Importation Bans on Elephant Trophies from Africa Lifted and Then Put Back on Hold in US

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Knee jerk policy forced by keyboard animal activists was reversed by the Trump administration this week. Unfortunately the news was short lived. The Trump administration are considering a common sense approach where hunts that benefited the conservation of that species will receive permits to import the trophies.

President Trump almost immediately halted the announcement. Trump is clearly not a fan of elephant trophy hunting but is willing to look at the evidence supporting conservation hunting. Trump tweeted "Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts,” he then added that the issue has been “under study for years” but that he would provide an update after additional review".

As HuffPost reported Wednesday, the administration opted to lift the 2014 ban after determining that sport hunting of elephants in those African countries would “enhance the survival of the species in the wild,” a spokesperson for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. It also recently rolled back protections for African lions, releasing new guidelines that allow big game hunters to bring back to the U.S. animal trophies from hunts in parts of Africa.

Even though elephants are protected under the Endangered Species Act, arrangements within the act allow the government to dole out special permits for the animal to be imported. However, this can only take place if there is conclusive evidence that the hunting benefited the conservation for that species.

“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,” a Fish and Wildlife spokesperson reportedly said in a statement.

This reversal applies only to elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia, but this move – along with removing Yellowstone grizzlies from the Endangered Species list – further supports President Trump’s claims to back-up hunters.

College Humor made it simple and humerous to understand “Why Trophy Hunting Can Actually Be Good for Animals”: 

  

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