really sorry but I can’t remember who exactly). We have always acted like we have the right to do what we want in countries we ‘conquer’ and it’s disgusting, whether it’s abuse of people or animals. However, it’s not just Trump and those who choose to hunt who are to blame. It is being allowed by those in power and by everyone who sits and lets it happen. The most poetic piece of justice I ever saw was an old black and white clip of a home video of someone trying to shoot a lion that was charging him, but he kept missing and the lion mauled him. Karma’s a bitch.

    • miapatagonia says:

      Thanks so much for all your points. The “Great White Hunters” of Africa and their exploits at the turn of the century have been the subject of countless books and films that have fascinated me. It was different time and era then.

      Sadly and tragically, despite the knowledge we have today and the fact that if we reach deeply into our souls, all men and creatures are connected, we humans still exploit and kill for greed. Like you said, if we are not directly responsible, we are complicit. We support or remain passive towards countries such as China and global corporations that have no regard for human rights or the beauty of our natural world and all its wild places and creatures.

      Even if none of us ever get to see a wild elephant bull 60 years old, just knowing that he exist and is siring lots of baby elephants that have a fighting chance to live just as long, rather than be threaten by extinction before their 20s, is profound. Without our wild places and animal, we are lost.

      What Trump Jr. did was purely for pleasure and self-gain, and served no purpose at all. To do such a thing as kill an elephant or any wild African animal that does not provide food for humans in the 21st century should be a crime.

  125. Tara Busch says:

    What scumbag I hope karma comes and bites this son of a bitch is the ass. I will never buy a trump product or stay at a trump property.

  126. Tara Busch says:

    What scumbag I hope karma comes and bites this son of a bitch in the ass. I will never buy a trump product or stay at a trump property.

  127. Joan R. LaPlace says:

    As I looked thru the pics of carnage wrought upon the animals of africa by the animals of NYC I was heart sick. To hunt or not to hunt is a personal choice. With it comes responsibility and decorum. Well, I saw neither there only little boys with big toys grinning “entitlement”with every pic.
    This was not hunting but slaughter.The people who do like to hunt and use the fruits of their labors have to answer for this poor conduct. I missed the picture of the chest beating and swinging thru the vines. Was it there? Was there a prize for bandana wearing? I just shake my head and thank God we have at least one Trump (Ivanka) who has excellent taste. Mr. Donald needs to have a heart to heart about these foolish stunts. It was a lose lose situation. Diplomacy is a word they obviously disregard. It is Zimbabwee’s law to allow hunting. It should have been the Trump’s rule not to put on such a humiliating display of poor sportsmanship.There was not one iota of respect for the animal slaughtered. They need to go to hunting etiquette 101.

  128. seshadri says:

    I am all for people going for Safari, or Bullfight, but when the animal is unarmed, this guy should also have the balls to fight with his bare hands, and not a weapon… Let the bullfighter fight with his hands with the bull, or Donald Trump Jr face the elephant on his own with no gun…

  129. Reugger says:

    This guys a total D bag, I can’t even watch him on TV without laughing.