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
@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
@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
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?
@DonaldJTrumpJr Thank you for supporting the people of Zimbabwe by ethically and legally hunting there. I'm sure many people were thankful.
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: