Why Do Rich People Travel Across The World Just To Kill Animals?

14 Mar


Photo by nickandmel2006, via Wikimedia Commons

Today I came across the very disturbing article above about Donald Trump’s sons and how they went on an animal killing spree “trophy hunt” in Africa last year. According to reports the brothers killed an elephant, crocodile, kudu, civet cat, and a water buck. What I find particularly disturbing is that two young men who were born with silver spoons in their mouths would travel halfway around the world just to kill animals. Do they need the food? Do they need to save those poor poverty stricken people in Africa? Apparently the native people in Africa are so incapable of killing their own animals that they need rich white men to travel across the world to do it for them. At least that is what I gather from Trump Junior’s explanation on Twitter. If they claim that they are helping the African people by spending money to kill animals why not just send them a check rather than travel there just to kill?

This also brings up another question for me: When did we as a species go from hunting to survive to hunting for sheer recreation?

In my opinion there is something very wrong with us as a species if we have to travel across the globe just to kill an animal and have a smiling picture taken over the dead carcass for the world to see. We see the same thing in our own country where “sportsmen” claim to love wildlife and nature while distributing photographs of them smiling over the dead body of the animal that they just killed.

Am I the only one who sees something wrong with this? Please share your thoughts.


Posted by on March 14, 2012 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “Why Do Rich People Travel Across The World Just To Kill Animals?

  1. Bobette Traul

    March 14, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Hopefully the wild life groups will make bad press of this

  2. Russel Ray Photos

    May 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    They do it because they can. The uber wealthy don’t know how to enjoy life because money is all they have ever known, so they think that they have to spend money doing something big, bold, and brassy in order to continue to enforce their sick beliefs. It’s the same with most movie, recording, television, and sports stars. They have so much money that they don’t understand how to enjoy life without spending it. Maybe they could take a clue from Bill Gates and a few others and create foundations to help people less fortunate than they are, or to help our wildlife, or even the Earth that so many of their companies have raped and destroyed.

    • rali74

      May 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      You are 100% right. I know that if I had the financial resources these people had I would be a force for good in the world, not using my money to fulfill my sick bloodlust. It seems that money may rally be the root of all evil.


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