Trump Delays Change in Elephant Hunting Policy

Casey Dawson
November 19, 2017

On Wednesday, it was announced that the Trump admin would be reversing the Obama-era restriction on shipping dead elephant parts to the U.S. Although African elephants are considered threatened on the endangered species list, the defense for hunting them has always been that the obscene amount of money rich people drop to shoot them (and other animals) helps conservation efforts.

After animal rights advocates and environmental groups criticized the decision, Trump said late Friday he was delaying the new policy until he can review "all conservation facts".

Last night, Trump announced that he would hold up the change in policy until it has been reviewed. "Will update soon with Secretary Zinke", Trump said in the tweet, referring to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

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.

Trophies refer to any body parts, including elephant tusks.

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US President Donald Trump has reinstated a ban on trophy hunting amid a public uproar.

"The decision to lift the trophy ban reeks of political expediency as it worst", the elephants' statement read. He says sport hunting of the endangered species is "shameful" and calls for a permanent ban.

"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.

As a result, the number of African elephants has shrunk from about five million a century ago to about 400,000 remaining.

"(It's) a great travesty for elephants", Tanya Sanerib Sr., with the Attorney Center for Biological Diversity, said. "Elephant populations across Africa are declining". "We need immediate federal action to reverse these policies and protect these awesome animals".

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