Trump Delays Change in Elephant Hunting Policy

Jerome Frank
November 19, 2017

The move would overturn a 2014 rule implemented under the Obama administration that banned hunters from bringing the trophy heads of elephants they'd killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the U.S.

Trump was referencing his administration's decision to remove restrictions on importing African elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Dr Max Graham, the founder and CEO of Kenya-based Space for Giants, an global conservation charity based in Nanyuki, told the Nation that the move would reverse gains made in conservation of threatened species.

Royce said that when carefully regulated, conservation hunts could help the wildlife population, but "that said, this is the wrong move at the wrong time".

"This measure would introduce dangerously confused messages to the marketplace that still exists for ivory", he added. He says he will review the issue with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

Animal rights advocates, environmentalists and, crucially, even some Republicans had urged Trump to reverse course. He says sport hunting of the endangered species is "shameful" and calls for a permanent ban.

Royce questioned the action because of concerns not only about African wildlife but USA national security, citing the political upheaval in Zimbabwe, where the longtime president was placed under house arrest this week by the military.

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On Friday, the administration put its decision on hold.

"Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts".

Donald Trump says he is halting a controversial change allowing the import of elephants killed by hunters overseas.

He described the perilous situation in Zimbabwe, where the U.S. Embassy has advised Americans to limit their travel outdoors. Where 5 million of the giant pachyderms once roamed African savannahs, there are now just 400,000.

Two other lawmakers, Reps.

"We should not encourage the hunting and slaughter of these magnificent creatures", Buchanan said. "They pay loads of money to pick from a menu of what animals they want to kill and a guide basically takes them right to it - zero bravery and not much actual skill involved". "We need immediate federal action to reverse these policies and protect these fantastic animals".

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