U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service upholds the decision to suspend the import of sport-hunted African elephant trophies from Zimbabwe

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service upholds the decision to suspend the import of spo
Wednesday, 23 July, 2014
Washington, D.C

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today confirmed the suspension of the import of sport-hunted African elephant trophies taken in Zimbabwe.

Jeffrey Flocken, North American Regional Director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) said:  “In this time of crises, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to uphold the suspension of the import of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe is right thing to do.  While elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory across Africa, it is ridiculous to even be talking about shooting them for sport.  Instead, let’s put our energy towards stopping the killing”

It is estimated that between 25,000 and 50,000 elephants are killed for their ivory each year.

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