In a shocking move that's being called regressive by conservationists across the world, President Donald Trump’s government has announced reversal on ban of bringing back legally hunted elephant remains from Zimbabwe and Zambia. A policy that was previously banned by former President Barack Obama. The Trump administration is justifying lifting the ban by saying it will help raise funds for conservation. Like charity parties were not enough. We now need to hunt the very animals we need to protect.
US conservation laws already enlists African elephants as ‘threatened’ under US Endangered Species Act but the current government thinks, token money received from trophy hunters wanting to have a jolly time shooting endangered elephants in Africa will help save the species. The move is being seen as an attempt to boost trophy.
"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," a spokesman of US Fish and Wildlife Service told The Independent. The incentive here could very well be read as a way to breed elephants to get them killed by the rich of the world.As the ban gets lifted, let us not forget that US President's son, Donald Trump Jr, sparked a wave of condemnation in 2012 when he was pictured holding the severed tail of an African elephant.
While the US gets ready to welcome trophy hunting remains shot on or after Jan. 21, 2016, and to those legally permitted to be hunted before the end of next year, Zimbabwe recorded 6% decline in its elephant population as per the Great Elephant Census.The ban reversal is not so shocking given the Trump administered support in favour of it. US interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, a hunter himself and a keen supporter of hunting policies, established a council last week that has been criticized to promote the hunting industry and not conservation.
UPDATE: President Donald Trump for the time being has put on hold the reversal of the ban as of Nov 18 till further noticed. He made the announced on Twitter.
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2017