Ellen took on Donald Trump's anti-elephant policy & he suspended it

9 2010 elephants use their trunks to smell for possible danger in the Tsavo East national park Kenya. The Trump administration is lifting a federal ban on the importation of body parts from African elephants shot

9 2010 elephants use their trunks to smell for possible danger in the Tsavo East national park Kenya. The Trump administration is lifting a federal ban on the importation of body parts from African elephants shot

In a rare about-face, US President Donald Trump has carried out an abrupt policy U-turn on the importation of big-game animal parts from Zimbabwe after a storm of public outrage.

The pause on certain elephant trophy imports comes around the same time as another controversial Fish and Wildlife decision: ABC News reports the service began issuing permits to import trophies from African lions hunted in Zambia and Zimbabwe last month.

Big game hunters are celebrating a trump administration policy change, while animal rights advocates are furious.

"Under study for years".

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke released his own statement later Friday.

Congolese premier Gen. Leonard Mulamba gives Prime Minister Levi Eshkol an elephant tusk in a ceremony outside Kinshasa June 1966
Congolese premier Gen. Leonard Mulamba gives Prime Minister Levi Eshkol an elephant tusk in a ceremony outside Kinshasa June 1966

Trophies refer to any body parts, including elephant tusks. "As a result, in a manner compliant with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, the issuing of permits is being put on hold as the decision is being removed".

On her show on Thursday, Ellen accused Donald Trump of "encouraging Americans to kill elephants". The agency "determined that the hunting and management programs for African elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia will enhance the survival of the species in the wild", a spokesperson for the agency said. The animals are listed in the Endangered Species Act, which requires the United States government to protect endangered species in other countries.

Royce questioned the action because of concerns not only about African wildlife but US national security, citing the political upheaval in Zimbabwe, where the longtime president was placed under house arrest this week by the military. "Furthermore, I am not convinced that elephant populations in the area warrant over-concentration measures", Royce said.

The world's largest land mammal, the African elephant has been classified as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act since 1979.

The announced reversal of the Obama-era ban on elephant trophies was lauded by hunters' rights group Safari Club International (SCI) and by the National Rifle Association, the two groups that had filed suit to challenge the ban. "This is the kind of trade we don't need".

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