(TMU) — A group called Safari Club International (SCI) is auctioning off a week-long “dream hunt” with U.S. President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr. The auction is taking place at an annual trophy hunting convention in Reno, Nevada, where expeditions to shoot elephants, bears, and giraffes are also up for sale and auction.
The prize is a week-long Sitka black-tailed deer hunt with Trump Jr. in Alaska. Trump Jr.’s son will also be tagging along for the trip.
The highest bid for the trip is currently $15,000 with two days remaining.
The description for the Trump Jr. prize reads:
“This year we will be featuring Donald Trump Jr., a man who needs no introduction, and who’s passion for the outdoors makes him the number one ambassador for our way of life. Don Jr shares this heritage with his son and believes in handing down these lessons to young hunters. Don Jr and his son will be hosting this year’s hunt along with Keegan in Alaska. Join them aboard Alaska’s premiere luxury hunting vessel for a 7-day Sitka black-tailed deer and sea ducks hunt along with Master Guide Keegan McCarthy.”
The auction has sparked fury among animal rights activists who have already been campaigning against Trump Jr. after he killed a rare species of endangered sheep during a hunting trip to Mongolia last summer.
Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, told the Guardian:
“This annual event is the largest meeting in the world of people who celebrate the senseless killing, buying and selling of dead animals for bragging rights. As our planet suffers an extinction crisis, it is business as usual for the trophy hunting industry and SCI, who continue to revel in spending millions of dollars every year to destroy imperiled wildlife.”
SCI has responded to these allegations by pointing out that large sums of money are raised for conservation through hunters each year. A statement from the organization went on to describe Trump Jr. as “an accomplished conservationist.”
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