Trump Sons Slammed for 'Desecrating' Elephant

Donald Jr., Eric shown posing with big game hunting kills
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2012 9:53 AM CDT
Eric Trump, left, and his brother Donald Trump Jr. give a roof top interview during festivities for the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, Sept. 24, 2008.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

(Newser) – Donald Trump's sons went on a hunting safari in Africa last year, and thought it would be a good idea to pose in photo after photo with the animals they killed. Said photos surfaced yesterday, and not surprisingly, animal rights groups are outraged, TMZ reports. One picture in particular shows Donald Jr. standing next to a dead elephant, holding up the elephant's severed tail. "Would any intelligent person feel moved to murder a magnificent elephant, then further insult and desecrate by hacking off his or her tail as an additional gesture of dominance?" wonders a rep from In Defense of Animals.

TMZ has other pictures from the Zimbabwe trip, including both men posing with a crocodile strung up on a tree as well as a dead kudu, civet cat, buffalo, and waterbuck. The Donald's thoughts on the kiddos? "My sons love hunting," Trump tells TMZ. "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."

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