In 2014, President Barack Obama banned the importation of elephant parts from Zambia and Zimbabwe, which are generally accrued during big game hunts. On Wednesday, the Trump administration announced a reversal of that ban.
Elephants are listed as endangered species, but because of a legal loophole, hunters may legally kill them as part of "conservation" efforts, which is how their hunting is justified. The Humane Society called it a "pay to slay" program that benefits the government while hurting the elephant population.
We're appalled at US's decision to allow imports of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia, reversing the 2014 ban. Trophy hunting causes immense suffering and fuels the demand for wild animal products: https://t.co/PatyIaAic4 #NotEntertainers pic.twitter.com/JCmygtVjZ6— Animal Protection (@MoveTheWorld) November 16, 2017
But a spokesperson from the Department of Fish and Wildlife justified reversing the ban in a statement to USA Today:
"Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit the conservation of certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve the species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation.
People are sickened and horrified, and pointing out the obvious: Trump seemingly cares more about rich people's heinous idea of entertainment than doing anything for the general public:
Finally the white working classes nightmare of trouble importing their elephant trophies is at an end.— Timothy Simons (@timothycsimons) November 16, 2017
Time for another anthropological foray into Trump country to see how lifting the ban on elephant parts has stimulated the coal industry.— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) November 16, 2017
You're simply a psycho if you see an elephant and you think "its head will look mighty nice over my fireplace".— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) November 16, 2017
Trump's sons are psychos.
Both of Trump's sons are apparently fans of big game hunting, and now they can import all the slaughtered elephants they want. This is how the president is using his office: benefitting his family and, if you ask me, encouraging the slaughter of innocents animals. Is there an Evil Villain Bingo card he's trying to win?