Donald Trump Jr. Hunts With No Apologies

Donald Trump Jr. has added elephant killer to his list of accomplishments, grinning from ear to ear in a series of photos showing the multimillionaire heir posed next to dead animals in Zimbabwe.

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Word of Donald Trump Jr.'s hunting safari in Zimbabwe is out, and now the son of business magnate Donald Trump Sr. has some serious explaining to do.

Photos of Donald Trump Jr. holding guns and knives, while smiling next to dead animals have hit the web and likely won't go away soon. Among the species killed during the 34-year-old's recent hunting excursion are crocodile, kudu, civet cat and waterbuck.

One particularly gruesome photo shows Donald Trump Jr., who was accompanied on the hunting safari by his brother Eric, holding up a severed elephant's tail in one hand, with a knife in the other.

Attempting to explain their killings, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump released a statement that reads:

"We are both avid outdoorsmen and were brought up hunting and fishing with our Grandfather who taught us that nothing should ever be taken for granted or wasted.

"We have the utmost respect for nature and have always hunted in accordance with local laws and regulations. In addition, all meat was donated to local villagers who were incredibly grateful. We love traveling and being in the woods—at the end of the day, we are outdoorsmen at heart."

Nonetheless, animal rights groups are horrified by the photos. A representative for In Defense of Animals commented to TMZ, "Would any intelligent person feel moved to murder a magnificent elephant, then further insult and desecrate [it] by hacking off his or her tail as an additional gesture of dominance?"

They continued, "Privilege has clearly not bought them the sensitivity or wisdom to view the world as anything but their personal playground, including the imagined entitlement to end the lives of sensitive and social animals for mere amusement."

For his part, Donald Trump Sr. commented on his boys' hunt photos, telling 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 percent OK in terms of the hunting community."

What is your take on Donald Trump Jr.'s elephant killing controversy?

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Comments on "No shame in Donald Trump Jr.'s elephant killing game"

mjpettine June 03, 2012 | 9:09 AM

It sounds like many people are confusing the facts of this story. Not a hunter myself and not teally a trump fan. If Trumps didnt break laws there actions are only subject to social judgement and nothing more.

JOHN April 06, 2012 | 5:23 PM

What sport, shooting a huge target with a scoped rifle, I'm really impressed! Can't their money give them better erections?

Tom S March 18, 2012 | 7:41 PM

Symbolically it fits. The Trumps have been working hard to kill the GOP elephant for years.

kimberly March 17, 2012 | 1:24 PM

If it helpes the country, thats fine, but none of the trumps have ever been right in my book, and this even pushes me farther away. True elephants are not slow and prodding, like it was said! do homework befor you speak, I dont believe in hunting for the sport of it, but do to feed a family! Instead of using your money, for this, help a country as you have alot to blow on things not important! poor animal!

SP March 16, 2012 | 10:33 PM

Africans love and respect the animals that we share our beautiful continent with. At the end of the day the government of Zimbabwe or any nation on the continent should not permit any foreigner to come into their country and commit these heinous acts in the name of hunting. If Donald jr. wants to hunt...I'm sure that his father's buddy Chenney could gladly invite him to go shoot stuff(interpret that as you please). Hunters use the "over-population" clause as an excuse to get whatever ual excitements they receive from hunting. It's time tighter restrictions are put out there and most importantly the enforcement of those consequences. Were knocking on the doors of human killings for sport if it is that 'Savages' like Donald jr. are permitted to continue performing these heinous acts and further displaying it as accomplishments. One word...CONSERVATION!!!!.

JBrown March 15, 2012 | 5:34 PM

Elephant hunting is legal in Zimbabwe because the country is overpopulated with elephants. Elephants kill many people every year and destroy the crops of poor villagers. Elephants are not "slow and plodding" they can run much faster than any human. Elephants are not killed from long distance. Usually elephant are shot from 40 yards or less. Trump's killing of this elephant brought tens of thousands of dollars into Zimbabwe's economy and provided much needed protein for hundreds of villagers.

Ken March 14, 2012 | 1:20 PM

What a scumbag. What kind of skill does it take to kill a poor, defenseless elephant? They are so slow and plodding... and you can be damn sure the Trump Jr. shot it from a mile away. I can't stand him... in fact and learning about this I hate him and will NEVER watch the apprentice again. Only a sick person would do that!

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