Officials could now consider elephant trophy imports on a case-by-case basis.
Beginning with the Obama regime, importing elephant mounts, tusks or anything of the like was strictly prohibited. President Donald Trump earlier announced that he would uphold the same ban. However, now he’s allowing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to decide on a case-by-case basis for African elephant trophy imports.
On Thursday, the FWS claimed it’ll withdraw its 2017 Endangered Species Act findings for African elephant trophies from the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Both countries attract several big-game hunters each year who pay large sums of money toward conservation to hunt elephants. In addition, elephant meat supports villages for numerous days.
More importantly, hunting elephants provides a way to educate the general public on why it’s important to save and preserve the species instead of poaching them for their ivory tusks.
Several other ESA findings dating back to 1995, which include the hunting of elephants, lions and bontebok from Africa, will be withdrawn. These decisions come after a D.C. Circuit Court found error in the Obama administration’s initial ruling.
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