Donald Trump Jr., The Donald's son, is a skilled hunter. On a hunting expedition to Zimbabwe last year, he shot and killed various animals, prompting outrage from various animal rights groups, it has emerged.
TMZ has the photos from the expedition, as well as the story.
Apparently, while the hunt took place one year ago, it's just now that it's come to the attention of the public.
“Donald Trump’s two sons went on a big game hunt in Africa, and the carnage they wrought has triggered outrage by wildlife enthusiasts,” the celebrity e-zine reports.
“Donald’s sons – Donald Jr. and Eric – went on a hunting safari in Zimbabwe a year ago this month, and proudly showed off their trophy kills – including an elephant, crocodile, kudu, civet cat and water buck,” TMZ adds.
The photos that have just emerged online speak volumes.
We're not going to post them here because they could be hard to stomach, but suffice it to say that one, for instance, shows him holding the cut tail of an elephant in one hand, while in the other he has a knife.
In every one of them, DTJ looks mighty proud of what he's done.
His father tells TMZ that both his sons are skilled hunters who act within the confines of the law, thus all this outrage in the media is nothing but dust in the wind.
“My sons love hunting. 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,” he says.
Shortly after the scandal broke, DTJ took to his Twitter page to defend himself: it's true that he killed a bunch of animals while in Africa, but none was part of the endangered species.
He also says he's “proud” of his feat and adds that the media has a way of twisting things because, in Africa, an elephant is not exotic: it's just like a deer to us.
“I have no shame about [the photos]. I HUNT & EAT game... I'm a hunter, for that I make no apologies,” TDJ says.
“I can assure you it was not wasteful... the villagers were so happy for the meat which they don't often get to eat. Very grateful,” he further writes, adding that nothing has been wasted.
“These are not endangered animals as an fyi,” the real estate mogul's son further explains.