Donald Trump Jr. Killed an Endangered Mongolian Sheep

Donald Trump Jr. Killed an Endangered Mongolian Sheep

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During a trip in Mongolia this August, Donald Jr. shot and killed an endangered argali sheep, and received a permit only after the fact.

Pro Publica,which broke the news of the kill Wednesday, reported it was unusual for the Mongolian government to issue permits after a hunter has left the region. Trump Jr. was given other forms of special treatment. He was protected on his hunt by both U.S. and Mongolian security services, and afterwards had a private meeting with Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga.

Donald Trump Jr. killed an argali sheep like this one on a hunting trip in Mongolia. powerofforever/ iStock / Getty Images Plus

“What are the chances the Mongolian government would’ve done any of that to someone who wasn’t the son of the United States’ president?” Kathleen Clark, a legal ethics professor at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, asked ProPublica.

Trump Jr.’s spokesperson said the trip was purchased at a National Rifle Association charity auction before his father ran for office. It is not clear if the trip included meetings with government officials or the chance to kill an argali. Trump Jr. also killed a red deer on the trip, a kill that also required a permit.

The argali is the largest sheep in the world, with curving horns that can measure more than six feet. The species overall is listed as near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), but the Mongolian subspecies is considered regionally endangered, according to the World Wildlife Fund(WWF). The U.S.Endangered Species Act lists the argali as threatened. Between 1985 and 2009, their Mongolian population more than halved from 50,000 to 18,000, Pro Publica reported.

Mongolia issues permits to hunt the sheep, a practice which is ostensibly intended to fund conservation. Those familiar with the permitting system told Pro Publica that it encouraged favoritism.

Jandos Kontorbai Ahat, a member of the current president’s political party who arranged the trip Trump Jr. won, said Mongolian permits were “very political.”

There are also sometimes discrepancies between hunting quotas and the number of permits issued. While the hunters’ fees are supposed to go to programs like population surveys, argali researcher Amgalanbaatar Sukh told Pro Publica he had never received government funding for such a survey.

Pro Publica could not determine if Trump Jr. imported the trophies from his argali kill into the U.S. To do so, he would have needed to apply for permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. But his kill comes as U.S. law concerning the importing of hunting trophies is in flux, as The Guardian explained:

The legality of the importation of big game trophies into the United States has been, like many other issues in the Trump administration, confusing and ever-changing. The president himself has spoken out against the practice, calling such hunting practices a “horror show” despite his two sons being avid trophy hunters.

In order to import trophies of animals on the endangered species list, a U.S. hunter must show that its would be beneficial overall to the species at large. In 2017, the Trump administration pushed back against such restrictions on trophy hunting from the Obama era before reinstating the ban. A court ruling found thereafter it was done improperly, allowing imports to continue.

Environmental groups have criticized theTrump administration for its trophy hunting policies, including its decision to allow the import of lion and elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia and its creation of the International Wildlife Conservation Council designed specifically to promote trophy hunting.

This article was first published by EcoWatch on 12 December 2019.


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Mongolian Mike
Mongolian Mike

Article is misleading, the sheep in question is not endangered, according to the IUCN. Maybe do some research before you write an article.

Kevin
Kevin

Argali Sheep numbers are declining and dangerously low. Of course, when money is no object, we move on to the next step – domination and possession. Alrighty, then. But why should taxpayers be footing the bill for his security and god knows what else? Really sick of them,

Brenda Dooley
Brenda Dooley

Why doesn’t Donald Trump stop all this killing but you know he won’t his kids do it everything if Donald Trump would learn how to know how it feels to love something he would stop all this s*** but he doesn’t even know how to love this self so how the hell does he know how to love an animal that doesn’t deserve to be killed in this world but when his grandchildren and great-grandchildren don’t have nothing to look at when they grow up they can blame their grandfather

Linda Badham
Linda Badham

NO LEVEL OF CONSCIOUSNESS PATHETIC EGOTISTICAL WASTE OF SPACE !

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Heartless,sadistic creepo