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Tell Trump and Zinke: No Elephant Trophies!

At the direction of President Trump and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke the US Fish and Wildlife Service has laid the groundwork to implement a decision to allow the importation of elephant trophies that are killed in Africa.

According to The Hill:

The Trump administration is reversing an Obama administration ban on bringing to the United States the heads of elephants killed in two African countries.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) said it has determined that hunting African elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia “will enhance the survival of the species in the wild,” which is the standard by which officials judge whether to allow imports of parts — known as trophies — of the animals.

“Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit the conservation of certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve the species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation,” an FWS spokesman said in a statement late Wednesday after hunting group Safari Club International announced the policy.

Imports will be allowed for elephants killed between Jan. 21 and the end of 2018.

The backlash has been immediate as the African elephant is a threatened species and the animal is often not killed in a humane manner. It has been called ‘savage’, ‘pointless’, ‘disgusting’, ‘counterproductive.’

According to NPR:

The Great Elephant Census found Zimbabwe’s elephant population had decreased 6 percent in recent years. In the country’s Sebungwe region, elephant populations were down 74 percent.

The study found that in Zambia, there were “substantial declines along the Zambezi River,” but the population was otherwise stable.

The Humane Society of the United States came out strongly against the policy change and said a number of problems remain with Zimbabwe’s elephant management plan, including poaching, corruption and a lack of government support.

“Let’s be clear: elephants are on the list of threatened species; the global community has rallied to stem the ivory trade; and now, the U.S. government is giving American trophy hunters the green light to kill them,” wrote Wayne Pacelle, the organization’s president and CEO, before the president’s tweet.

According to the Daily Mail:

  • Animal rights groups around the globe have condemned the ‘reprehensible’ move by Donald Trump 
  • The ban on importing elephant trophies was brought in by the Obama administration in 2014
  •  Trump’s sons Donald and Eric have been pictured with big game they killed

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is part of the Department of Interior and this decision has been led by Donald Trump and cleared through Secretary of the Interior Zinke.

Tell Secretary Zinke and President Trump that this is reprehensible.

A petition online has garnered over 1.6 million signatures in the past few days alone:

Sign the Petition HERE

Tell Secretary Zinke – NO ELEPHANT TROPHIES

Though they have delayed the decision, this just means it will most likely be implemented under the cover of darkness.

I bet he will update it to the benefit of his elephant-killing sons.

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