13 April 2012 – a South Africa Safari by Denis Sarana & Rost Tkachenko from Russia.
Cape Buffalo, Nyala, Kudu & Blesbuck in one day.
The true story behind Donald Trump Jr.’s safari, the dead elephant, and the media circus that erupted when a photo of him holding the elephant’s severed tail needs to be heard. It says something profound about men, about contemporary media bias and about what it really means to be an honest environmentalist today.
For the inside story I interviewed Donald Jr. He was raring to talk. The media slammed him, but then didn’t care about getting the true story.
First, the media fallout: Somehow TMZ, a celebrity scandalmonger website, obtained photos (even the Trumps don’t know how they got them) of Donald Trump Sr.’s two sons, 34-year-old Donald and 28-year-old Eric, on an African safari posing with that dead elephant as well as a leopard, crocodile, Cape buffalo and more.
TMZ ran the photos with a quote calling the Trump boys “pitiful bloodthirsty morons.”
TMZ also quoted Jack Carone, from the animal-rights group In Defense of Animals, saying, “Privilege has clearly not bought them the sensitivity or wisdom to view the world as anything but their personal playground, including the imagined entitlement to end the lives of sensitive and social animals for mere amusement.”
Something didn’t add up. Donald Trump Jr. has never played the part of the spoiled playboy son of a mega-rich Manhattanite. Sure, his father is Donald Trump Sr., a real estate tycoon revered for his business acumen, a man people can’t wait to hear say, “You’re fired” on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice.” And Donald Jr. certainly has the good looks Hollywood would cast as the careless son of an American magnate. However, his reputation is clean. He’s a hardworking family man. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Real Estate from the renowned Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an ambassador for Operation Smile, a children’s medical charity that provides cleft-lip and palate repair surgeries to poor children worldwide. He is an executive vice president at The Trump Organization. He spends his days waist deep in real-estate appraisals and other corporate interests. When he appears on “The Celebrity Apprentice” he always seems like a mature professional. When I spoke to him he had the demeanor of a polite, smart and civilized gentleman—not the slightest hint of blood thirst could be detected.
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Media statement issued by HUNTING LEGENDS INTERNATIONAL
HUNTING & CONSERVATION – THE TRUMPS VISIT & HUNT IN ZIMBABWE
Management and staff representing HUNTING LEGENDS INTERNATIONAL, an Africa and USA based international safari hunting company and service provider, has noted the extreme response and perhaps, one-sided reaction from private individuals and “concerned” animal rights activists to a hunting safari organized for the Trumps in Zimbabwe, August 2010.
The company, as part of its commitment to conservation through ethical & sustainable hunting, would like to express its view and state several facts in a bid to address these concerns and eliminate confusion caused by reckless and unsubstantiated allegations.
With reference to the hunt which took place in August of 2010: –
The hunt took place in Zimbabwe in the Matetsi East General Hunting Area – Victoria Falls.
The entire hunt was done strictly according to the laws of the Department of Nature Conservation in Zimbabwe and, as is custom in these Government controlled areas, a staff member of the department escorted the hunt at all times.
The hunt was conducted by a registered Zimbabwean Hunting company as is required by Zimbabwean Law, however Hunting Legends facilitated and booked the Trump hunt.
The hunt was legal and ethically conducted as prescribed by the industry norms and regulations.
None of the animals hunted were on the endangered specie list and all the required hunting permits were issued to the Trump’s by the relevant Department of Conservation authorities in Zimbabwe.
All the required permits were issued well in advance by the relevant Nature Conservation body itself and per quota allocated annually. All the applicable license fees were paid for, as well as the trophy fees & day fees charged by the Zimbabwean Company.
The edible meat went to the Zimbabwe concession holder, their staff and to local adjoining villagers, as is the custom in the area. (NOTE: This hunt took place in the Matetsi `East area, bordering private land of the concession holder and a well known camfire area.)
The statement or notion that this hunt was sanctioned by the Zimbabwe Government is incorrect and a complete fabrication. The implication of a link between the Government and the Trumps is false and misleading.
This event was a private hunting safari booked and conducted by Hunting Legends International and a registered Zimbabwean Outfitting Company & Concession owner. All processes followed was done legally and through the relevant conservation authorities.
No media group had any permission from the Trumps or us to use any of the photographs that were published on our website.
HUNTING LEGENDS INTERNATIONAL management and staff state categorically that its business is conducted in a professional manner, strictly in accordance with the laws and principles that regulate the Professional Hunting industry.
In addition to the many conservation projects that the company is involved, funds are regularly set aside for initiatives to support the protection of wildlife, HUNTING LEGENDS INTERNATIONAL is firmly committed to the education of the public about Professional Hunting and its acknowledged role in conservation.
Man’s infringement on the movement of animals continues to impact on wildlife management and the sanctuary of animals. Institutions like National Parks cannot accommodate an ever increasing population of animals and thus overpopulation often burdens the system so they cannot alone, sustain these operations to ensure protection of Africa’s wildlife species.
Many of the game reserves we hunt on today is land which had many years ago been used by settlers as land for farming cattle and crops.
An investment in the future – for man and animals
These farms, many of which have all seen better days, as technology has changed and many of these generations of pioneering farmers have disappeared from the scene, are bought by Game Ranchers like us.
Game Ranchers often rebuild these farms from scratch and change them back into private game sanctuaries. The take down the cattle fences, demolish all the shacks, old sheds and cattle pens and replace cattle, pigs, sheep and goats with all the wildlife, which used to roam there before.
Through proper management they rid these old agricultural farms of alien plants and re-establish the land to its natural condition. For illustration, on one property of 25 000 acres we now once again have more than 4 000 wild animals roaming about freely in unspoilt nature.
These Game Ranchers (like us) sustain themselves financially by allowing trophy hunters to come to our private wildlife sanctuaries (which were bought, paid for, developed and saved from disaster by ranchers like us) and, as stated before, hunt old & mature male animals, which are beyond their prime productive time. They manage animal population extremely scientifically as it is the backbone to all of our businesses.
We all only shoot a specific number of animals every year. We create jobs for local hungry and otherwise unemployed people, we supply meat and accessories to the local communities and we look after our own wildlife sanctuaries as if our lives depend on it – because it does!
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This is the topic of this FORUM and we invite you to participate in a sensible and responsible manner please. Use your common sense please and refrain from being vulgar or abusive as this wont be tolerated on our website.
This is an important topic and perhaps humanity and mankind will be best served if we can understand each others view points and enter into logic and sensible debate, which can contribute towards a better understanding of each persons opinion.
These are animal killers (like the worst rhino poachers) who don’t have any ethics and could care less if they shoot the last living member of a specie. They are willing to shoot canned and drugged animals. They could care less about conservation and only care for killing what’s in front of them. They don’t even practice the art of fair chase and getting to experience and cherish nature, all they care for is pulling the trigger and boasting their accomplished shot.
WHEN CONSERVATION IS NOT THE LONG TERM GOAL – THEN IT IS MERELY KILLING
There are undoubtedly many such cases in history and unfortunately many co-called legends in the hunting industry boast their accomplishments in history of how many animals (elephants as an example) they have shot merely for their ivory.
Do we or any other ethical hunter condone or approve of the mass killing of animals?
Of course not?
Fortunately, the industry is not just made up of butchering killers and these people in fact, are only a small portion of the industry at large. If this was not the case, we ourselves would vote to stop the hunting of all animals and support conservation at large to rid the world from all hunters.
However, there is a different story to this whole controversial scenario. Please allow us to explain.
From the moment mankind put up the first fence in this world, we as humanity have taken the responsibility on us to manage and govern wildlife from that day going forward.
Animals used to have the freedom to roam about this earth and fend for themselves. They had the freedom to move when necessary and find water and food wherever they could. The moment the first fence was erected that obligation to feed and sustain was left to mankind. We suddenly found ourselves as self appointed custodians of nature.
We all developed cities, industry, agricultural farms and towns alike. Not the hunters, all of mankind was responsible for this. Why, in order to sustain ourselves!
Wildlife as it was known, was changed for ever and man infringed on land which wildlife at large used to roam on freely.
Quite technically we are all to blame and our own growth in numbers has caused the world to change and we encroached on land which was free for all, man and animals alike.
Fortunately some of our ancestors had the foresight to see this and a number of national parks were created all over the world, to serve as sanctuaries for wildlife. Was this enough though? Could a few national parks in every country suddenly be sufficient to protect previous vast herds of animals from every imaginable specie?
No of course not.
Private game parks and game sanctuaries followed as did game farms or areas for hunting purposes. Unfortunately somebody has to pay for these sanctuaries as we are entrusted to manage these sanctuaries. Even the large sanctuaries need to be managed and kept, and all of this costs money. Some of these reserves are well visited by tourists and others are not. Some of these sanctuaries are well funded and others are not. A very small amount of all these sanctuaries are indeed financially self sustainable and in fact most are not. Most rely on hand outs, grants, donations and financial support from elsewhere.
People talk the talk but don’t walk the walk.
Sure, everybody wants to see wildlife protected for generations to come and easily voice their opinions publicly about this, however, not enough people in this world dig into their own pockets and spend enough money visiting these sanctuaries themselves or donating to them.
Not enough money is raised to sustain these sanctuaries and thus most border on the verge of bankruptcy and maintain a below needed existence.
EVEN WITH ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD – THESE SANCTUARIES FACE ANOTHER COMMON CHALLENGE –
When animals could roam about freely, there numbers were kept in check by nature itself. Nature took care of over population, through droughts, diseases, carnivores, hunters and over population was naturally in balance. Then came man and then came fences. Entrusted to protect and care for these animals, man ensured that diseases were eliminated, drought and fire was eliminated to great extent as man started interfering and managing nature himself. Hunters were banned and water wells were sunken.
With no more natural enemy, animals started to flourish and grow in numbers beyond imagination. All was good for man, or so we thought!
Over population of animals, resulted in less natural food, habitats being destroyed and a bigger problem appeared. An over population of just one specie – ELEPHANTS, saw natural forests in Botswana disappear. The very same animals we are protecting are destroying their own habitat – after all they don’t have a choice and nowhere to go!
What now? Massive over population of elephants exists in many countries such as Botswana, the Kruger National Park in South Africa, Zimbabwe and nowhere to go? They are destroying their own habitat.
Do we now get into planes and shoot and kill whole elephant herds (families) just to protect them, or what do we do. This is being done as we speak!!! Elephants are being culled, big and small, defenseless and unnecessary and why? Because we decided to protect them in the first place and fenced them in! They have nowhere to go, no natural enemies and simply outgrow the carrying capacity of the areas they live in.
Is this humane and what is called conservation?
National Parks rangers having to shoot and cull the very animals they so love and cared for? The horrible truth is, they have no choice or the elephants would soon destroy themselves, so these animals are shot by the hundreds and culled mercilessly and its done in utmost privacy so that radical conservationists don’t find out about this. It is kept quiet to prevent public outcries but it is nevertheless done, they have no choice!!
But are we all butchers and murderous killers? Are we threatening the very existence of the species we hunt?
Not by a long chance and only if you allow us the opportunity to explain, will you get a glimpse into reality and start to understand the real truth and how much hunting actually has helped and continues to help conservation at large.
Many of the game reserves we hunt on and own today, is land which had many years ago been used by settlers as land for farming cattle and crops. These settlers had to fight nature in order to make their own living. Many of these settlers have records indicating existence of thousands of wild animals on their farms when they first arrived there. But to make room for civilization, these farms were cleaned and rid of almost all animals, as wildlife was a threat to domestic animals and of very little value to the old people.
Millions of acres was rid from wildlife and animals altogether, simply killed to make room for domestic animals and crops. Trees were bulldozed to make room for crops and nature was destroyed to make room for what we refer to as growth and civilization.
Ironically, radical conservationists do not talk about these old people, the settlers who destroyed millions of acres of nature and also everything that moved or lived on these lands.
They are heralded in history books alike as being the pioneers! Pioneers which carved their existence into harsh and dangerous landscapes, making room for civilization and people to follow.
As little as 80 years ago most of these lands or areas abounded with wildlife and nature flourished, however, nature and wildlife was of little financial reward to these old people and posed more threat than benefit, hence man fenced, killed, built and developed what he afterwards proudly showed as his farm.
Gone was nature, gone were all the wild animals and gone was conservation. All replaced by cows, pigs, goats, horses, sheep, chickens, maize, crops and tractors.
These were pioneering farmers – the heart of our countries and the people who fed all in the cities – and still do, to this day!
Can we justifiably criticize them, can we all look on these farmers today and dare bad mouth them? I guess not, because the very food in your mouth comes from these same farms, the very same farms which were home to all the animals of this earth?
Now we come along – the hunters.
We buy up these farms, which have all seen better days, as technology has changed and many of these generations of pioneering farmers have disappeared from the scene. We rebuild the farms from scratch and change them back into private game sanctuaries. We take down the cattle fences, we demolish all the shacks, old sheds and cattle pens, we replace cattle, pigs, sheep and goats with all the wildlife which used to roam here before.
Through proper management we rid the farm of alien plants, we re-establish the land as it was before and we now have more than 4000 wild animals roaming about freely on 25000 acres of unspoilt nature again – just in one of our private reserves.
We sustain ourselves financially by allowing trophy hunters to come to our private wildlife sanctuaries (which we personally bought, paid for, developed and saved from disaster) and hunt our old & mature male animals, which are beyond their prime productive time. We manage our animal population extremely scientifically as it is the backbone to our business. We only shoot a numbered amount of animals every year. We create jobs for local hungry people, we feed them and we look after our own wildlife sanctuaries as if our lives depend on it – because it does!
Yet we are ridiculed and blamed for being murderous cowards.
Cowards, because we put nature first in our lives, rebuilt farms which were destroyed by settlers, re-introduced all the animals which used to roam these lands and protect it for generations to come – yet we are scum?
Or should we all take note, face the problem and find sustainable solutions to protect and sustain for generations to come.
Almost every proud and ethical hunter I know, will go to the ends of the earth and invest their own money to see that wildlife is protected for all generations to follow.
We are indeed conservationists at heart ourselves and go to extremes to protect the very areas, land and wildlife we hunt on – believe it or not!
HOW CAN WE HELP EACH OTHER
As long as radical conservationists refuse to see both sides of the coin, we will always fight each other instead of fighting for the same cause.
Put nature first – in its entirety – not just the elephant or the lion.
If you love nature as much as we do, then the commando ants, the 200 year old Acasia trees, the little dung beetle, the antelope to the elephant and everything in between, should be as important to you. It takes 5 years to breed and replace a big lion – it takes generations to replace that same old tree.
Look at nature holistically and fight for its existence, no matter where.
If wildlife and nature is flourishing in Public Game Parks, Private Wildlife Sanctuaries or Hunting Reserves, it does not matter – because NATURE IS THE BENEFICIARY AND IS WINNING AGAINST EXTINCTION!
If you succeed in banning hunting at large – YOU WILL DESTROY millions of acres of land, wildlife and nature again!
Think before you criticize and use your money to help fight against corruption, unethical practices and poverty in the world, rather than spending your time and money fighting a perceived threat – the trophy hunter!
The problem is that many innocent people such as you – are victims of corruption yourself!
You are rallied in support of banning hunting, because you are appealed to by so called conservationists trying to ban hunting and in need of your support and money. You are a victim of emotional abuse as they use photos of dead animals to win your heart and not facts to win over your logic.
Most of these people don’t have facts and don’t rely on statistics to sell you into their causes, they use photography and emotional marketing campaigns to solicit support and raise millions & millions of dollars throughout the world.
If you are a true conservationists, open your eyes and your wallet, but not by donating to such so called worthy charities! Take your money and your time and visit these parks, sanctuaries and protected areas yourself.
You will soon realize (especially in Africa) that poverty and corruption is a bigger threat to wildlife and nature, than hunting could ever be!
Millions and millions of dollars are raised for saving some animal specie in Africa every year. (Example – Elephants, Rhino, Lions etc)
These charities seem to be worthy and put the money to some good use, however, if you really want to support your cause, put your mind and time into it and not just your heart:
Visit Africa today!
We will support any person who is against the hunting of endangered wildlife species. We will also support and fight any cause against the extinction of our natural forests and wildlife at large, no matter who they are. However, we will also fight any person who does not first hand come and see what we ourselves are doing to protect the very same assets in mention.
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One of our fantastic lodges in the greater Kruger National Park area – South Africa
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A big buffalo herd while on Safari in the Timbavati with Sultan
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The King of the Jungle roams freely on our reserves
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SULTAN takes his own Red Hartebeest trophy in the Great Marico area. (Phillip and Sultan)
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Sultan and Phillip in Dubai recently with the opening of our new office.