Ellen took on Donald Trump's anti-elephant policy & he suspended it

Ellen took on Donald Trump's anti-elephant policy & he suspended it

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.

Despite the outcry and Trump's stated reversal, the global affairs page of the US Fish and Wildlife Service still - as of Saturday morning local time - says it will issue permits for importing big game animal parts.

The move overturns a 2014 ban implemented by former President Barack Obama.

President Donald Trump on Friday announced he is suspending a controversial decision to lift the ban on importing trophies of dead elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia into the US, which had been assailed by conservation and animal rights groups.

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The decision was announced on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's site in a statement that argued that "African elephant trophy hunting in Zimbabwe will enhance the survival of the species in the wild".

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke issued a statement Friday night about putting the decision on hold: "President Trump and I have talked and both believe that conservation and healthy herds are critical".

French animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot was just one voice from overseas to slam the decision, writing in a letter to Trump: "No despot in the world can take responsibility for killing off an age-old species that is part of the world heritage of humanity".

Trophies refer to any body parts, including elephant tusks.

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Royce, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in the statement Friday that "Zimbabwe is in economic and political crisis".

"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", Royce said.

"(It's) a great travesty for elephants", Tanya Sanerib Sr., with the Attorney Center for Biological Diversity, said.

Despite an overall fall in poaching, Africa's elephant population has declined in part because of continued illegal killing, said a report this year by CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. "We need immediate federal action to reverse these policies and protect these incredible animals".

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Two other lawmakers, Representatives Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., co-chairs of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, assailed the administration's decision.

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