Trump hunting story stirs major hornets nest - TV sponsor withdraws from 'Apprentice USA'15/03/2012 09:11:22
Donald Trump Junior elephant hunt.
March 2012. The story that Wildlife Extra ran last week about Donald Trump Junior and his brother Eric shooting an elephant a leopard, a crocodile and various other animals on a hunting trip in Zimbabwe has stirred up a real hornets' nest. The story has reappeared all over the world, and created heated debates and much revulsion as well as some support for the Trump brothers. (One thing that is noticeable is the Wildlife Extra is virtually never credited, which is disappointing).
The Trumps have defended their actions, but the huge groundswell of ill feeling that they have generated has now been joined by some concrete action in some quarters, with US firm 'Camping World' pulling their sponsorship from Donald Trump's 'Celebrity Apprentice' TV show. Several thousand people have tweeted their feelings (see Twitter) with many people threatening to boycott Trump businesses.
TV Sponsor pulls out
According to celebrity tittle tattle website TMZ (Who thus far have refused to acknowledge Wildlife Extra as the source of the story):
"Donald Trump's sons' bloody hunting trip in Africa last year didn't just put a dent in the local wildlife population -- it exterminated a lucrative advertising deal on "Celebrity Apprentice" ... by scaring away a big sponsor. Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis tells TMZ, the company's TV spots already aired on this season of "Celebrity Apprentice" -- but he insists, "I wouldn't spend another nickel with them."
Statement from Donald Trump Junior
Donald Junior has sent us a statement (at least his PR office has).
"We are both avid outdoorsmen and were brought up hunting and fishing with our Grandfather who taught us that nothing should ever be taken for granted or wasted. We have the utmost respect for nature and have always hunted in accordance with local laws and regulations. In addition, all meat was donated to local villagers who were incredibly grateful. We love traveling and being in the woods - at the end of the day, we are outdoorsmen at heart." -Donald Trump Jr. & Eric Trump
Wildlife Extra is not against all hunting, but there right and wrong ways to do it. However it is done, to pose with the dead animals and to claim that you did it for the benefit of the local villagers is just wrong. Posing alongside the dead animals can and publishing the photos can only be to show off your prowess to others - Look how tough I am, I killed a wild antelope from long range with a high powered rifle.
Twitter - Donald Trump Junior's twitter account has been bombarded by thousands of messages condemning his actions, as well as some supporting the hunt. See more on Twitter
Huffington Post - Donald Junior said on Twitter "I'm a hunter, for that I make no apologies. I can assure you it was not wasteful the villagers were so happy for the meat which they don't often get to eat." See more
Zoopy - Video news clip expressing disgust from an African point of view.
Mail online - Trump says "I have no shame - I hunt and eat game". More
The Sun - Similar story
The story has also appeared online at The Independent, New York daily news, Hollywood gossip sites and magazines, Australian & Indian news and dozens more.