Trumps' brutal hunting pics cause furore

2012-03-14 16:01
Cape Town - Donald Trump's sons, Donald Jr and Eric who went on a hunting safari in Zimbabwe last year and took photographs of their killings, have come under attack from animal rights groups, after the images were published on

The gruesome photographs, which include the two businessmen posing with the carcasses of an elephant, crocodile, kudu, leopard and water buck, caused outrage amongst wildlife conservationists.

One image shows Donald Trump Jr holding aloft a dismembered elephant tail, and in another the brothers pose alongside a dead crocodile that had been strung up into a tree.
Animal rights group, Peta criticised the killings in a statement to Hollywood Life:

"Like all animals, elephants, buffalo, and crocodiles deserve better than to be killed and hacked apart for two young millionaires' photo opportunity. If the young Trumps are looking for a thrill, perhaps they should consider skydiving, bungee jumping, or even following in their anti-hunting father's footsteps and taking down competing businesses - not wild animals."

'I don't apologise'

The brothers defended their actions and said they had donated the meat to nearby villagers.
"I don't apologise to cater to public opinion when I did nothing wrong. To do so would be to sell myself out," wrote Trump Jr on his Twitter account.

Trump snr told that he is not a fan of hunting but defended his son's actions.

"My sons love hunting. They're hunters and they've become good at it. I know that anything they did was 100% OK in terms of the hunting community."

See the images from the Trumps' hunt below: (WARNING: Graphic content. Not suitable for sensitive viewers)


  • Nicole - 2012-03-14 16:11

    Shooting a leopard? ag nee... dont like

      iamtmashigo - 2012-03-14 17:18

      Where do you think all the meat in your fridge comes from?

      David - 2012-03-14 17:50

      Not from the animals listed above :-)

      tinus.lindeque - 2012-03-14 20:24

      @ Dawid, maybe not in yours but in many African fridges....

      David - 2012-03-14 21:01

      @ Tinus, fair enough and understandable.. hopefully no rhino horn though :-) I have been hunting once, enjoyed stalking the animal but felt really bad after shooting it.... so not again. So I am one of many hypocrites who love eating meat but not killing it....

      Eugene - 2012-03-14 22:10

      I am happy they didn't shoot White farmers. But then I guess the media may just ignore it.

      Martin - 2012-03-15 14:47

      im with iamtmasigo on this... cows are just as good as any other creature that walk this earth, protein is protein....needless trophy hunting is stupid, kill to eat, not kill for a trophy

  • Donald - 2012-03-14 16:16

    Geees they all have 'skewerbekke'.. 'sien jou in die garage'

  • Andrew - 2012-03-14 16:31

    Shooting Leopard? And clearly the author has no idea that water buffalo do not occur in AFRICA! Tough men hunting defensless animals.......

      gerrybswazi - 2012-03-15 12:41

      Read the article again. It mentions Water Buck not Buffalo.

  • RatexZa - 2012-03-14 16:54

    And the 'hunting is for pigs' versus 'hunting for conservation' fight begins

  • werner.smidt - 2012-03-14 17:08

    If you shoot it, you gotta eat it.

      Pierre - 2012-03-18 22:32

      Well said Slip!!!

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-03-14 17:11

    Thats the last time I watch Celebrity Apprentice EVER!

      Gloria - 2012-03-14 17:42


      Enricus - 2012-03-14 20:58

      Never liked it anyway. The only difference is the victim.

      Chez - 2012-03-15 14:59

      @gillian. Read the article again. You will see that it states their father is ANTI hunting

  • Dries - 2012-03-14 17:32

    Rich brats. What a disgrace to kill a leopard.

  • John - 2012-03-14 17:33

    Another emotive and crappy article written to encourage the crusade against legitimate hunting, vs the indiscriminate poaching of the rhino. Peta have a solid history of ignoring facts and trumping (sorry)up salacious rubbish to suite their agenda and fund raising. Perhaps take a look at how little of the money Peta raise actually goes to the animals the pretend to defend.

      jp.wittstock - 2012-03-15 11:44

      Peta and HSUS kill 95% of all animals under their care. Check

  • Gloria - 2012-03-14 17:41


      Willa - 2012-03-15 09:13

      What's the shouting about, girl. Did you consider for one minute that the local people where the hunting took place don't have a Woolies to drop in when they need food ? Wake up to reality. Unless you are going to feed those people, shut up and let them find a way to put food on their table, even if it is letting somebody else shoot their meat, and pay for the animals.

      Stephanie - 2012-03-24 03:13

      @Willa - Mate that does not justify the shooting of an Elephant or a leopard. No excuse for that one. I am aware that the meat goes to the villagers, but were do we draw the line. Look at the fate of the Rhino, prevention is better than cure don't you think. And Peta need to stop putting animals down for the sake of it, use those injured to repopulate foreign sanctuaries so Africa can admire her wildlife overseas one day when they have eaten through there own stock.

  • fayecg - 2012-03-14 17:48

    What poor excuses for humans. They can't just admire the beauty, they have to kill it and pose with it so that they can boast to their boring celebrity-no-life friends that they are more of a man because they shot a leopard.

  • kagiso.zwane - 2012-03-14 17:57

    Wait hold on... What meat did they donate to a nearby village? "elephant, crocodile, kudu, leopard and water buck"?

  • Fanie Oosthuizen - 2012-03-14 17:59

    Sensation blown out of proportion by the media.

  • Esme - 2012-03-14 18:11

    I agree!! If you have such a huge problem with hunting, lets all stop hunting, which will than allow certain species to over populate, which in turn will kill more species...Hello!! Human beings have invaded animals territory, and you live in that city which has done just in order to maintain "order", we need to keep game at a fair population. And if that means hunting, to feed the local village or province, than why not? I personally think it is a much more cruel affair to have cattle stand in line at a slaughter house, waiting to be slaughtered! Honestly!!!

      Esme - 2012-03-14 18:14

      And to add, I am an animal activist, but I eat meat!!!!! And I am not an idiot who allows my mind to stay fixated on silly people who think saving one species by culling another is "a disgrace"!!!!

      Julia - 2012-03-16 10:19

      I think you are speaking in ignorance of exactly which animals need to have their numbers kept down. There is no excuse for shooting a leopard.

      Caroline - 2012-03-17 11:12

      Killing animals that are on the endangered list is hardly the same as culling a herd that has over populated or slaughtering cows that people are going to eat. Let's not confuse the issue here.

  • jayne.lister1 - 2012-03-14 18:22

    TRUMP family. You are barbaric, inhuman, greedy, selfish, murderous and generally very nasty people. You deserve to suffer long and hard for the destruction you have caused to wildlife. You misuse and abuse the privilege of the money you have to cause selfish wanton destruction of species already under threat in Africa. You and your hunting kind deserve to rot in hell for your sins. I know you do not feel guilty for what you have done..............that only proves how shameful your behaviour is and what kind of people you are. I wish you a long and painful existence you cretins.

      Willa - 2012-03-15 09:15

      Not one of those animals are endangered in Zimbabwe. In fact, Zimbabwe has an over poulation of elephants, since the stopped culling.

      Ivan - 2012-03-16 12:11

      Shame, takes a big one to see a small one.

      Stephanie - 2012-03-24 03:16

      There is something called chemical sterilization for animals. Do some research. The only reason they are overpopulating is because some greedy A-hole sees an opportunity to make money. No Excuses!!!!!

  • Johann Enslin - 2012-03-14 18:26

    Stop being hypocritical, your money buys the death of animals daily. Hunting makes having these species around viable. If you are that perturbed start you own game farm and see how much it costs to be selfless. Stop eating meat and stop breeding.

  • Gemma-Leigh Evans - 2012-03-14 19:19

    I'm no fan of hunting, but with all due respect to all parties...this story has been sensationalized to an unnecessary extreme!! The Trumps are not poachers. They would have had to follow the hunting laws of Zimbabwe. Peta, as much as I support them, need to get a GRIP. If Peta's aim is to prevent the killing of all animals, then we humans are gonna fall WAY down the food chain very fast. I see no cruelty in these pictures. The animals were dead before they were cut up and fed to nearby villagers (Yes you think that cows are on standby everywhere?)...I see no endangered animals amongst their kill either. So...guess once you break it all down this becomes nothing more than a rich family being the exploitable target of media sensationalism.

  • tinus.lindeque - 2012-03-14 20:20

    Nice trophies! Congrats to the hunters! Conservation through sustainable utilization!

  • Sandra - 2012-03-14 20:28

    Good excuse they shoot dead pose then oh but we fed the village, for ****s sakes that God not all rich people are this flipping stupid. What freaking idiots, says alot about how they were brought up! I would love to bitch slap the whole freaking family.

      Ivan - 2012-03-16 12:15

      They are not idiots, they came to hunt, and the meat was not wasted. The hunt was conducted professionally, and maybe you must get a life. Your forefathers killed more animals than they did. The difference are, you're forefathers did not pay for it.

  • tinus.lindeque - 2012-03-14 20:34

    Conservation throug sustainable utilisation!

      Gina - 2012-03-15 09:12

      There is something intrinsically wrong with a human being who ENJOYS killing for the sake of killing... defend hunting however you like, doesn't detract from the evil trait that you ENJOY killing another living being that you don't need to eat, who has done nothing to you and who is simply minding it's own business. It's evil and shameful and mankind's only saving grace is that not all of us are born with that evil intent.

  • Enricus - 2012-03-14 20:55

    I can go along with shooting one buck for meat to eat but the senseless killing of an elephant, leopard, buffalo etc goes beyond understanding. They would do much better by using the money spent on helping to preserve endangered species.

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  • godsavesall10 - 2012-03-14 22:04

    Who gets pleasure killing animals for the trophy photo. Bet these killers didn't eat one bit of the poor animals they slaughtered.... Disgusting people

      tinus.lindeque - 2012-03-15 06:58

      @Godsave, I do! Good money is spend on hunting trips and whether you like it or not the hunter are giving more to conservation than any other body. Domestic stock are the most utilised animal on the planet and have anybody thought it might get extinct? No, humans are dependent on them and they are a essiantial part of the food chain. Through trophy hunting our wild animals are given a value, which makes them essential for the livelihood of farmers and communities. Therefore they will be managed in the right way!

  • mmvisagie - 2012-03-14 23:25

    At least they hunted the animals with the right calibres of guns which caused the least suffering. The locals would have done it anyways by means of cruel traps and bushmen style weapons to get that same meat to eat. In my view , the Trumps saved those animals from a cruel death and the money they paid will go a long way to preserving the wildlife in the region.

  • Wolfgang - 2012-03-15 06:54

    What a buch of overpaid money squandering idiots. Just shows money can't buy class, insaed show their blatand ignorance, hope one day that they become the hunter.

  • Louise - 2012-03-15 07:41


  • karenadawkins - 2012-03-15 08:16

    Money cant buy you integrity your pathetic excuses of human nature .... one day nature will take back from what you take.... always so great when you have a gun in your hand so powerful, if you are to hunt do it with your hands the way the bushman dose , that's hunting not simply shooting a innocent animal for sake of a trophy.... again pathetic excuses of men

  • Cornelius - 2012-03-15 09:14

    Nothing wrong with hunting, as long as the animals are killed instantly (do not suffer), the meat is not wasted and the animals hunted are not endangered...

  • aubrey.kent - 2012-03-15 11:50

    hunting - firstly good for them. there is nothing wrong with ethically hunting ANY legally huntable species. if you do not know what goes into a safari and how it is conducted then i would suggest keeping quiet. hunting through sustainable utilisation is the only way to ensure that animal populations stay looked after. if there was no interest in hunting animals then there would simply be none - unfortunately if it pays it stays is how it works. look at the Rhino for eg, it was through breeding projects with hunting in mind that the Rhino numbers came back from the brink of extinction to health huntable numbers. as for hunting, crocodile, waterbuck, elephant, leopard and two buffalo. that would equate to a safari where the community benefits directly to the tune of $21 300 USD from the said hunted animals. hunting of elephant, crocodile and leopard is highly controlled through CITES and very strict numbers of these animals are hunted each year. by staying within the predescribed quotas on animals you will not be effecting any animal population negatively. and as for PETA - well there is a lot that needs to be answered for, they generate millions of dollars to save animals and do not put the money to good use. their financials do not add up and rely solely on emotive issues. do you folks not understand that elephant populations do need to be managed and the only way to effectively do that is through hunting and culling (which is another issue all together)

      Tim - 2012-03-15 22:50

      I know where the money goes Aubrey, I have met the people it goes to and they are NOT "the local community".. plus I would ask the question, " who decides an animal is "legally huntable" Trophy hunting is disgusting and simply justifying it based on the money it makes is even worse. It is not the "only" way to insure that animals are looked after, they are looked after just fine in places where people go to see them and photograph them, you don't need to kill them" .

      Riaan - 2012-03-16 09:50

      O So sorry for all my spelling mistakes mr hotel school !!! i can clearly see you in the tourism industry !!! Thank God i was taught as most Afrikaans fathers do,Eat what you shoot !!! And you call yourself a bow hunter !!! Go sit in your blind dumb ass !!!

  • Jeanne - 2012-03-15 11:58

    The other animals i have no issue with, but a Leopard makes me a little sad..

  • tarryn.debruyn - 2012-03-15 12:02

    they are scumbags! little men with little ego have to shoot a poor innocent animal to make the feel like real men! wow congrats you turds!

  • karenadawkins - 2012-03-15 12:12

    to all those who say hunting is ok to keep the population down , than i best start hunting you because we as humans are clearly over populating- if we did not take over this whole world for our selves than these beautiful magestic creatures would not have to have there familys cut down to size so we can manage there species - ps who the hell made us god

  • Sheena - 2012-03-15 12:22

    i literally got sick....this is revolting. People should get shot for this.

      Stephen - 2012-03-15 12:45

      As opposed to the sick shooting of animals ?? Make up your mind.

  • Stephen - 2012-03-15 12:43

    I dont mind hunting per se, but could never shoot a fellow predator such as a leopard, or something as dignified as an elephant. I have mixed feelings about the Trump's hunt. Sure they have lots of money, but if the hunt was conducted ethically, what they did in fact do was spend a lot of cash on licences, trackers etc. A good portion of the money for the licences goes straight into nature conservation. As for the Peta nuts. They need to chill. What are you going to do, stop lions killing zebra because its cruel? Humans are hunters. Its what we do. Whether in a boardroom, bar or veld.

      aubrey.kent - 2012-03-15 15:30

      PETA = People. Eating. Tasty. Animals.

  • Jana - 2012-03-15 13:07

    What sick scum finds satisfaction in killing a leopard in this day and age? Karma is a bitch.

  • Riaan - 2012-03-15 14:43

    Ja you freakin A Holes !!!! Hunting leopard ??? Its not hunting when the animal is baited with a dead donkey,lured in to find easy food for her cubs "90% of the time" then these so called good hunters sit in a steel cage with a reo stat light.Then they shoot the animal with high powerd rifle 357+ then crack a bear and let the tracker go find the dead leopard with starving cubs !!!! Go out there at night with a bow walk and stalk a MALE leopard,at night alone and then see how those freakin yank morrons get on !!! IDIOTS !!!

      aubrey.kent - 2012-03-15 15:28

      your comment leans towards you and not the Trumps? firstly that Leopard is a MALE and not a female. bait probably used = impala not donkey. it is illegal to shoot a cat with a .357 = minimun calibre is a .375. and as for cracking a bear - well beer will go down a lot better than a bear. and for your information, hunting in south africa is worth R2 Billion a year... BTW - should you know of anyone who shoots : a female leopard, baited with a donkey, in a cage fitted with light, with a hand gun and then drinks a bear afterwards please report it

  • Marlene Black - 2012-03-15 16:47

    I guess having all that money means they have lost respect for the simple things in life. How very sad that they are proud of their trophies and are not even aware of what they have done.

  • jo.petrocelli - 2012-03-15 22:26

    I wonder if the "boys" did what they are suppose to do and clean and gut all of the animals they kill. What will they do with the meat if it's ateible. See thats what makes me more upset, they paid these guides to clean up their messes and just know that they can now beat on their chest" me tough boy, I kill"..... Yeah I'm calling them boys, and the father of them an ass hole.

  • APHOTO4YOU - 2012-03-15 22:34

    He. Did nothing wrong? Give me a break please ....what do you call this? He is just spoiled little child with no manners ....parents didn't give him home education ..he was raised with OPEAR slater such a big animals is SHAME ...WE SHOULD NEVER FORGET what TRUMP jr did...I don't hold any longer respect for TRUMP FAMILY

  • lvdlinde - 2012-03-15 22:53

    Trumps,YOUR FIRED!!!!!

  • bianca.kaiser1 - 2012-03-16 08:42

    This is most disgusting, people with money dont care about anything but themselves. Someone should give the animals a gun and let them have a go at them. this is so very sad to see.

  • Klipkop - 2012-03-16 11:15

    I would love their stuffed heads on my wall.

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  • Gemma-Leigh - 2012-03-16 11:52

    Ok...bottom line, because I am SICK SICK SICK and tired of this story!! When you go home and eat that lovely juicy steak, or whatever meaty meal you desire...(YES PEOPLE...KFC and MacDonalds and every other fast food chain didn't make that meat by magic)...think about how that poor innocent animal wasn't just hunted...OH NO!! No that poor innocent animal was bred for slaughter! But that's not cruel right coz they kill them with dignity? WTF?! None of you are any better just because you didn't pull the trigger. So get off your damn high horses and actually do something about YOUR contribution towards cruelty to animals. To all Vegans out there who do not wear the hides or furs of these animals either...please feel free to comment, because you're the only ones in ANY remote positions to criticise!!

  • anthea.katzeff - 2012-03-16 13:47

    What is most outrageous here is their great joy in taking the life of another living creature. Culling is necessary yes, but to do it for the pure enjoyment of it is what we call sadistic! Little over-rich humans!

  • pmastrogiuseppe - 2012-03-16 14:07

    Sick to my stomach, you can have all the money in the world but without respect for animals and nature you are a poor, poor soul!

  • pmastrogiuseppe - 2012-03-16 14:24

    I'm sick to my stomach! You can have all the money in the world but without respect for animals and nature you are a poor, poor soul!

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  • Justin - 2012-03-16 16:08

    I don't know what els to say but it really makes me f#cken sick I wish I could set my tigers lose on them grrrrrrr