Trump Delays Change in Elephant Hunting Policy

Ellen DeGeneres: 'Donald Trump is encouraging Americans to kill elephants'

President Donald Trump says he will uphold a ban on importing trophies of elephants hunted and killed in Zimbabwe, pending further review, reversing his own administration's decision from just a day earlier after a public outcry.

Trump's administration on Thursday said it would allow game hunters to enter the U.S. with trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia.

The Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., called the Fish and Wildlife Service decision to lift the ban "the wrong move at the wrong time" and in a statement on Friday called on the Trump administration to withdraw it. He says he will review the issue with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Trump administration had made a decision to lift an Obama-era ban on importing elephant hunting trophies from Africa.

Groups who have opposed the ban for years have claimed that allowing the hunting of some big game animals can actually contribute to conservation and the overall health of the herd.

Critics, however, note the restrictions were created by the Obama administration in 2014 because the African elephant population had dropped.

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"Elephants and other big game in Africa are blood currency for terrorist organizations, and they are being killed at an alarming rate".

The Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity, which advocates for animal rights, applauded the decision to reimpose the ban, but said more needed to be done.

However, Trump wrote on Twitter Friday evening that the decision had been placed on hold.

"In this moment of turmoil, I have zero confidence that the regime - which for years has promoted corruption at the highest levels - is properly managing and regulating conservation programs".

On Friday, Pacelle said, "Grateful to President Trump for reassessing elephant and lion trophy hunting imports".

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