Earlier this week, President Donald Trump created a large environmental controversy when he announced that he was ending the ban on the imports of elephant hunting trophy hunting. He believed that allowing some trophy hunting would help generate more revenue that would be used for effective management of elephant populations in Africa.
Trump’s move came under instant criticism from many bleeding-heart conservationists who don’t have a clue what effective wildlife management is. Every animal species needs to be controlled properly to prevent over and under populating, both of which can be equally damaging.
On Friday, Trump said he reconsidered the lifting of the ban and reversed his earlier decision.
(Breitbart) – On Friday President Trump stopped an effort to re-open imports of trophy elephants from two African countries and elaborated on the stoppage two days later by using the phrase “horror show” when the describing the process of hunting and harvesting the animals.
On November 17 the New York Times reported that the Trump administration had lifted the ban on trophy elephant imports, only to have Trump personally intervene and reverse the decision to lift it. He tweeted:
“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!”
On November 19 Trump made clear that his final decision will not be announced for a week, but he indicated that he cannot imagine changing his mind and allowing trophy elephant imports:
I’ve heard many criticize Trump’s first decision, pointing at areas in Africa with diminishing elephant numbers. Some efforts have been made to move elephants from heavily populated parts of the continent, but it is very expensive and not always successful. Some elephants don’t adapt to the new location and some have travelled hundreds of miles to return to their home range. The biggest problem is how to stop poaching.