In 2011, Donald Trump’s sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, went on a kill safari in Africa and posed shamelessly with their beautiful and defenseless prey – an African Leopard, a water buffalo and an elephant. After killing the enormous elephant – an animal touted for its intelligence, its tight-knit family structure and its mourning of dead loved ones – they cut off its tail and posed for a photograph.
These photos resurfaced last year as Donald Trump Sr.’s presidential campaign heated up. And, not surprisingly, Trump has defended his sons’ trophy hunting, waving it off and just saying, “They’re great marksman, great shots, they love it.”
After the death of Cecil the Lion last year and the increasing awareness about the cruelty and nebulous legality of big game hunting tours in Africa, it’s time that any prospective leader condemns sport hunting tourism of all kinds. Please sign to tell Donald Trump to condemn trophy hunting.