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Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump's hideous African hunting trip is under investigation by Zimbabwean
authorities. Among the potential problems noted by the Zimbabwean Conservation
Task Force were the following: The brothers may have illegally used dogs to kill
an endangered leopard, the South African safari firm they used was not
registered to hunt in Zimbabwe and may not have been cleared by wildlife
authorities, and licensing and trophy fees may not have been paid.
are also investigating the Trumps' claims that they donated meat from the
animals they killed to local villagers, as there are no villages near where the
brothers hunted. If they are found to be in breach of hunting laws, the Trump
brothers and officials from the safari firm could face imprisonment or a fine
of up to $500,000.
Rodrigues, chairperson of the
Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, said, "This is the problem
with those who … think they can come to manipulate and control people, destroy
natural resources, and say 'we came to help.' We don't want them here."
The following text was originally
published on March 14, 2012.
Donald Trump Jr.
and Eric Trump
are the targets of more media scrutiny than Barack Obama's birth certificate
after pictures surfaced online of the pair posing with
wild animals they had killed on safari in Zimbabwe. Each "trophy"
was procured for a fee—how macho is that?
Dressed as if to play extras in Rambo, the brothers posed for photographs,
including one sick enough to make a grown man, other than a Go Daddy CEO, lose
his lunch: Don holds his knife in one hand and the severed tail of an elephant he's
shot in the other. An elephant! In another photo, Eric sits atop a Cape buffalo,
using the animal's corpse as a gun and hat rack. Another photo shows both
brothers standing next to a massive crocodile whom the Great White Bwana Boys
no doubt had "the help" hang up by a noose from a tree branch. In a joint statement, the brothers
said, "We have
the utmost respect for nature and have always hunted in accordance with local
laws and regulations." If this conduct constitutes respect, I really don't
want to know what their contempt looks like.
Read Ingrid Newkirk's full article on Huffington Post here.
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She had always dreamed of going on an African safari, but now that the time is here, Lily Allen feels like she could never take pictures of the animals because of the stalked feeling that she gets from the paparazzi in her own life. In two recent tweets, she wrote, "Safari is something I've always wanted to do. Don't think I'll sleep tonight," and then, "I already feel guilty about exploiting the animals with my camera, I've got a big long lenz, reminds me of some c***s I know."
Expletives aside, Lily's concerns show her sweet nature (her pooch is a rescue), and we're impressed with her sensitivity to animals. She did decide to go on a safari instead of to a zoo, after all. We're sure that Lily knows that zoos are nothing more than concrete jungles, where animals are held prisoner in tiny enclosures day in and day out, and that the animals resort to abnormal, repetitive behavior to alleviate the mind-numbing boredom of confinement. The animals are also stalked constantly by hordes of families, flashing cameras at the ready, all wanting to get a glimpse of the action. No wonder Lily empathizes with them.
Written by Shawna Flavell
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