African elephants are threatened species and the global community has rallied to end the ivory trade. But now, the U.S. government has thrown away these efforts by giving American trophy hunters the green light to slaughter elephants.
Under President Donald Trump, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) just announced that it will reverse critical elephant protections established during the Obama administration, which banned the importation of elephant trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe and made importing lion pelts and other trophies more difficult.
Zimbabwe is one of the most corrupt countries on earth. Perhaps not surprisingly, a hunting outfitter advertised elephant hunts in Zimbabwe as soon as the change was made public. It’s a venal and nefarious, pay-to-slay arrangement that Zimbabwe has set up with the trophy hunting industry.
83% of Americans support banning elephant trophies. These inhumane policies are pushed by wealthy trophy hunters and members of Safari Club International, who win awards and bragging rights for traveling around the world in a head-hunting exercise to kill elephants and other rare and majestic creatures. They have found an ally in President Trump.
This reckless and cruel decision cannot go unchallenged.
Stand up for elephants! Tell the Head of the U.S. Department of Interior, which oversees FWS, that you do not support this giveaway to the trophy hunting industry and want elephants to continue to be protected.
U.S Department of Interior, Do Not Lift The Ban On Trophy Hunting!