When you are the President of the United States, the past will always come back to haunt you. Controversial photos of Trump's sons have started recirculating on Reddit even though they are several years old and people have a lot of opinions about them.
Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump went on an African safari which involved hunting big game. Photos emerged of them posing with the animals they killed and people were not happy about it, but there is more to the story.
When this first came out several years ago, TMZ called them "pitiful bloodthirsty morons". But what they didn't explain was that the Trumps were hunting legally. It was confirmed by the Director-General of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority who said that they were accompanied by game rangers the entire time they hunted with a registered outfitter.
Trump Jr says that the hunting was something they did with their grandfather and that "Anyone who thinks hunters are just 'bloodthirsty morons' hasn't looked into hunting...Nature actually humbles you. Hunting forces a person to endure, to master themselves, even to truly get to know the wild environment."
Whether or not you agree with hunting on a moral standpoint, travelling hunters like the Trumps pay a fair bit of money to participate and that money goes towards conservation efforts.
Even the national Geographic has expressed that these hunting camps are helping them, by saying, "The great irony is that many species might not survive at all were it not for hunters trying to kill them. Trophy hunting is of key importance to conservation in Africa by creating [financial] incentives to promote and retain wildlife as a land use over vast areas..."
These hunting facilities and parks bring in roughly $200 million and that goes a long way to protecting the species.
So while the images are upsetting to look at, they don't really give the full story. The conservation groups make sure to target the animals that are old and preventing the young ones from breeding, or animals who may be overpopulated and would face starvation if the numbers grew to high.
What do you think, is it unacceptable to hunt these animals or is it okay as long as they are doing so responsibly?