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Donald Trump Jr. trophy animal hunt auction starts bid at $10,000

A “dream hunt” with Donald Trump Jr. is up for grabs as part of a hunting organization’s annual convention, igniting controversy from animal rights groups. 

Safari Club International is auctioning off a week-long trophy hunt with President Donald Trump’s son through Alaska as part of its annual convention in Reno, Nevada, set to take place Wednesday through Saturday. Trump Jr. is the event’s keynote speaker.

The auctioned hunt with Trump Jr. would target black-tailed deer and sea ducks. Some Alaskan sea duck species, including the spectacled eider and Steller’s eider, are protected by the Endangered Species Act.

The auction website describes Trump Jr. as the “number one ambassador for our way of life.” The bidding for this event begins at $10,000.

Other hunts up for auction start bidding at up to $27,500 for a two-week leopard hunt in Tanzania.  

Trump Jr. has been criticized for hunting endangered and vulnerable trophy animals, including the Mongolian mountain sheep, or argali, and an African elephant. In 2012, photographs surfaced showing Trump Jr. holding an elephant tail.

Animal rights activists and conservationists called the event “senseless.” 

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