Ellen DeGeneres: 'Donald Trump is encouraging Americans to kill elephants'

Violet Powell
November 19, 2017

The service said on Thursday that it would begin issuing permits to import "sport-hunted trophies from elephants hunted in Zimbabwe" between January 21 2016 and December 31 2018.

The agency said encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill the threatened species would help raise money for conservation programs.

Animal rights advocates, environmentalists and, crucially, even some Republicans had urged Trump to reverse course.

The Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., called the Fish and Wildlife Service decision to lift the ban "the wrong move at the wrong time" and in a statement on Friday called on the Trump administration to withdraw it.

Last night, Trump announced that he would hold up the change in policy until it has been reviewed.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the pair came to the decision after they "talked and both believe that conservation and healthy herds are critical".

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On Friday, the administration put its decision on hold.

US President Donald Trump has reinstated a ban on trophy hunting amid a public uproar.

Elephants are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, but a provision in the act allows the government to give permits to import such trophies if there is evidence that the hunting benefits conservation of the species.

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

Others reminded us that Trump's sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, are big-game hunters. "Furthermore, I am not convinced that elephant populations in the area warrant over-concentration measures", Royce said. Where 5 million of the giant pachyderms once roamed African savannahs, there are now just 400,000.

Following this tweet, many took to Twitter to thank the president for keeping the ban in place. "We need immediate federal action to reverse these policies and protect these awesome animals".

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