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Donald Trump’s sons Eric and Donald Jr might be best known for their real estate dealings and appearances on The Apprentice, but the two are also avid big game hunters. That fact was kept mostly under the radar until the past few days when pictures of the two on an African safari began popping up all over the web. Not surprisingly, the snapshots have caused outrage among animal rights activists.
According to TMZ, the pair’s most recent expedition happened about a year ago in Africa, and the kills included an elephant, a crocodile, a water buck and several others. Their father admitted today that he’s not a big fan of hunting but knows his kids didn’t violate any laws. Here’s what he had to say…
"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. I know that anything they did was 100% OK in terms of the hunting community."
Regardless of how one feels about hunting, it is absolutely imperative to note that the meat from the expedition in question was consumed. Donald Jr. took to his Twitter today to clear that misconception up.
”Villagers who have no meat enjoyed that for weeks and were very grateful.”
It’s crazy how much the world has changed. Teddy Roosevelt is widely considered to be one of the most environmentally friendly presidents we’ve ever had, and he killed thousands of African animals during his post-Presidential safari. In all fairness, those bodies were transferred over to various museums for study, but it’s not like he didn’t enjoy the hunt. Likewise, it’s not like people didn’t benefit here. Whether or not that makes either worthy is a matter of personal opinion more than fact.