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The Trump Administration Will Be Eliminating Elephant Trophy Hunting Restrictions, And We're Disgusted

By Aimee Lutkin

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. The logic is that the money spent to kill the older animals is then spent on conservation on the newer populations. It's an expensive practice to manage some of the protected lands so they claim the money from hunters helps fund that. Whether or not that's true -- the sick practice of importing elephant parts only encourages poaching which effectively renders a lot of the conservation efforts useless.