Group That Killed Cecil The Lion Part Of Trump’s New Commission To Promote Big Game Trophy Hunting

Mother Jones reports:

The Trump administration has launched a commission at the Interior Department to promote big-game trophy hunting and the “economic benefits that result from US citizens traveling to foreign nations to engage in hunting.” The council, which will cost taxpayers $250,000 a year, is charged with making recommendations to Secretary Ryan Zinke about removing barriers to importing trophy hunting animals—such as the recently overturned ban on elephant and lion trophies from some countries—and relaxing legal restrictions on hunting and importing endangered species.

The members of the International Wildlife Conservation Council, which is holding its first meeting Friday, include a reality-TV safari hunting guide, a former beauty queen, gun industry representatives, members and affiliates of a controversial trophy hunting group, and a veterinarian associated with an exotic animal breeding facility in Florida that sells endangered animals to roadside zoos.

Of the 16 IWCC members, at least 10 have an affiliation with Safari Club International, which represents wealthy big-game hunters who often tangle with the Fish and Wildlife Service over permits to import of game trophies from overseas, particularly for endangered species. Perhaps SCI’s most famous member is Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who got into hot water in 2015 for killing a lion named Cecil who lived in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.

At the link you’ll find much more about the NRA-affiliated kooks, trophy hunters, and reality show stars that will be part of Trump’s new commission.

  • JWC

    Yup sound like excellent candidates for Trump Thug INC

  • Tesauro

    OT Go see Love, Simon.

  • 🐾vorpal🐾

    Why go abroad to hunt when you can hunt Nazis right from the comforts of your own country?

    • kanehau

      They are now an endangered species under Trumps protection.

      • ColdCountry

        Protected, maybe. Endangered, I think not.

        • thatotherjean

          More like encouraged.

  • kanehau

    Color me surprised.

  • ColdCountry

    International Wildlife Conservation Council? How fucking DARE they? Gods DAMN these motherfuckers to eternal hell!

    • Kruhn

      Because by killing big game trophy animals, you are conserving an industry. You should know better than that, you silly liberal! /s

      • Mihangel apYrs

        Indeed, conserving the skins, or heads, or ivory, etc etc.

        The lives don’t matter

      • ColdCountry

        Fuck sarcasm! (I’m not mad at YOU.) This makes me burn with a white-hot anger against these greedy, entitled, selfish, unethical, irresponsible, low-life scum!

        • Todd20036

          You shouldn’t really be mad at Kruhn. His comment isn’t really sarcasm It’s more like the justification the Nazis use to come up with ideas like this.

          Get mad, but at our regime.

          • ColdCountry

            I said I wasn’t mad at Kruhn. And I know it’s not really sarcasm as that’s probably the way they think. And it’s Dump, his family, and his backers, and all the greedy, entitled, selfish, unethical, irresponsible, low-life scum that I hate so passionately!

        • Fella

          Agreed – see my post above.

        • Librarykid

          I hope that in their afterlife, these butchers are hunted every day, brought down and torn apart by the predators they kill here with high power rifles.

        • Kruhn

          As you should! I’m also mad as hell with these bastards.

    • Todd20036

      Mad, sure. Surprised? Nope. Not in the slightest.

    • Clive Johnson

      Oh yes. The most ethically dubious, thoughtless and callous bottom dwellers are flocking to the Trump administration. Trumpism is an aggregation of errors and viciousness, policy mistakes and inherited myriad debasements. People I’d cut off social ties with, people I’d never work for–these are the ones elevated in the GOP and into Trump’s circle jerk of cretins and deplorables.

    • The Sentinel

      It’s like when they use “Family”, you know its anything but.

    • JCF

      They honestly believe this. “We hunt the few, to conserve the many.” [NB: they don’t hunt “few”]

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    • Dave B

      A black man parading with a confederate flag? WTF is wrong with some people?

      • Marc: The Social Gadfly

        Where are the slaves? Funny how these “re-enactments” never include them.

        • thatotherjean

          By the time there were Confederate veterans able to parade (and these are probably their sterling descendants), there were no slaves any more–at least not legally.

      • Paula

        That was my first thought. Where did they find a Black man willing to participate in this? I figure he was being paid. The boss is in the parade and offered him money to be there.

      • JCF

        Seriously. Dude, I’m sure there’s a corner near a tax preparation place where you could be paid to stand dressed as the Statue of Liberty…

    • Mb

      Seriously.. confederate VETERANS? The youngest being 150 years old?

    • Treant

      Pence loves the traitor flag.

    • TheSeer

      Puck Fence!

  • dempseyzdad

    If you did not vote in 2016, or did not vote for Hillary – particularly in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Minnesota or Wisconsin – you can just STFU. YOU are the reason for all of this. We told you what would happen if you allowed trump to win, and this is the result. I have as much contempt for liberals who either didn’t vote, or didn’t vote for Hillary as I do for trumptards.

    • Mihangel apYrs

      “We told you so” isn’t a helpful approach. I would have though you’d want to say something like “you made a fucking BAD mistake at the last election. For the sake of LGBT+ people, the American nation, and the world! FFS get out and vote Democrat, even if you need to hold your nose”

      • AJD

        Yeah, we tried that already. It didn’t work.

        • Mihangel apYrs

          keep on trying, otherwise Trumpelstiltskin and his gang will keep winning. And even if Trump falls, the Rethugs will keep going.

          Remember, these peoplewere not Rethugs but people who were turned against voting Dem last time. There is always a possibility for “redemption”

      • JCF

        Some of each, depending on the context.

    • jonfromcalifornia

      We got one last chance this November to stop Trump and that is to take over the Senate and the House. If we take over Congress, it’s game over for Trump and Pence, unless the Democrats play kumbaya with Republicans again. If the Senate remains in GOP hands, the courts will be filled with religious and other nutjobs who will undo any and everything progressive, including women’s and LGBT rights.

  • safari

    Can we please leave the few remaining large mammals alone?

    • SFBruce

      With one very notable, very vocal, and very large mammal excepted.

      • safari

        At this point he’s mostly beef-patty glue and aspartame.

  • PickyPecker
    • safari
    • LeeCMH

      Yes, yes, yes!

    • safari
      • safari

        Some men actually learn to interact with predators instead of shoot them for funsies.

      • Goodboy

        There’s another guy that built a relationship with a Lion I watched on Netflix recently. They would even hunt together.
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d679defa05e5213ce866c34853cdb43c2e31b65357f8417f7209d6929a0b7914.jpg

        • The Sentinel

          You have to seriously be into pussy for this.

        • JCF

          Lions are social animals, so this is possible. Don’t try this w/ a tiger!

      • Paula

        I never know that lions were into Shallow Water Ballroom Dancing.

        • DaveMiller135

          Yeah, but they always want to back-lead.

        • greenmanTN

          Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Estaire did but backwards and in high heels. You have to admit it would have been funny if she suddenly ate him.

          OK, maybe not. My sense of humor is a little… off.

          Oh c’mon, wouldn’t Ginger Rogers eating Fred Astaire be at least a LITTLE funny?!

          Hmmmph! Some people have no sense of humor! 😁

          • whollyfool

            I think it’s funny. But I wouldn’t go by that. 😀

      • Acronym Jim

        I hope that isn’t a scene from the movie Roar.

    • safari

      I know it’s dangerous in reality, but I just imagine that big kitty big purring into that man’s ear.

    • Steverino

      Take nothing but pictures, and leave nothing but footprints.

      • Todd20036

        and maybe feces.

        Depends on how deep into nature you go

        • We took ours back out with us. Human feces can damage truly pristine environments. They make camping toilets with special bags just for that purpose.

          • Todd20036

            I did not know that.

        • Steverino

          The closer Mueller gets, Uday and Qusay may become endangered feces.

    • Treant

      Dude, you don’t need the huge camera. The purring is coming from inside the house.

    • Mihangel apYrs

      All very sweet, but remember these are animals socialised to be around humans. Not to be tried in the wild! (Except by Trump and his buddies!)

  • Richard B

    You couldn’t make this up, but in this era of the worst, most horrible republican POTUS of all time, it is just par for the course.
    Unfortunate to say this in a public forum, but men with inadequate penises do crap like this.

  • LeeCMH

    tRump’s MO:

    1) Court the hateful Christians and racists for their hateful support.

    2) Do everything he can to enrich the 1%.

    Really, exactly who can afford to go on a safari to Africa, the 1%. I couldn’t afford to go if I had to leave my job for it even if the trip was all expense paid.

    But if I could go on a safari, I would shoot with a camera.

    • Mikey

      I’d rather go on a safari in Washington.

      • Kruhn

        I’m presuming it’d be Washington DC, not Washington state

      • Octoberfurst

        I’d like to go to DC to hunt Orange Buffoons. They’re very rare but I would just love to have a head of one for a trophy.

  • SFBruce

    More unsurprising, outrageous appointments, and right in line with Donnie’s other appointees: An EPA head who doesn’t believe in climate change, a HUD chief who doesn’t believe in public housing and an Education Secretary who doesn’t believe in public education.

  • houstonray

    I just wake up or come home from work or check in after a day out and it really just gets worse by the day, more often by the hour.

    Not sure how much more of this shit show our country (or our sanity) can sustain…

    • Max_1
      • UrsusArctos 🐻

        Hour??!!?? I’m up to WTFs per millisecond.

      • Acronym Jim

        I never imagined spending 8-10 hours a day at work would be considered stress relief.

    • safari

      HP Lovecraft teaches us that we can drive our sanity pretty far.

      • Mihangel apYrs

        eventually you will meet Cthulu if you’re not careful

    • Gretchen

      I feel the same way. I keep thinking that at some point even Putin will be like, “nope, that’s one bridge too far.”

    • safari

      As one of our fellow JMGer’s stated, Donald is staying in DC this weekend. Expect worse soon.

      • houstonray

        Oh great. Might be time for me to just head out to the country and do some gardening. Take my mind off things.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          We have half of inch of ice on the ground.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Thank you for remembering me

  • Marc: The Social Gadfly

    Find a trophy hunter, shoot them.

    • thatotherjean

      I will not publicly advocate the killing of big-game trophy hunters, but I will admit to rooting for the animals, every time.

      • Goodboy

        At least they could call it a sport then and not get laughed at.

      • Marc: The Social Gadfly

        I didn’t say anything about killing them. There are a number of things to shoot them with. 😉

        • thatotherjean

          Tranquilizer darts might work.

          • Marc: The Social Gadfly

            That’s creative! Lol 👍🏻

  • SoCalGal20

    Oh, one of the guys on that commission is in business with Don Jr. They own some “hunting” property in NY or somewhere. I don’t know any details of the business, I just saw a passing mention of the association with Junior on twitter yesterday or the day before.

  • Henry Auvil

    Good times and bum times, I’ve seen them all and my dear, American democracy won’t survive this fiasco of a president.

    • Treant

      It’s already dead. A year of erosion, Americans universally sitting on their asses or, at most, going out to stand around for a couple hours and calling democracy “saved.” Defense of an investigation that has made no material move to remove Dumpster.

      It’s dead. It could still be revived, but I’m not entirely sure it’s worth the effort.

  • crewman

    The Manchurian Candidate takes another bold step in his quest to pervert every department and agency into being the opposite of what it was designed to be.

  • worstcultever

    Just more fuck-you that’s gonna be stopped.

    Half of this goddamn country didn’t bother to vote, roughly 23% of those who did gave us this shitshow from hell.

    Think that’s gonna continue? I guess it could, but am hoping otherwise.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Name these people.

  • Larry Hankamer

    Apparently Qusay and Uday Trump have small penises too.

  • Jim Maloney

    “International Wildlife Conservation Council”

    Misnomer to say the least.

  • Goodboy

    There’s show on Netflix called Trophy. They try to give a balanced look at the whole killing of exotic and endangered species debate. The wealthy Hunters come off as psychopaths though. Then you combine that with all out greed of the businesses. Yeah, they didn’t look too good.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e0418573f3af8715292c28b93db33bcc839d811f4b1ae787ab905229817822df.jpg

  • Alexander Stallwitz

    Is there a more perfect symbol of Trump’s “presidency” a Wildlife Conservation comission that has the dentist that killed Cecil the lion? Oh god, we truly live in the Upside Down.

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    Just how small does your dick have to be to go trophy hunting with a gun rather than a camera? I’m rooting for the animals on four legs.

    • My first thought as well. Hunters: women are on to you. A big gun is a big red flag for all women who value good sex. It says: “Don’t look for that here.”

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        If I want good sex, I’ll look for a man that is a feminist. They are great lovers.

  • SilasMarner

    What these assholes are doing is not hunting. It’s ruthless murder and slaughter.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Another day and another DISGUSTING new low for the Trump admin.
    Despicable.

  • Mike

    Is it news, or is it satire? I can’t tell anymore.

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  • dcurlee

    Hate this fucking administration and Trump family

    • Todd20036

      Right? I thought W would be the absolute worst in my lifetime.

      Universe: Hold my beer.

  • coram nobis

    And what economic benefit do the wildlife countries gain by having endangered species killed off by rich trophy hunters? I realize some countries might take bribes to permit this — which will require extra funding, of course — but what of the countries that might object? Cecil the lion was a tourist draw, a renewable resource, before someone took him off as a private trophy, and once gone, they’re gone. And what if they start hunting in areas specifically set aside as refuges, like, say national parks for gorillas or such?

    Modest proposal: maybe a country like say, Rwanda, should hold trophy hunter hunts. What would a trophy hunter sell for if mounted and stuffed?

    • LeeCMH

      Yes, depleting their resource for temporary economic gain for the people already rich.

      Your point regarding renewable resources is well taken. Does nothing for the long term benefit of the countries or the poor people currently living there.

      After all, the 1% will just start spending their money elsewhere once the resource is gone, extracting resources elsewhere.

  • Sam_Handwich
  • Sam_Handwich

    new thread

  • jimbo65

    I could never date a big game hunter . Lump them in with Republicans and trumpers

  • Grant Low

    Every day I think this administration couldn’t possibly get any more repulsive or sink any lower. And every day I’m wrong.

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    At the link you’ll find much more about the NRA-affiliated kooks, trophy hunters, and reality show stars that will be part of Trump’s new commission death cult.

  • whollyfool

    Does anybody else have trouble with these pictures? They make me pretty sad.

    I know, I’m a big snowflake. :/

    • safari

      I scroll past them. I don’t like to dead mammals.

  • Jefe5084
  • Paula

    I have hunted in the past and gotten numerous animals. In Wyoming, deer and antelope were plentiful. I don’t ever want to again, I don’t feel right about it.
    However, we hunted for the meat, not trophies. All of the meat was consumed.
    All of it was a legal hunt. Trophy hunting is wrong.

  • Mike C.

    “The council, which will cost taxpayers $250,000 a year…” So much for fiscal responsibility.

  • Halou

    Are any of the members of this commission actual experts on the issue, or are they all just profiteers?
    Also, way to go Trump regime, inviting the people responsible for a serious diplomatic incident to manage an issue for which good foreign relations are vital.

  • Phil2u

    Deplorable. Simply deplorable.

  • thatotherjean

    The bottom of that barrel that Trump keeps dredging these people out of must be deeper than the Mariana Trench. A commission to encourage big-game trophy hunting? Ye gods, that’s disgusting.

  • The Sentinel
  • Barry William Teske

    Well, I see it is due time, that I write the leaders of other countries, while including my own, Canada, about the economic benefits and the real time human benefits, that result from its sovereign citizens maintaining a diverse and living natural environment, including its natural species, for the benefit of its children and all future generations to come.
    I hope, and have seen indications, that I am not in this alone.

  • narutomania

    The idealogues of the GOP have long tried to cast Democratic candidates as hyper-snobby members of “The Elite” and therefore completely out of touch with the working man and his real needs. Their approach spins the notion that GOP lawmakers are in touch with the working man and work for him, create policy that benefits him.

    So … big game hunting. Right. It’s for the little man. Nothing elitist here.

  • Larry Hankamer

    Apparently Qusay and Uday Trump haves small penises, too.

    • thatotherjean

      They are their father’s sons.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Considering that some anti-poaching groups in Africa are, apparently, targeting trophy hunters, they might want to think twice about it. Personally, I zero moral or ethical scruples about these “brave hunters” being taken out by the locals. After all, it’s their country and if they want to hunt privileged white men, who am I to tell them they can’t.

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  • greenmanTN

    I did some research when the photo of Trump’s sons holding a dead leopard (a gorgeous animal) was first released.

    The population of big cats has been reduced by over 90% since 1970, at least in part because “big game hunters” aka dipshits with really tiny dicks, think it’s really impressive to kill such a beautiful animal and display the skin or head of such an animal because they think it makes them a Really Big Man.

    That Minnesota Dentist who killed a TAME lion just to show what a big man he is should be in prison.

    • zhera

      They should ALL be in prison, for so many reasons.

      The leopard is my absolute fave big cat. The grace, the face, the markings, it’s just so beautiful! It’s the only big cat that climbs trees, and it does so to keep it’s food safe from other predators.

      The picture up there is like seeing a picture of my (hypothetical) own dead cat, tortured and killed for fun. It hurts my soul.

      • greenmanTN

        I look at that picture and think “That animal is almost impossibly beautiful!” I look at it and marvel at the millions of years it took for such a thing to develop, then these two fuckwits come along and think “Me big hunter. People be real impressed if me shoot it!”

        What the actual fuck?!

  • Friday

    Abject evil and blatant scumbaggery.

  • RickCabral

    This whole post is an outrage! But, what could we expect when dealing with the orange looney?

  • TKW

    Lower and lower. Jump when I think I can’t be shocked…

  • Mike Rasor

    Ummm how does using Interior Department resources to promote foreign businesses put “America first?”

    • Maybe he’s going to turn Mar-a-Lago into a game park.

      • William

        Think how much they can save on not paying return airfare for the temporary staff.

      • Canadian Observer

        As long as he resides in the pool and, as resident hippo, is fair game, I am all in favour of the idea.

  • AJD

    I absolutely hate these fucking people. Like, I wish for them to be mauled by lions or crushed by elephants on their safari trips. And if that happened to one of Trump’s piece of shit sons, I’d gloat about it on his Twitter just for the sadistic pleasure of compounding his grief.

  • David Gervais

    That $250,000 would really help the people promoting ecologically sound tourism. That would create permanent careers, not just one shot jobs.

  • Kevin Andrews

    More of the sedition to treason of the Shitgibbon’s minions who are sworn to destroy the Departments they are assigned to.
    There is no clearer statement of contempt of life than what these “trophy Hunters” display in their need to kill.
    We The People should put them into one of their “Big Game Parks and Preserves” and hunt them down to hang their heads on the walls of every gas station restroom in the nation.

    • David Gervais

      I was just typing….
      Someone should start an agency to issue permits to hunt Republicunts. They’re certainly not an endangered species.

      • Lars Littlefield

        Thin the herd. Good idea.

  • Fella

    It would sweet justice to go big game hunting with that group of assholes and watch them all get ripped apart by the lions they are trying to decimate. They all deserve a long suffering death. May they all get it soon.

  • John Sherin

    You libs are such brainwashed pussys go suck Hilary butt

    • zhera

      Ohmigod I’m so offended!!!111!!11!

      Sorry, troll. You’re gonna have to try harder. Blocked and ignored from now on.

      • ChrisMorley

        It has so far managed to make just that one comment.

    • Gianni

      You seem annoyed at us brainwashed pussies. (note the correct spelling). You also seem like a deep thinker, intelligent to the max, and severely underappreciated Republican spokesman.

    • David Gervais

      And your point is? You have to be much better at commenting if you are going to hang around here.

    • M Jackson

      Yawn. Enjoy the bear ads but don’t speak.

    • ColdCountry

      Oh, my! Look what just crawled out of Dump’s ass!

    • DaMoldBrok

      One should have made better choices while attending public school. As in, attending classes!

      If one would have attended said classes, they would have known to not try to troll a blog/website of those that you were the bully towards, at said public school.

      We were smart enough to attend classes, that taught the art of proper spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc. You know, the english language.

      If you knew of such things, you would know to be up on your game before you try to start shit with people, that are smarter than you.

      Or, as we here on this here bloggy thingy would say, “poof, be gone with yourself!”

    • No More GOP.

      You couldn’t possibly be a real person. Blocked.

  • JCF
    • William

      That’s every day.

  • Jay Phelps

    There us nothing too low for the Trump team to do.

  • Gianni

    Might this have anything at all to do with those two loving, wonderful, trophy-hunting sons of his?

  • TheSeer

    Deplorable.

  • Chris Baker

    I would be OK with big-game hunting if they were limited to hand-to-hand (paw) combat. Aren’t these modern hunts just like “there’s the lion over there in that pen, go ahead and shoot it”.

    It like when the bullies only pick on people weaker than themselves.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I would love to see a tribes person tell Don junior to just out there on foot and with only a spear and Don being dumb enough to take the challenge.

      • He doesn’t have the balls, never mind the brains.

  • Slippy_World
  • Tor

    Just kill off all the animals. Then there won’t be any endangered species to worry about.

    • ColdCountry

      I’ll assume that’s sarcasm, but please, don’t give them ideas.

      • Tor

        You can rest assured it is snark. But I don’t trust them not to think it.

    • David Gervais

      By animals, I thought you meant Republican’ts.
      Then I realized that they are not an endangered species. SAD!

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I remember a video where a non hunting safari guy drove really close to lions and said there is no sport when you can get this close, are in a protected vehicle and have a long distance weapon. A carnival game is way more challenging and I think most here would be way cooler with the stuffed animal from a carnival game as a prize.

  • Tor

    International Wildlife Conservation Council. Not about conservation. It’s like Betsy the education secretary.

  • fuzzybits

    These fuckers are sick.

  • Rick Zajac

    Assholes. That’s all I can say, what a bunch of assholes.

    • DaMoldBrok

      Now, now. As I have mentioned before, we do not wish to offend anyone, everyone has an asshole, we should call them WHOLE ASSES!

  • netxtown

    now tell me that part again about the diagnosis of somebody who enjoys killing animals….

    • William

      Dahmer.

  • octobercountry

    This is absolutely disgusting.

  • No More GOP.

    Sick. Just sick.

  • “The economic benefits” of U.S. citizens traveling to other countries to kill animals?

    To whom?

  • Marty Pavelka

    Son of a bitch.

  • Ninja0980

    Both parties are the same right?

  • Girlgoon

    Somehow I missed the logic that this somehow benefits the people of the united states. I guess I’m a little slow.

    • William

      Maybe they will refuel their private jets at a US airport before flying to some exotic locale?

  • William

    How long until Drumpf legalizes hunting humans on our streets? I bet his friends would pay big money for that.

  • Nate

    Every guy that goes big game hunting and isn’t doing it out of desperate need to feed his family is a fucking pussy.

  • SoCalVet

    I’m going to have to revoke my atheist credentials because I’m starting to believe in the devil.

  • DaveMiller135

    I would definitely like to lure them all out of their homes, with food, and then shoot them.

  • Misutaa Roboto

    What the fuck? Why is this something that needs to be promoted? Oh wait…because it’s something that the trumpspawn enjoy engaging in. Just when I think I couldn’t hate them more.

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  • pgarayt

    This particular group of Humans want everything, all of it. It is irrelevant what they already have and no amount of reason, logic or common sense will change their minds, and I use the word minds extremely liberally.

  • Ellen Farrell

    Big game trophy hunting is an embarrassment to civilized society. It is disgusting and immoral!! These assholes need to get a life and do something positive for themselves and nature . Morons!!

  • Shelley Shipt

    Heartbreaking and Just Useless.
    Karma will Bite each one of these Idiots.