Trophy hunting event to auction ‘dream hunt’ with Donald Trump Junior

Trophy hunting event to auction ‘dream hunt’ with Donald Trump Junior

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A week-long “dream hunt” with the US president’s son Donald Junior is being auctioned at an annual trophy convention in Reno, Nevada alongside expeditions to shoot elephants, bears and giraffes.

The four-day event organized by Safari Club International (SCI) and advertised as a “’ heaven”, will culminate on Saturday with an auction for a week-long Sitka hunt in Alaska with Trump Junior, his son and a guide. At the time of writing, bidding for the yacht-based expedition stands at $10,000 (£7,685).

Donald Trump Junior on a hunting trip in Zimbabwe. Photograph: Hunting Legends

Other prizes include the chance to shoot an on a 14-day trip in Namibia, an all-inclusive hunt package to Zimbabwe to kill buffalo, and wildebeest, and a 10-day crocodile hunting expedition in South Africa. The proceeds from the auction, which campaigners say could exceed $5m, will fund SCI’s “hunter advocacy and wildlife conservation efforts”, according to the organization.

Thousands of hunters from around the world are expected to attend the convention which begins on Wednesday, where Trump Junior, an avid trophy hunter, is set to give a keynote address.

The description of the auction prize states: “This year we will be featuring Donald Trump Junior, a man who needs no introduction, and whose passion for the outdoors makes him the number one ambassador for our way of life.

“Don Junior shares this heritage with his son and believes in handing down these lessons to young hunters. Don Junior and his son will be hosting this year’s hunt along with Keegan [the guide] in Alaska.”

It comes just weeks after ProPublica revealed Trump Junior killed a rare species of endangered sheep during a hunting trip to Mongolia last summer.

Last week, anti-hunting campaigners condemned the annual SCI convention, and Brian Wilson and Al Jardine backed a boycott of their former band the Beach Boys, who are scheduled to appear at the event.

A screengrab of an advertisement for the auction. Photograph: Safari Club International

Kitty Block, president and CEO of the , said: “This annual event is the largest meeting in the world of people who celebrate the senseless , buying and selling of dead animals for bragging rights.

“As our planet suffers an extinction crisis, it is business as usual for the industry and SCI, who continue to revel in spending millions of dollars every year to destroy imperiled wildlife.”

SCI hit back at the criticisms and called them the “height of hypocrisy”, arguing that hunting makes enormous contributions to conservation and described Trump Junior as “an accomplished conservationist”.

The regulations around importing hunting trophies has been loosened under Donald Trump, though he has previously described the practice as a “horror show” despite his sons’ affection for big-game hunting. In 2018 the administration moved to make it easier to import trophies from exotic big-game animals such as elephants and lions.

This article was first published by The Guardian on 4 February 2020.


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Karen Lyons Kalmenson

So twisted this nightmare that the twisted call a dream

Diane
Diane

If they auctioned Donald Trump’s son to be shot at (provided he was put in the same situation as the wild animals he’s planning to murder – i.e. without a gun) then I would certainly be happy to take part in such an auction!! These people are money-mad barbarians – send them to Syria if they want to shoot things – but they’re too cowardly – they run the risk of getting shot back at there. These people make me sick!!