Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Trump Delays Change in Elephant Hunting Policy

The US Fish and Wildlife Service said on Thursday it would allow such importation The US Fish and Wildlife Service said on Thursday it would allow such importation
Erik Tate | 19 November, 2017, 02:09

He said he would put the decision "on hold" and review it with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The reversal came only two days after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the policy change.

The Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ed Royce, called the administration's original plan the "wrong move at the wrong time".

Earlier on Friday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump's original repeal of the ban, saying, "This review established that both Zambia and Zimbabwe had met new standards, strict global conservation standards that allowed Americans to resume hunting in those countries".

Others reminded us that Trump's sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, are big-game hunters.

"I have to say I think this is a big mistake", he said, "Space for Giants does not operate in the countries under discussion, Zambia and Zimbabwe, but I would say that lifting the ban sends completely the wrong signals at a time when the world needs absolute ban on any trade in wildlife parts".

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At the time, Walls told them to go home for the day, eat a good meal and get some rest, and try again in the morning. If they don't reach a verdict Thursday, deliberations might resume Monday.

On Friday, the administration put its decision on hold.

"Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve those species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation", the agency said in a statement.

Critics, however, note the restrictions were created by the Obama administration in 2014 because the African elephant population had dropped.

The world's largest land mammal, the African elephant has been classified as threatened under the US Endangered Species Act since 1979.

Wayne Pacelle, the CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said on Twitter that he was grateful that Trump was reviewing the decision to lift the trophy ban. Elephant populations, in particular, have been devastated across Africa over the past century. "Thank you!" Trump tweeted. Where 5 million of the giant pachyderms once roamed African savannahs, there are now just 400,000. "We need immediate federal action to reverse these policies and protect these unbelievable animals".

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