The Humane Society has a petition to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke encouraging him to keep the ban. But we also need to reach out to President Trump. Once I sign the petition, I’ll also Tweet and Facebook it to the president. As we know he’s active on social media, and will take into consideration our arguments. He did so when stopping the original plan to lift the ban. Now we need to make sure it becomes permanent.
Here’s the background and link to the petition:
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.