Trump Administration Uses Scandals To Hide Policy Change, Will Now ALLOW Endangered Elephant Trophy Imports

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The Trump administration has lifted a ban on importing sport-hunted trophies of elephants from certain African countries, just over three months after racist President Trump pretended to pause a first attempt to do so amid public uproar. In a memo dated, March 1, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that in place of the Obama-era blanket ban, the agency will consider importation permits “on a case-by-case basis.”

The memo, which was not publicized by the agency, did not clarify the specific guidelines by which the permits would be judged. It is also not clear what role was played in the decision by the president, who has publicly expressed his opposition several times to rolling back the ban.

In November 2017, just one day after the Fish and Wildlife Service announced it had lifted the ban, Trump said he had put the move “on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts.” Two days later, he tweeted that he “will be very hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal.”

The Fish and Wildlife Service directly cited the court ruling in its letter, saying that as a result it was withdrawing several previous Endangered Species Act findings dating back to 1995. They “are no longer effective for making individual permit determinations for imports of those sport-hunted ESA-listed species,” the memo said — including not only elephants from a number of African countries but also lions and bonteboks from South Africa.


The agency added that it would still use some of the information included in those findings, whenever relevant to the evaluation of an individual permit application.


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


As The Associated Press reports, Zinke has long held a position apparently at odds with the one expressed in January by Trump, arguing that hunting promotes wildlife conservation. In fact, he had the arcade game Big Buck Hunter installed in the employee cafeteria to help support his point.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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