Mocking Donald Trump Jr.’s affinity for hunting, the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released a Halloween costume of the president’s son, which features Trump Jr. “entwined with a bloodied leopard,” according to The Hill.
“In a twist on the horrific trophy-hunting photo that showed the Trump brothers grinning while clutching the body of a dead leopard – this time the leopard wins,” PETA tweeted. The organization attached a photograph of a hunter with a red hat which reads “Donald Trump Jr.,” soaked in leopard blood, with a rifle in his hand.
“There’s nothing more frightful than an entitled ghoul who gets his kicks from gunning down wild animals. This Halloween, PETA will help people poke fun at someone who believes that the world and its wildlife are here for him to take,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement.
The Donald Trump Jr. Halloween costume costs $169.
PETA’s dig at Trump Jr. comes as no surprise, considering the fact that the president’s son is known to be a hunting aficionado, and has been photographed holding leopard and elephant trophies, according to The Hill.
It did not take long for The Hill‘s reportage to reach Trump Jr., who hit back at PETA via Twitter, calling the animal rights group an “animal slaughter factory.”
“Ironically, there are few orgs in world history that have as much animal blood on their hands as PETA. You hypocrites are literally an animal slaughter factory,” Trump Jr. wrote.
Apart from ridiculing the organization, Donald Jr. tweeted a link to a Huffington Post article, which details PETA’s “secret slaughter” of animals.
According to the article, around 2,000 animals pass through the organization’s door each year, but only a few make it out alive. In fact, 96 percent of animals taken in by PETA are killed and cremated.
The article, which dates back to 2013, alleges that PETA killed nearly 30,000 cats, dogs, rabbits, and other animals in 2012. In an effort to prove the claims, the Huffington Post attached a series of images, showing what the author, Nathan Winograd, contends to be proof of PETA’s alleged hypocrisy.
In a twist on the horrific trophy-hunting photo that showed the Trump brothers grinning while clutching the body of a dead leopard – this time the leopard wins! ???? Pre-order PETA’s NEW limited-edition @DonaldJTrumpJr #Halloween costume. https://t.co/4aKD2qglmz pic.twitter.com/vSIJOM48tB— PETA ???? (@peta) September 20, 2018
Clearly, for Donald Trump Jr. the Huffington Post article perfectly summarizes the alleged hypocrisy of the world’s best-known animal rights group. But, the piece Trump Jr. tweeted to poke fun at PETA is one of many similar articles detailing the organization’s alleged (and seemingly counterintuitive) mistreatment of animals.
In 2012, the Atlantic reported that PETA fails to provide homes for most animals it adopts, routinely killing dogs, cats, and rabbits.
In 2015, citing PETA’s own records, the Washington Post reported that the organization kills 81 percent of the animals it takes.
Editor’s note: PETA reached out to the Inquisitr with reactions to the above-referenced contentions.
“In the impoverished rural areas that PETA serves, it operates a single “shelter of last resort” that takes in mostly sick, aged, injured, aggressive, or otherwise unadoptable animals—many of whom are turned away by other shelters with limited-admission policies—and has a rescue team, which is on call 24/7 to give relief to abused and suffering animals for whom euthanasia, or a quiet, painless death, is the most humane option. PETA takes in all animals in need, without discrimination, admission fees, appointments, waiting lists, or other obstacles.
Millions of dogs and cats will enter animal shelters in the U.S. this year, and nearly half of them will be euthanized for lack of a good home. To address this tragedy at its source, it’s essential that everyone spay or neuter their animal companions in order to prevent the births of more unwanted animals. PETA also provides this service in the communities that it serves and, to date, has spayed and neutered more than 155,000 companion animals at low to no cost. Please watch this video for a good look at PETA’s lifesaving work.”