Trump administration nixes ban on hunted elephant tusks being carried into the U.S.

Trump administration nixes ban on hunted elephant tusks being carried into the U.S.

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In November 2017, President Donald Trump called the hunting of elephants for their trophy tusks a “horror show.”

It appeared that Trump, who lacks stable policy positions on many issues, strongly opposed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) decision to allow African elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia to be imported into the U.S. Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke then decided to put the decision to allow trophy imports into the U.S. “on hold.”

Nearly four months later, that hold is coming off. The Trump administration will now consider letting hunting prizes from animals listed on the Endangered Species Act (such as lions and elephants) back into the U.S on a “case by case” basis, the FWS said. This may please Trump’s two oldest sons, who have vacationed in Africa where they shot large game animals — like elephants and leopards. Read more…

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Source: Mashable | Trump administration nixes ban on hunted elephant tusks being carried into the U.S.

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