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Report: Trump Admin Will Allow Import of African Elephant Trophies

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By    |   Wednesday, 15 November 2017 11:06 PM

The Trump administration is preparing to reverse an Obama-era ban on the import of some African elephant trophies, The Hill reported Wednesday.

Hunters will be allowed to import trophies of elephants they killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the U.S. Elephants are listed as endangered species under the Endangered Species Act, but a provision in the act allows the government to give permits to import the trophies if there is evidence hunting benefits the conservation of the species.

"Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit the conservation of certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve the species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation," an FWS spokesman said in a statement late Wednesday, after hunting group Safari Club International announced the policy.

The Safari Club International said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the news Tuesday at a wildlife forum in South Africa.

"These positive findings for Zimbabwe and Zambia demonstrate that the Fish and Wildlife Service recognizes that hunting is beneficial to wildlife and that these range countries know how to manage their elephant populations," SCI President Paul Babaz said. "We appreciate the efforts of the Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior to remove barriers to sustainable use conservation for African wildlife."

Animal rights groups criticized the decision.

"Let’s be clear: elephants are on the list of threatened species; the global community has rallied to stem the ivory trade; and now, the U.S. government is giving American trophy hunters the green light to kill them," Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, wrote in a blog post.

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