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March 23, 2012
Trump Brothers Safari Hunt Now Under Investigation - 9

Earlier this month African safari hunting photos of Eric and Donald Jr. Trump caused a whirlwind of controversy in the media. Now their hunt is being investigated by the independent Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force.

This according to the AP: "The independent Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said Friday that Trump's sons Donald Jr. and Eric killed an elephant, an endangered leopard and other "big game" animals on a 2011 trip arranged by a South African safari firm that is not registered in Zimbabwe.

Photographs of the brothers - one holding an elephant's tail in one hand and a knife in the other - have been were withdrawn from at least one website after a flurry of protests."

The brothers have stated that their hunt was legal and that the meat they harvested was donated to local villages. On one hand, this investigation could be a legitimate fact check on that claim. On the other hand, it could also be an over zealous conservation group grasping at straws trying to strike while the controversy is still hot.

What's your take?

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from Irving Stammreich wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

Gotta be the work of the anti's trying for the spotlight.

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from Victor Rossi wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

Quite Clear

No real news items here. If you are a fat cat like Donald Trump with $ millions, you and yours can get away with anything, anywhere.
While the hunt may have been legal, this writer questions the killing of a cheetah, and possibly the elephant where both are becoming rarer and rarer as the years add up.
While it may ultimately be determined that the hunt was "legal," how about ethical, and what pleasure was derived from it?
It raises questions about the individuals' ethics, including Donald himself. Does he consider himself and his to be above reproach when it comes to earthly creatures and their existence? For those of you unfamiliar, there is an ethics in hunting.

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from hutty wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

Harare - Zimbabwe's parks authority on Monday said US property magnate Donald Trump's sons were licenced to hunt game on a trip two years ago, after photos of their trophies sparked online outrage.

Trump's sons Donald Junior and Eric made a hunting expedition in Zimbabwe in 2010. Their pictures went viral on social media this month, showing them posing next to carcasses of a leopard, an elephant, a crocodile and an array of other animals.

The images drew condemnation on Facebook and Twitter, where their hunting trip was slammed as unethical. Donald Trump Jr has insisted on Twitter that he did nothing wrong.

"They were accompanied by a professional hunter, and we have done a background check on him and his licence is still valid," Caroline Washaya-Moyo, spokesperson for the parks authority said in a statement.

"Also with the Trump brothers was a ranger from the parks department who was monitoring the hunt. The animals they hunted are available for hunting in Zimbabwe."

Although leopards are endangered, she said they can be hunted under strict conditions set by the Convention for the Trade in Endangered Species. Zimbabwe's parks have a quota of 500 leopards that can be hunted each year, she added.

The statement came after Johnny Rodriguez, chair of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, said his organisation was investigating whether the Trump brothers' hunt was legal.

The trip was organised by Pretoria-based Hunting Legends International, which specialises in big game hunts for the wealthy. The company has also insisted that the big game hunt near Victoria Falls was done by the book.

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from captjim wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I knew they shouldn't have booked with Paul Crowder Safaris Inc.

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from pineywoods wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

On top of everything else, since when has the leopard been considered endangered? I thought they were a pest in some areas.

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from Bob Hansen wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Hi...

Insufficient info..,.would rather not speculate at this point.

If found guilty of any hunting violations, though, I would have no sympathy for them if they were to be dealt with harshly.

Let's hope the allegations are not true.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I'm sure there will be more to come. I hope it turns out okay for them.

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from Blue Ox wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I think it's the anti's just trying to get a bite.

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from cjohnsrud wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I hope this hunt was on the up and up or it will be a black eye to the hunting community with as much press as it has received.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I'm sure there will be more to come. I hope it turns out okay for them.

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from cjohnsrud wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I hope this hunt was on the up and up or it will be a black eye to the hunting community with as much press as it has received.

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from pineywoods wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

On top of everything else, since when has the leopard been considered endangered? I thought they were a pest in some areas.

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from Blue Ox wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I think it's the anti's just trying to get a bite.

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from Bob Hansen wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Hi...

Insufficient info..,.would rather not speculate at this point.

If found guilty of any hunting violations, though, I would have no sympathy for them if they were to be dealt with harshly.

Let's hope the allegations are not true.

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from captjim wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I knew they shouldn't have booked with Paul Crowder Safaris Inc.

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from hutty wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

Harare - Zimbabwe's parks authority on Monday said US property magnate Donald Trump's sons were licenced to hunt game on a trip two years ago, after photos of their trophies sparked online outrage.

Trump's sons Donald Junior and Eric made a hunting expedition in Zimbabwe in 2010. Their pictures went viral on social media this month, showing them posing next to carcasses of a leopard, an elephant, a crocodile and an array of other animals.

The images drew condemnation on Facebook and Twitter, where their hunting trip was slammed as unethical. Donald Trump Jr has insisted on Twitter that he did nothing wrong.

"They were accompanied by a professional hunter, and we have done a background check on him and his licence is still valid," Caroline Washaya-Moyo, spokesperson for the parks authority said in a statement.

"Also with the Trump brothers was a ranger from the parks department who was monitoring the hunt. The animals they hunted are available for hunting in Zimbabwe."

Although leopards are endangered, she said they can be hunted under strict conditions set by the Convention for the Trade in Endangered Species. Zimbabwe's parks have a quota of 500 leopards that can be hunted each year, she added.

The statement came after Johnny Rodriguez, chair of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, said his organisation was investigating whether the Trump brothers' hunt was legal.

The trip was organised by Pretoria-based Hunting Legends International, which specialises in big game hunts for the wealthy. The company has also insisted that the big game hunt near Victoria Falls was done by the book.

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from Irving Stammreich wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

Gotta be the work of the anti's trying for the spotlight.

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from Victor Rossi wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

Quite Clear

No real news items here. If you are a fat cat like Donald Trump with $ millions, you and yours can get away with anything, anywhere.
While the hunt may have been legal, this writer questions the killing of a cheetah, and possibly the elephant where both are becoming rarer and rarer as the years add up.
While it may ultimately be determined that the hunt was "legal," how about ethical, and what pleasure was derived from it?
It raises questions about the individuals' ethics, including Donald himself. Does he consider himself and his to be above reproach when it comes to earthly creatures and their existence? For those of you unfamiliar, there is an ethics in hunting.

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