Oppose imperiled species "trophy" imports

Oppose elephant "trophy" imports

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently reopened the import of certain African elephant hunting “trophies” to the U.S., despite the species’ designation as Threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

FWS based its decision on tenuous elephant conservation measures and concluded that the import of parts from elephants killed during recreational trophy hunts will “enhance the survival of the African elephant.”

On Sunday, however, the President shared his concerns about this finding via Twitter, expressing serious doubt that the “horror show” of trophy hunting “in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal.” This heartening statement echoes what many wildlife experts have long understood—that cruel sport hunting is not “conservation.”

Now, it is critical that the President follow up on his statement by working with FWS to rescind the finding that opened the door to resuming elephant trophy imports from Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Thank President Trump for acknowledging the need to protect elephants, and ask him to formally rescind the FWS finding opening the U.S. to elephant trophy imports and stop or restrict trophy hunting of African lions, leopards and giraffe.

A quick note to President Trump could help elephants and other iconic wildlife species. We have prepared a template email for you to send. If you prefer, you can personalize this copy to make it more effective. Please ensure that you are polite at all times.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently reopened the import of certain African elephant hunting “trophies” to the U.S., despite the species’ designation as Threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

FWS based its decision on tenuous elephant conservation measures and concluded that the import of parts from elephants killed during recreational trophy hunts will “enhance the survival of the African elephant.”

On Sunday, however, the President shared his concerns about this finding via Twitter, expressing serious doubt that the “horror show” of trophy hunting “in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal.” This heartening statement echoes what many wildlife experts have long understood—that cruel sport hunting is not “conservation.”

Now, it is critical that the President follow up on his statement by working with FWS to rescind the finding that opened the door to resuming elephant trophy imports from Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Thank President Trump for acknowledging the need to protect elephants, and ask him to formally rescind the FWS finding opening the U.S. to elephant trophy imports and stop or restrict trophy hunting of African lions, leopards and giraffe.

A quick note to President Trump could help elephants and other iconic wildlife species. We have prepared a template email for you to send. If you prefer, you can personalize this copy to make it more effective. Please ensure that you are polite at all times.

Tell the world:

  • Share: Oppose elephant
  •   
  • Tweet: Oppose elephant
  •   

 

 

 

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