POLL: Should Trump’s elephant trophy hunting plan be stopped?



When you think of ways the White House could, in fact, “make America great again,” allowing big game hunters to bring elephant heads back into the country is probably nowhere on that list. Nevertheless, the Trump administration has just announced that it will get rid of restrictions that prevented hunters from doing just that.

A few years ago, the Obama administration instituted a policy that forbids hunters from bringing back “trophies” (an unfortunate way to label animal body parts) from Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Those two countries were singled out for offering no proof that money spent on hunting threatened animals was being applied to conservation efforts.

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SIGN THE PETITION – Urge Congress to Put the Trophy Hunt Ban Back in Place

Although the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has offered no reason to suggest that the situation in these African nations has been fixed – the data actually shows the elephant population has decreased by 6 percent in recent years – a statement from the agency declared, “Legal, well-regulated sport 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.”

Previously, Care2 has poked plenty of holes in the argument that trophy hunts are necessary to raise money for conservation. Plus, there’s evidence that a lot of the funds that are supposed to go toward animal causes don’t reach the intended targets. The bottom line is that there has got to be a better way to save endangered species that doesn’t involve letting rich people kill them.

For that reason, the U.S. would be wise to expand the ban on trophy imports rather than tossing it out entirely. Alas, this move seems to be part of Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s larger plan to deregulate hunting of all kinds. “Some of my best memories are hunting and fishing with my dad and granddad, and then later teaching my own kids to hunt and fish,” Zinke said a couple of months ago.

Okay, but is it really a bonding experience for families to trek to Africa to shoot rare and majestic creatures and then mount the heads on their walls as décor? Unfortunately, I know how Donald Trump’s own sons would respond to that. There’s plenty of photographic evidence of their safari killing sprees; the Trump clan’s penchant for big game hunting could be a motivating factor for this latest White House decision.

Obviously, this step by the White House has not pleased conservationist groups. Upon hearing the news, The Elephant Project, a non-profit dedicated to protecting elephants, wrote, “Reprehensible behavior by the Trump Admin. 100 elephants a day are already killed. This will lead to more poaching.”

Take Action

That’s precisely why the Care2 community is coming together in an effort to reinstate the elephant trophy import ban. With 83 percent of Americans supporting this ban, surely we can get a lot of signatures on a petition looking for legislation to protect these vulnerable elephants.

Rather than addressing the petition to Trump, who has a terrible track record with animals and the environment, the petition is directed at U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva. That’s not because he supports Trump’s reversal, but because he’s one of the best proponents of animal welfare in all of Congress.

In the petition, we’re asking him to introduce legislation that will put the trophy ban back into effect ASAP. Let’s demand that Congress to override the Trump administration’s callousness to elephants. We don’t need elephant heads and tusks on our walls.

This article was first published by Care2.com on 16 Nov 2017.


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Delbert Smith

There are two major factors contributing to shrinking elephant populations: poaching and habitat loss. It’s estimated that the illegal trade in ivory could be worth as much as $1 billion a year, and that up to 23,000 elephants are being poached each year. That’s dramatic and dangerous, but the biggest threat elephants and other large animals face is from ever-expanding human civilization, and the towns, roads, and agriculture that eat away at their habitat. People who rely on farming and cattle ranching value the land and the crops that grow on it. Which means that the elephants that graze on… Read more »

Delbert Smith

By making elephants a source of revenue, the rich land owners that profit from elephant hunting are motivated to grow their populations. Teddy Roosevelt considered hunters the great conservationists. He once wrote: In a civilized and cultivated country wild animals only continue to exist at all when preserved by sportsmen. The excellent people who protest against all hunting, and consider sportsmen as enemies of wild life, are ignorant of the fact that in reality the genuine sportsman is by all odds the most important factor in keeping the larger and more valuable wild creatures from total extermination. Why can’t photo… Read more »

Beatrice Lavagnino

Trump is an ignorant. THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD AREN’T HIS BACK YARD. And WHAT IS GOING ON WITH “The good for nothing Congress”?????? Are they killers too.

Edith Kahle

YES YES

Linda Badham

WHAT A DISGRACE OF A PRESIDENT AND A MAN. HE HAS NO MORALS AND NO RESPECT !

Joelle Jojo Mamour Barrier

v oui bien sur

Isabelle Fernandès

Nous vous invitons à partager votre opinion si le plan de chasse du trophée des éléphants de Trump devrait être arrêté? Veuillez voter et laisser vos commentaires au bas de la page.

Le plan de chasse au trophée des éléphants de Trump devrait-il être arrêté?

Oui (99%, 136 Votes)
Non (1%, 2 votes)
Je ne sais pas (0%, 0 Votes)
Nombre total d’électeurs: 138

John Tobias

He is a disgrace to the office and to our country. I just hope we still have a country to be proud and an environment we can live in when he is out of office.

Frank Barrachina

That trump is absolutely the worst president ever is an understatement. This poor excuse of a human being has no heart for wildlife. But that is just one of his “attributes”. He is hell bent on rescinding anything good that Pres. Obama did. And as we all know he’s a racist to boot. A pathological liar, a hypocrite, a narcisist are his defining personality points. Elephants- in the trump world something for his rich pals to exploit. Extinction- just another Democrat lie like climate change. It truly is time to sign the petition calling for his expulsion from office. Enough!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

and when humans find themselves
as victims on the trophy hunting
map…
they will too late be too sorry that they
ever supported this crap.
get outta animals dodge
put away your bows arrow and or guns
taking the life of others
IS NOT FUN!!!

Juanita Cunningham

Yes stop forever..

Michele Jankelow

Trump is an environmental nightmare with no conscience, no dignity, no respect and am continually appalled by the horrific decisions that he makes! The damage that he can do over his four year tenure will take decades to repair! He is loathed by so many with jusitification but continues on with his arrogance! Tragic that he even would consider such a decision on trophy and hunting but it is on hold and that is part of his power game!

Andrei Hanches

This is the sickest and most wicked plan action taken by Trump’s administration.It just shows very clearly,how much Donald Trump cares about the future well being of our world.He’s an hypocrite that wants America to be an island that has all the privileges and all the luxury.Wildlife Conservation is a worldwide movement and politicians must be aware of that.Unfortunately he is blind to these things..

Lois Carol Wessels
Lois Carol Wessels

NO BRAINER – STOP THE Carnage!

Vanessa Black

Moms.
Mims

Vanessa Black

Now what do you think..elephants deserve their lives..freedom..babies keeping their mims..herds staying complete..

Anne Grice

YES stop for ever!

Anne Grice

A Big YES!