“Reprehensible behavior by the Trump Admin.
100 elephants a day are already killed.
This will lead to more poaching.”
That was the reaction from “The Elephant Project” today after the Trump administration announced that they are going to start issuing permits for hunters to bring back elephant trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe.
That reverses a ban that went into affect in 2014 during the Obama administration.
Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that this move will help benefit conservation in the area.
They said in part:
“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.”
And the National Rifle Association agreed:
“By lifting the import ban on lion trophies in Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Trump administration underscored the importance of sound scientific wildlife management and regulated hunting to the survival and enhancement of game species in this country and worldwide.”
It should also be noted that both of President Trumps enjoy big game hunting.
The Humane Society is outraged.
Today the Humane Society’s President Wayne Pacelle told the Washington Post:
“It’s a venal and nefarious pay-to-slay arrangement that Zimbabwe has set up with the trophy hunting industry.”
Honestly I will never understand the thrill of big game hunting.
Why would anyone want to kill an elephant?
I just don’t get it.
I’ve been a vegetarian for 48 years.
No meat, fish, or poultry because I don’t like to kill animals.
That said I have NO issue with people hunting for food.
That’s fine with me.
But killing an elephant, a tiger, a lion, a cheetah, a bear, just so you can put the head on your wall is something I don’t like, I don’t understand and I don’t support.
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