Trump administration once again lifts elephant trophy ban

Trump administration once again lifts elephant trophy ban

Trump administration once again lifts elephant trophy ban

But the department said it will still consider the information from the findings, as well as the status of the species population, when reviewing applications.

But the guidelines for such a case-by-case judgment aren't specified in the document.

Trump referred to the lift of the ban as a "horror show" and that he would be "hard-pressed" to be convinced that it would help conservation of elephant or any other animal.

The Trump administration said in November it would allow the importation of body parts from African elephants shot for sport, contending that encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill them would aid the vulnerable species.

The Trump administration will now consider imports of elephant trophies from Africa into the USA on a case-by-case basis, according to U.S. wildlife officials.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke responded with a tweet that said that both he and President Trump believe "conservation & healthy herds are critical".

A month after the November series of decisions, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a Safari Club International and National Rifle Association (NRA) lawsuit that the original Obama administration ban was brought about unlawfully.

The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced it will withdraw a previous embargo for trophies of African elephants, "effective immediately".

It did not issue a release to announce the decision, which was instead surfaced Monday by The Hill and other media outlets.

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"The Trump administration is trying to keep these crucial trophy import decisions behind closed doors, and that's totally unacceptable", said Tanya Sanerib, who is the global legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity.

Good news for you big-game hunters.

"What kind of message does it send to say to the world that poor Africans who are struggling to survive can not kill elephants in order to use or sell their parts to make a living, but that it's just fine for rich Americans to slay the beasts for their tusks to keep as trophies?"

Fish and Wildlife officials have contended that "well-regulated hunting, as part of a sound management program, can benefit the conservation of certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve the species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation".

And the numbers of these animals continue to decline. And the Fish and Wildlife Service has begun allowing African lions killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia to be imported, the AP reported.

While the agency did not go into detail about what criteria will be used to perform a "case-by-case" evaluation of permit applications, a spokesperson told HuffPost and NBC News, "The President has been very clear in the direction that his administration will go".

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