Trump to Keep Ban on Importing Elephant Trophies
Suggestive.com recently came out with an article that addressed a recent reversal on banning the importation of elephant trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe. The story addresses some Suggestive important issues in regards to the hunting and killing of elephants in a foreign country.
Per the Suggestive.com’s article, the President of the United States had lifted the ban that had been implemented during the Obama administration. This was done to uphold the conservation of wildlife that was tragically being hunted and killed by trophy-hunters. Although elephants seem to be the main focus, Lions along with other creatures were being killed for their parts as well. Elephants in particular are popular for their body parts such as their trunks and ivory tusks. Ivory can bring in top dollars in these countries and on the American black market. Lions are usually made into a floor rug or their heads gets mounted on a wall as a brag piece. Suggestive.com pointed out that the decision was challenged in 2014 by Safari Club International, an organization made up of mostly avid hunters that support the hunting and killing of animals and other wild-life.
According to Suggestive.com’s article, the Safari Club’s President made a statement in regards to that he and his organization will continue to fight and oppose the recent ban. In fact, they sued the Obama administration when the ban was was set into motion back in 2014. They wanted the United States to allow the importation of dead animals and/or animal parts that were hunted and killed on their lands. There are areas of land in these countries that are specially plotted for trophy-hunting purposes. So-called hunters are willing to pay large amounts of money for the opportunity to hunt big game.
When Trump lifted the ban, it seemed to be with the intent of supporting the community by bringing in money. As trophy-hunting brings dollars into an already struggling economy located in what is recognized as a third-world country. The back-lash for this decision was voiced from every corner of the United States and beyond. Although The President did not go into detail as to why he was so quick to reverse the decision in the first place, it seems obvious that public outcry had a lot to do with reinstating the original ban. People voiced their displeasure on every social media outlet known and then some. The President stated in a Tweet that it had to do with wanting to further review the conservation facts.