Trump halts barbaric ‘trophy hunting’ over pressure from environmental groups.
Since his inauguration, Donald Trump seems to have systematically gone about reversing every law that had been instated to protect the environment, both in the name of ‘business’ and also just sometimes due to personal taste.
The latest law that had been passed under the Obama administration that came under fire was a law that banned the importation of dead ‘trophy’ animals such as lions and elephants into the U.S.
The Obama administration set the law into effect in 2014, in an effort to help dwindling elephant number in Africa which have reached an all-time low of around just a few hundred thousand.
Trump, however set his sights on repealing the law, his two sons are famous for their love of hunting. It was announced on November 14 that the US Fish and Wildlife Service were going to reverse the law, once again allowing animals slaughtered in Zimbabwe and Zambia to be imported into the U.S to be sold to the highest bidder.
Understandably this created a heavy backlash, as environmental groups and anyone with half a brain cell urged Trump to reconsider. He did, and now has stated that the law will be ‘halted’ not stopped, while it is ‘reviewed’ again.
His original tweet about the issue read:
“Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you!”
Hardly a victory for the animal kingdom, how does killing animals appear to help any kind of ‘conservation issues’? But Trump later came through and appeared to realize the insanity of the law.
“be very hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal.”
Anna Frostic, the managing attorney for wildlife litigation for The Humane Society of the United States said:
“The federal government must carefully consider the science demonstrating that trophy hunting negatively impacts the conservation of imperiled species. We strongly urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take immediate action to rescind its unlawful decisions to liberalize elephant and lion trophy imports.”
In the past it had been suggested that killing certain animals actually helped their conservation. Money made from hunting was said to be used to be put back into the community and their habitat, in order to strengthen their numbers in the future.
But this idea has now been debunked, as this study noted:
“The suggestion that trophy hunting plays a significant role in African economic development is misguided…Revenues constitute only a fraction of a percent of GDP and almost none of that ever reaches rural communities.”