Trump Delays Change in Elephant Hunting Policy

Nov 19, 2017, 00:24
Trump Delays Change in Elephant Hunting Policy

In fact, the reversal of the 2014 ban caused such an uproar that by the end of the day, President Trump tweeted that he had chose to reverse the reversal, writing, "Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts".

Donald Trump announced on Friday he is putting his decision to drop restrictions on hunters importing trophies from elephants hunted in Zimbabwe and Zambia on hold for the time being.

Animal rights advocates, environmentalists and, crucially, even some Republicans had urged Trump to reverse course.

Last night, Trump announced that he would hold up the change in policy until it has been reviewed.

The Obama Administration had banned imports of ivory tusks and other elephant parts.

On Friday, the administration put its decision on hold.

In addition to noting the continuing population decline among elephants, Royce cited widespread corruption at the highest levels of government in Zimbabwe and the current political turmoil in the country following an apparent military coup earlier in the week.

The African bush elephant is now listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, but a provision of the law allows for the import of trophies if it can be proved that hunting the animals contributes to conservation efforts.

However, critics say it will harm the dwindling elephant population. Proponents of Trump's decision to lift the ban said it would actually help conservation efforts.

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

The world's largest land mammal, the African elephant has been classified as threatened under the US Endangered Species Act since 1979.

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

Trump tweeted late Friday that he was reversing course for the time being. "This is the kind of trade we don't need".