US Government Legalizes Elephant Trophies – Speak Out to Stop This Cruel Plan

US Government Legalizes Elephant Trophies – Speak Out to Stop This Cruel Plan

In a complete backtrack, the Trump administration has again halted the ban on imports of elephant hunting trophies from Africa. The decision, announced in a memorandum dated the first of March, states that from now on, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will allow importation of these trophies on an individual, “case-by-case basis.” The memo contains little information on exactly how these cases will be determined, or what the decision-making criteria will be.

The time is now to fight back. Please add your voice to help save elephants from being ruthlessly killed for their parts:

Sign: Stop Deadly Decision to Allow Elephant ‘Trophies’ into the US

It was just November when the administration initially tried to lift the existing ban on imports of ‘sport-hunting’ trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia, which had been in place since 2014. After massive public backlash, this initial decision was reversed.

Trump later told Piers Morgan, “I didn’t want elephants killed and stuffed and have the tusks brought back into this [country],” implying the ban would remain permanently in place.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has argued that hunting is essential for the preservation of wildlife because the trophy hunters pay fees to conservation agencies.

But Rachel Bale, a wildlife reporter for National Geographic, disputes these claims.

“A lot of the money has been siphoned away by corruption so there are serious concerns with hunting management in Zimbabwe,” she said.

Following the November 2017 decision by Trump to temporarily keep the ban in place, a lawsuit was brought by Safari Club International and the National Rifle Association to dispute the ban. The D.C Court of Appeals found that the regulation, put into place by Obama’s administration, was invalid as they had not followed the appropriate rules when calling this law into action.

Meanwhile, the conservation of African elephants in these areas is still at crisis point, with more elephants dying from poaching than from natural causes.

We believe there is no excuse to hunt any animal for “sport” and that the government needs to uphold the ban. Please sign our petition here to urge the Trump administration to reverse this terrible decision and permanently prohibit all elephant trophies in the United States.

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  1. Tina Shurtleff

    Wow look at that fat ugly coward shooting s poor elephant. Worthless human. I hope he croaks

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  2. George Mawman

    If there was a death penalty for those who murder endangered species for pleasure, it might make a difference to their survival.

    If hunters must kill something, why don’t they hunt poachers instead.

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  3. Barb G.

    I wonder what these so called hunters will kill when the elephants are extinct in every country sneak into a zoo an kill the few that lives there ?

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  4. Brocard

    Je me demande ce qu’ils vont faire à part voler l’ivoire de ce pauvre animal, qui comme rhinocéros blanc va disparaître. Beaucoup sont fous sur Terre. En plus ils sont chassés dans des réserves, c’est degoutant surtout de la part des gouvernements Africains qui ferment les yeux sur la richesse animale chez eux, monde de fous.

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  5. Christine

    Disgusting human trash; hope they die a painful death.

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  6. Anisa Buls

    The American people need to lobby the White House and show their disgust and contempt at this vile excuse for so-called sport. They should let Trump know how they feel about his sons and their need to prove themselves as ‘real men’ armed with rifles to shoot down defenceless animals. What is it with this country and their obsession with guns? You need to stand up and let Trump know that it is completely unacceptable. Come on America – where’s your backbone?

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  7. Dot

    INSANE and ASININE !!!
    If a harsh and lethal penalty was in place, they wouldn’t think twice. Poachers should be hunted!!!

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  8. RUTH

    This is outrageous! I voted for the man but am losing approval of him due to decisions such as this. THESE ANIMALS NEED PROTECTION NOT SLAUGHTER. THESE POACHERS NEED TO HAVE A BOUNTY PLACED ON THEIR HEADS!

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  9. Sharon

    Americans will not tolerate this slaughter of God’s creatures

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  10. Sally

    Include Troohy hunters in that message. Includes Trumps children for heavens sake

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  11. Irene Leggett

    Time to start hunting the gun-toting, trigger-happy, brain-dead morons instead. Lets hang a few of their HEADS on the wall as a trophy…..see how they like it, to be the hunted as prey for ‘fun, sport and entertainment’ instead of being the hunter.

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  12. Georgina

    I feel sick. This is immoral and outrageous! What is wrong with the world? What has man become? I wish the trophies hunters could be hunted down, caught, locked up and then throw away the key!!

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  13. louie pepino

    stop this abominable cruelty!!!!

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    It’s disgusting to see this “FAT BAG” with a gun in the hand ! Trump doesn’t know what he want’s !! Isn’t he a little crazy ??Ill like to see
    the elephant ‘s tusk in his ass!!

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  15. Kiantha Shadduck


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  16. Kylie T

    Terrible; this cruelty needs to STOP!

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  17. Susan Welsford

    This sick crime against the world by a relatively few must end immediately!

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  18. Meg

    That’s hypocrisy….become what you hate? Makes no sense.

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  19. Barbara Smolinski

    Trophy hunters are cowards that kill animals from a distance with powerful weapons. These humans have not a shred of mercy for the animals they slaughter Here”S a idea “Hunt each other Leave the animals alone and see who lives to see another day!!!!

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    • Meg

      That’s a great idea but as you say, cowards won’t want those odds. It’s funny when they get to be treated as they treat others, they suddenly lose their vigor and excitement. Sad that they ever had vigor or excitement for it in the first place. It’s one thing to hunt to stay alive but killing for sport…it’s repulsive.

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  20. Margaret Mogg

    I will never, if I live to be a hundred, understand how a human being can feel pleasure and pride in taking the life of another living creature. Hunting to feed your family is totally different than actually enjoying taking a life for nothing more than “brag rights” and trophies. I had hoped for, and expected more, from the Trump administration. President Trump needs to better understand about conservation and protecting in danger species from going extinct. Every single living thing was placed on this earth for a reason, and each has it’s place in a healthy ecosystem. We, as humans, don’t have the moral right to upset the balance God made when he created each living thing. Human beings have caused enough damage to this planet and the animal populations that inhabit the earth.

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  21. kiki

    Disgusting bastards! Someday you will all burn in hell!!

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  22. Silvia Steiner

    Ich frage mich, warum dieser nutzlose irre Präsident noch immer dieses Amt behalten darf u.nicht abgesetzt wird?Er ist eine Schande in der Geschichte der USA,merkt man dort nicht,das der nichts gescheites auf die Reihe bekommt u.lieber unschuldige Tiere ermorden will als sein Amt anständig zu führen?

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  23. Tisa

    Our government is such a failure.
    Tina and George I share your feelings.
    The world is out of control.

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