Trump Is Being Torched For Reversing Ban On Elephant Hunting Trophies

trump reverses ban on elephant hunting trophies

The latest in a string of baffling decisions from the Trump White House is the sudden reversal of a ban on bringing elephant hunting trophies into the United States. The ban was put in place by the Obama administration in 2014, and was designed to protect the endangered species – as of 2014, there were only 350,000 savannah elephants left in Africa.

Trump’s reversal of the decision, which will allow trophy hunters to bring back elephants they’ve killed in Zambia and Zimbabwe, is being roundly criticised by a bunch of outraged celebs, including Ellen DeGeneres, Diplo and Judd Apatow.

Supporters of the Trump administration’s decision, including the US Fish and Wildlife Service, are saying that reversing the ban will actually help conservation efforts.

A Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman said in a statement:

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.

Detractors say that the ban’s reversal will only serve to encourage poachers and support an already corrupt big game hunting industry in the African countries.

According to the recently published Great Elephant Census, elephant numbers in Africa declined by 30% between 2007 and 2014. They remain on the endangered species list.