President Donald Trump announced late Friday night that he was putting “on hold” a move by his administration to end a ban on importing the remains of legally hunted elephants from two African countries into the United States, after the news of the government’s decision caught widespread criticism.
Among those critics: Gisele Bündchen.
The Brazilian model and wife of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady blasted the practice of such trophy hunting earlier Friday on Instagram alongside a previously posted photo of herself with two elephants.
“Nothing justifies killing harmless animals to use its parts only as material goods, decoration or even worse as a trophy to satisfy someone’s ego or pride. If we want a better future, we must take care of the wildlife,” wrote Bündchen, who has been an outspoken animal rights supporter and environmentalist.
“When you hurt one species you are hurting them all, including us humans,” she added. “We are all connected.”
By Sunday afternoon, the post had garnered more than 600,000 likes on Bündchen’s popular Instagram account.
Nothing justifies killing harmless animals to use its parts only as material goods, decoration or even worse as a trophy to satisfy someone´s ego or pride. If we want a better future, we must take care of the wildlife. When you hurt one species you are hurting them all, including us humans. We are all connected. #weareone #moreloveplease #BeKindToElephants @dswt @savetheelephants https://wildfor.life/ 🐘🙏🌎 Nada justifica matar animais inofensivos para usar suas partes apenas como bens materiais, decoração ou, ainda pior, para satisfazer o ego ou orgulho de alguém. Se queremos um futuro melhor, também temos de cuidar da vida selvagem. Se você fere uma espécie, está ferindo a todas, incluindo nós, seres humanos. Somos todos conectados. https://wildfor.life/
Despite her husband’s personal relationship to the president, it’s not the first time Bündchen has publicly rebuked the Trump administration, which has consistently worked to dismantle the environmental policies of President Barack Obama. Brady, for his part, has not taken any stance on big-game trophy hunting, though he has appeared in the past to agree with his wife on environmental issues.
Unlike his adult sons, Trump himself has previously said he disapproves of big game hunting.