Wide reports were circulated today that the Trump administration was lifting the Obama administration’s 2014 ban on bringing trophy elephants home from two African countries. Conservation groups were outraged by the decision and started protests in person and on social media. According to the White House, the lift on the ban had not been finalized, yet.
“There hasn’t been an announcement that’s been finalized on this front,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Thursday. “Until that’s done I wouldn’t consider anything final.”
Between 2007 and 2014, the population of African elephants fell by 30%. In a statement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, reversing the ban would actually help the elephants. “Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit certain species,” the government body said in a statement.
I’m not a hunter, but I have no problem with hunting in practice. One exception is when the animals being hunted are endangered. If this ban is a deterrent for those considering hunting endangered big game, then I’m all for it. Not sure why this needs to be a thing, but then again I’m no hunter. I don’t quite understand the appeal.
The planned move, disclosed this week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, had triggered protests from conservation groups and a frenzy on social media. Opponents posted pictures of U.S. President Donald Trump’s sons Donald Jr. and Eric, who are avid hunters, posing with the cut-off tail of a slain elephant and other dead wild animals on Twitter.
“There hasn’t been an announcement that’s been finalized on this front,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters when asked about the reported policy shift on Thursday. “Until that’s done I wouldn’t consider anything final.”