Donald Trump’s Sons Under Fire for ‘Brutal Hunting’

Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump have drawn the ire of PETA after photos surfaced showing the brothers on a wild game hunting trip in Zimbabwe last year.

TMZ first posted photos from the trip under the headline, “Donald Trump’s Sons Ignite War Over Animal Butchery.” During the hunting trip, the Trump sons reportedly killed a number of exotic animals, including an elephant, crocodile, kudu, civet cat and waterbuck.

Trump was quick to defend his sons, telling TMZ, “My sons love hunting. They’re hunters and they’ve become good at it. I know that anything they did was 100% OK in terms of the hunting community.” However, Trump was equally quick to note that he himself does not share in the sport, saying, “I am not a believer in hunting and I’m surprised they like it.”

In one of the more controversial photos, Donald Jr. is seen grinning broadly while holding the severed tail of an elephant in his hands. He defended his actions on his Twitter account, saying that he was simply taking part in a local custom.

In a joint statement released by the Trump brothers, they defended their actions and noted that all of the meat killed in their hunting expedition was donated to local villagers.

Source: Yahoo News

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Does PETA’s Racy Ad Promote Veganism or Violence?

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is known for its provocative ads–many of them featuring women in various states of undress–that aim to draw attention (however indirectly) to animal rights. But their latest ad, a Valentine’s Day video that warns women about the “dangers” of their boyfriends’ burgeoning veganism, may have crossed a line.

The ad, released online Monday, shows a limping, pantsless woman sporting a neckbrace, struggling to carry a bag of vegetables home from the store. (Unsurprisingly, we’ll warn that this ad may be a bit too racy for the eyes of younger viewers.)

A call to PETA revealed that the campaign was slated to be launched on Valentine’s Day; the accompanying website, launched Monday, includes “tips on how to have sex safely with vegans—such as mounting all TVs and mirrors securely to the wall.” But does the ad also promote violence against women?

“The piece is tongue-in-cheek,” Lindsay Rajt, PETA’s associate director of campaigns and outreach, told Yahoo News. “People who watch the ad all the way through see the woman has a mischievous smile. She’s happy to go back with him. It’s playful.”

“PETA is going for shock value here,” Michael Learmonth, digital editor at Advertising Age, wrote in an email to Yahoo News. “But I don’t think portraying women as beat up physically is a good idea, even in jest… These ads aren’t made for TV, so the strategy here is that they will cause controversy, trigger coverage, and go viral.”

Source: Yahoo News

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