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article imageZimbabwe group investigates legality of Trump's son hunting spree

By Katerina Nikolas     Mar 24, 2012 in Sports
The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force has launched an investigation into the legality of Donald Trump's sons recent hunting spree, after photographs of their trip were posted online.
Digital Journal reported that Don Jr. and his brother Eric were criticised after details of their hunting trip in Zimbabwe came to light. The Donald's sons were photographed alongside their kill which included an elephant, crocodile and leopard. The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force is now investigating the legality of their hunting trip which the Zimbabwe Mail reports was organised by South African firm Pretoria-based Hunting Legends International, which may not have paid the appropriate licence and trophy fees to the Zimbabwean authorities.
Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force told AFP his organisation had no record of the Trump trip. "The safari operator was obviously paid but the majority of the money probably didn’t come into Zimbabwe." This could leave both the hunters and organisers liable to "fines of up to $500,000 if found guilty of breaching hunting laws in Zimbabwe."
Rodrigues went on to add "We have people on the ground investigating. We want to find out if the hunting was ethical. There is a lot of corruption and unethical conduct going on in the safaris. We want to find the truth and where the money generated from the hunting went to.
We have been told that the Trump brothers were saying they gave game meat to locals who were starving, that's an insult to local people. These people are wealthy. If they wanted to help the people of Zimbabwe, why didn't they build schools or something like that, than to say that they gave meat to starving people. The area they are said to have hunted is Matetsi and there are no people who live there."
The company that organised the hunt has denied any wrongdoing, issuing a statement that said "The hunt was entirely legal and ethically conducted as prescribed by the industry norms and regulations. None of the animals hunted were on the endangered species list and are plentiful in the area the hunt was conducted on."
Whether ethical or legal the hunting trip drew plenty of criticism upon the Trump boys and reportedly cost their father at least one advertiser who withdrew from the hit show "The Apprentice " after learning of the hunting trip.
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