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>> President Donald Trump has delayed a decision to lift a ban in importing elephant hunting trophies after facing outrage from conservation groups. Trump said in a Tweet late Friday put big game decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts under study for years. We'll update soon with Secretary Zinke.
Thank you. Earlier this week, the president had indicated that he would allow big game hunters to bring back their trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. A US fish and wildlife service spokesman said the move would have helped conserve more elephants, arguing that fees generated from the sport would further boost preservation efforts.
But critics disagree, saying the ban was created in 2014 by the Obama administration to protect the African elephant. The animal is still listed as an endangered species, and has been targeted by poachers for ivory and tusks. The president of the Humane Society, who had condemned the earlier move, tweeted Friday grateful to President Trump for reassessing elephant and lion trophy hunting imports.
This is the kind of trade we don't need. Both of Trump's sons are avid hunters and have been photographed with their hunting trophies.