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

Elephants Unmoved by Trump's Backtracking on Trophy Ban:

"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 reviewed".

Earlier this week, it emerged that the Trump administration was lifting a ban on importing hunted elephant trophies. 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 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. He says sport hunting of the endangered species is "shameful" and calls for a permanent ban.

The Fish and Wildlife Service said in a written notice issued Thursday that permitting parts of elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia to be brought back as trophies will raise money for conservation programs.

"The administration should withdraw this decision until Zimbabwe stabilizes", the committee chairman said in a statement.

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President Donald Trump said Friday that he has chose to put a decision about big-game trophies on hold.

Proponents of Trump's decision to lift the ban said it would actually help conservation efforts. The population in Zimbabwe was found to have declined 6 percent overall, but some regions in the country reported populations were down as much as 74 percent. Where 5 million of the giant pachyderms once roamed African savannahs, there are now just 400,000.

Critics, however, note the restrictions were created by the Obama administration in 2014 because the African elephant population had dropped.

"(It's) a great travesty for elephants", Tanya Sanerib Sr., with the Attorney Center for Biological Diversity, said.

Trump's sons Donald Jr. and Eric are themselves big game hunters. "We need immediate federal action to reverse these policies and protect these unbelievable animals".


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