US To Allow Imports Of Elephant Trophies From Zimbabwe, Zambia

US To Allow Imports Of Elephant Trophies From Zimbabwe, Zambia

US To Allow Imports Of Elephant Trophies From Zimbabwe, Zambia

The policy change comes shortly after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke established an "International Wildlife Conservation Council" to promote public awareness of conservation and the "economic benefits that result from USA citizens traveling overseas to hunt".

They argued that the ban reversal will raise money for conservation programs from hunters who pay to shoot them, noting that Zambia and Zimbabwe made changes to their elephant conservation efforts since the ban was implemented. "Additional killing of elephants in these countries, even if legal, is not sustainable and is not now supporting conservation efforts that contribute towards the recovery of the species", they said at the time.

Elephant advocacy groups reacted angrily to the news.

So when the it was reported that President Trump reversed the Obama-era ban on hunters importing trophies of elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia during government-approved expeditions, critics moved quickly to recirculate the photo.

Hunting group Safari Club International, which sponsored the meeting in Africa, praised the decision.

Trump Jr.is seen with the tail of an elephant he killed during a 2011 hunting trip.

"These positive findings for Zimbabwe and Zambia demonstrate that the Fish and Wildlife Service recognizes that hunting is beneficial to wildlife and that these range countries know how to manage their elephant populations", said SCI President Paul Babaz.

Under the Obama administration, the FWS decided in 2015 that importing elephant trophies from Zimbabwe would "not enhance the survival of the species". Wayne Pacelle, the president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, said the policy change sends the wrong signal amid global efforts to curb illegal poaching.

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African elephant populations had once numbered between three to five million in the last century, but have been severely reduced to its current levels of 415,000 animals due to hunting and the illegal ivory trade, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

"What kind of message does it send to say to the world that poor Africans who are struggling to survive can not kill elephants in order to use or sell their parts to make a living, but that it's just fine for rich Americans to slay the beasts for their tusks to keep as trophies?"

And it is no accident that two of the immoral cowards who take perverse pleasure in killing exotic animals for fun and trophies happen to be the sons of President Donald Trump.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday referred questions about the policy change to the Fish and Wildlife Service, saying no announcement had yet been "finalized".

A notice regarding this change will be posted in the Federal Register on Friday with more specifics on what new information justifies the changes.

In addition to poaching, elephants are also struggling with dwindling habitat.

Zimbabwe is now in turmoil, with President Robert Mugabe under house arrest as a military coup unfolds.

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