Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

Elephants Unmoved by Trump's Backtracking on Trophy Ban: "We Don't Forget"

President Trump Announces Pause on Big Game Trophy Decision Ellen DeGeneres: 'Donald Trump is encouraging Americans to kill elephants'
Howard Terry | 19 November, 2017, 01:01

President Donald Trump says he will uphold a ban on importing trophies of elephants hunted and killed in Zimbabwe, pending further review, reversing his own administration's decision from just a day earlier after a public outcry.

The move would have allowed hunters to bring in elephant body parts, like heads and tusks, from Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Animal rights advocates and environmental groups criticised the decision.

The move drew swift outrage and calls for protest from a number of celebrities decrying the move, including Ellen DeGeneres, who vowed to urge her viewers to keep the pressure up to reverse the move, as well as many others, including Diplo, Sara Bareilles, No Doubt's Tony Kanal, Nikki Reed, Judd Apatow and Rachel Antonoff.

Trump tweeted that the policy had been "under study for years".

The ban on big game trophies had been put in place by the Obama administration in 2014.

On Friday, the administration put its decision on hold.

And critics noted that Trump's adult sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, are known big game hunters.

President Donald Trump said Friday that he has chose to put a decision about big-game trophies on hold. Both elephants and lions are covered under the Endangered Species Act, a 2015 Fish and Wildlife Service press release announcing lion protections citing the "dramatic decline of lion populations in the wild".

"In this moment of turmoil, I have zero confidence that the regime - which for years has promoted corruption at the highest levels - is properly managing and regulating conservation programs", Royce said. "Furthermore, I am not convinced that elephant populations in the area warrant over-concentration measures", Royce said. The animals are listed in the Endangered Species Act, which requires the United States government to protect endangered species in other countries. "This is the kind of trade we don't need".

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