Donald Trump’s Sons In Hot Water Over Hunting Pics

    March 14, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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Donald Trump claims to be against hunting for sport, but his sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, apparently don’t feel the same way. The two have come under fire for recent photos emerging from their vacation to Africa last year, which show the young men standing beside various animal carcasses with their weapons. Trump told TMZ that his sons have “become good at it” and that “anything they did was 100% ok in terms of the hunting community”. The tycoon has no problem with it, but lots of other people do.

The animal rights group PETA has already spoken out about the photos, which were posted on a website called HuntingLegends.com, telling The Daily News “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.” The images have since been removed from the website.

Donald Jr. and Eric, who both appear on their father’s reality show “Celebrity Apprentice”, issued a joint statement to E! News, defending their actions by saying they grew up hunting with their grandfather and were taught that nothing should go to waste, which is why they gave the meat to nearby villages.

Trump Jr. has also taken to Twitter to defend himself and his brother, saying the media has spun their own view on what happened.

@EspresStilettos if u knew anything about it you would realize nothing we hunt is endangered that’s just how its spun by anti hunters(image) 1 day ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

@mcollake because the media make thing out to be worse than they are. They said it was in a fence it wasn’t they say meat is wasted it wasnt(image) 1 day ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

@iamGenteel I am not going to be gracious when attacked 4 doing what I do when it is legal. People can disagree w it but i will attack back(image) 22 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Some supporters are rallying around the younger Trumps, however, and are making their support known through tweets.

@DonaldJTrumpJr then I dont see the issue here with u hunting. If you are eating or donating the meats I dont c a problem. Why the uproar?(image) 1 day ago via Twitter for Android ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

@DonaldJTrumpJr Thank you for supporting the people of Zimbabwe by ethically and legally hunting there. I’m sure many people were thankful.(image) 1 day ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

It’s a sensitive topic, for sure, and there will always be opposing sides, but for now the family stands by their actions despite all the criticism, in true Trump style. Donald Sr. addresses his sons’ actions in this video with Access Hollywood:

  • http://Aol Peggy Edwards

    I think it is rediculous!!! They did nothing illegal. The PETA group goes way over board! Come on people get a grip! They think killing babies is ok, but hunting wild animals is wrong. People you need to get your morals straightened out! It is wrong to kill babies not wild animals that is NOT on the endagered list. This is an outrage!

    • Mary

      Peggy Edwards – There is one thing I have a real problem with in your comment. WHO, amongst any animal activist has ever said killing babies is okay and why do people like you try to build an image of animal activists gleefully sacrificing babies at the expense of animal. Really? I for one support many groups as do many people I know which work towards helping both children and animals. What have you done for either one lately? I can only tell you that you and your fellow accusers who want to label animal activists as being self-righteous zeolots should think before putting your foot in your mouth. What you get wrong is that animal lovers have an abundance of compassion. That is what makes us stand up for our belief one cause people. That compassion extends to all beings who are unable to help themselves and depend on us to be their voice, including babies and children! What IS ridiculous is people like you who have to perpetrate lies to make your beliefs (which are no more important than mine, mind you) heard louder than anyone elses. No one is condoning killing here but you. Maybe it’s time to take a good look in the mirror.

  • http://yahoo christina pierson

    This is just disgusting. Killing animals is disrespectful of nature and god. Teaching your boys that killing is justified is wrong. Donald, your whole life if wrong. Making money is not where its at. There are other things in life besides money and killing beautiful animals and womanizing.

  • benzo

    so what let them hunt…….

  • http://Yahoo Valerie King

    That family is pathetic! They have no moral compass & obviously they have zero regard & respect for any living thing including all laws. Donald Trump is evil, mean spirited and beyond a freaky, control nutjob!I despise them all now! If… they did not have any money… what would people think of them then? His kids are just like “daddy dearest.” Killing the animals they did and being “proud”. The sad reality is they will never get it!

  • K

    If you realy want to respect yourself, practice non-violence to maximum extent. Hunting, Killing animals for food is not a necessity. Taste buds are for enjoying and acceptance of the food while being eaten. Not for driving you nuts and cruel running after food you learned to like most. Yes, taste liking is learned habit. What goes in your mind goes in your mouth. That is why same taste is liked by some and not liked by some others.
    If you want to hunt animals for food, do it with your God given limbs just like other hunting animals. Using guns etc. is cruel not only to animals being hunt but also to yourself. Be brave and hunt on an equal footing with animals by only using your God Given limbs – hands, feet and mouth-teeth muscles. Then you have really learned to respect life. Otherwise you are kidding yourself that you learned to respect life by hunting.