Trump expresses doubt about overturning policy allowing elephant trophies in U.S.

On Sunday evening, President Trump expressed more doubt about overturning the previous 2014 policy enacted by President Obama concerning big game and elephant trophies shot for sport to be imported into the United States.

Big-game trophy decision will be announced next week but will be very hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal.

Trump is apparently questioning whether this “horror show” would actually be of benefit to the conservation of any animal. The United States Fish and Wildlife argue that encouraging rich big game hunters to kill the endangered species, would help raise money for preservation programs. On the government website, applications were made available, and the announcement already had been posted; much to the outrage of animal rights advocates, environmental groups and even Republican lawmakers who support animal advocacy and protection. The website included a notice that permitting parts of elephants to be brought back to the United States from Zimbabwe and Zambia would raise money for the animals’ future conservation after their research. No convincing research results have ever been made available.
On Friday, Trump tweeted he would review the policy with avid hunter and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke:

Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you!

In smaller print, the policy also rolled back protections for African lions, releasing new guidelines that would allow hunters to bring back trophies from Africa.

And for those wondering how this 2014 rollback began, the Safari Club International and the National Rifle Association sued to block the ban. Last week, the deputy director of the FWS, Greg Sheehan made the announcement, during the organization sponsored African Wildlife Consultative Forum in Tanzia, which had been hosted by the Safari Club and Tanzania.   The Safari Club’s political action committees donated $24,500 to Trump’s presidential campaign and Zinke’s 2014 and 2016 congressional campaigns, according to Federal Election Commission data.

In response to  Trump’s suspension, the Safari Club sent out a “call to arms,” encouraging hunters to contact Trump and Zinke and “tell them how much you appreciate the efforts of the Fish & Wildlife Service to remove barriers to sustainable use conservation for African wildlife” with the group calling out “hysterical anti-hunters and news media outlets.”  The FWS continues to defend its position as “part of a robust United States conservation strategy that seeks to eliminate poaching and associated wildlife trafficking.”

Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also reached out to the President stating the current unrest in Zimbabwe lends no confidence in the government prudently directing any funding through appropriate channels. In addition, African elephants have been listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act since 1978. It remains to be seen how killing endangered species adds to their survival.

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(Photo of elephant trophies Change.org)

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8 replies
  1. Pamela Garlisch says:

    And this protects the animals how???? Leave them alone! Only cull when absolutely necessary! Nature takes care of it’s own, man should not interfere.

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  2. maxiemom says:

    Anyone who thinks he isn’t thinking about doing this isn’t thinking clearly.

    His SOS sons ENJOY killing elephants and other endangered species and have been photographed doing so. It’s not a stretch to think this has been in the works for some time, considering the other anti-animal / pets / environment / conservation steps this administration has taken.

    Pressure must be maintained to make certain this change isn’t implemented.

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    • Helen says:

      Absolutely! We all know the reason Trump wanted to lift the ban is to allow his sons and rich cronies to bring back their trophies to the U.S.

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      • Nancy Raymond says:

        All Trump is doing is giving lip service – he will do NOTHING to protect animals from the filthy hands of people like his spoiled, arrogant sons and their cohorts who enjoy pumping up their egos by killing wildlife.

  3. Barkley's Mom says:

    Nothing new here the statement “encouraging rich big game hunters to kill the endangered species, would help raise money for preservation programs.” accurately states what Trump is concerned with “rich big game hunters” like his own sons. I wish he would explain how allowing endangered species to be slaughtered is “helping” preservation programs, because I can’t see it! I will be e-mailing our wonderful “Republican” senator and will expect the same response I usually get, “we have more pressing issues before us than animal rights”. SMH!

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  4. ellen cottone says:

    Brace you self for one of trumps favorite parlor tricks the scam of we the people nationally and internationally cried out “NO”! and for christmas he will not go thru with it .he will hype it out unbelivablely and he will seemingly relent and not go thru with it. He will act really big about it but his advisors said no because the people will become really angry and try and go after us on our Other diabolical undoings , like yhe dakota pipeline acess and illigal land grabbing .
    but know he didnt have to touch the restrictions in the first place. this grace means nothing to him or His pockets and he will give big game hunters 5 other graces that will be less publisiesd. the man is quite the flim flam man. Dont fall for it. remain dilligant and scream it in the streets. May the Christmas Krumpus swat you ass with his horse haired whip, Donald Trumpus

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  5. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    He’s an IDIOT!!!! THIS HAS TO STOP NOW!!!!! I cannot believe he is even thinking of this!!!! Those babies need to be saved not hunted like they are!!!! SAVE THE ELEPHANTS!!!!!!!

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