Trophy Hunters Don’t Belong in the Pentagon, Says PETA

For Immediate Release:
November 24, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Washington – Below, please find a statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk regarding President Donald J. Trump’s nomination of trophy hunter Scott O’Grady—who paid $75,000 to kill two elephants in Zimbabwe in 2014—for a top U.S. defense post:

PETA opposes the nomination of Scott O’Grady and considers him unfit emotionally for any position in the Pentagon. PETA—whose investigative footage regarding trophy hunting in South Africa has caused a stir—was in Zimbabwe in 2014, when O’Grady paid top dollar for what he described as the exciting pleasure of gunning down two elephants in cold blood. To destroy the life of an unarmed individual who poses no threat shows psychological weakness, the need to bully and even destroy those with no power, a lack of self-control over base urges, and the absence of respect for others, and it can be a sign of emotional instability.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind