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Update 11/18/17: Good news -- President Trump announced via Twitter that he will reassess the Interior Department decision to allow the import of trophies from African elephants killed by American hunters in Zimbabwe and Zambia! We are hopeful this means U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services will reverse course, but this announcement is not final and we await the Interior Department’s next step. That means we need to keep up the pressure to ensure these trophies are not imported into the U.S to save the lives of African elephants.
The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has announced they are stripping away critical protections for elephants established by the Obama administration that banned the importation of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe. They have also taken action to make importing lion trophies easier. This gives American trophy hunters a green light to slaughter those animals.
Zimbabwe is one of the most corrupt countries. Unsurprisingly, 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.
African elephants are on the list of threatened species and the global community has rallied to stem the ivory trade. More than 80 percent 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.
This reckless and cruel decision cannot go unchallenged.
Stand up for elephants! Use the form below to tell Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, that you do not support this giveaway to the trophy hunting industry and want elephants to continue to be protected. Editing your message will help it stand out.