Trump sons say coverage of safari affair incomplete

April 10, 2012 01:00PM

There is more to the Trump sons’ African safari and killing spree than meets the eye, Forbes reported. The hunting trip Eric and Donald Jr. took in Zimbabwe last year might have looked brutal and bloodthirsty, but the media outlets, led by celebrity gossip blog TMZ, failed to report some key facts, Forbes pointed out: Elephants are overpopulated in the region where the Trumps were hunting, the leopard they killed was not endangered, contrary to reports, and elephant tails are removed in Africa as a matter of ritual “as a sign of respect for the fallen animal.”

Director-General of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, V. Chadenga, published a letter March 27 in which he called the blasting by the media “baseless” and stated that, “Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump hunted legally during their visit to Zimbabwe.”

Donald Trump Jr. told Forbes the media was not too concerned with the truth. “The hit piece was news to them, but the facts that later eroded the sensationalistic story weren’t worth their ink.” [Forbes]