Kacey Musgraves Sounds Off on Elephant Trophy Debate

Kristopher Drake
November 19, 2017

In fact, the reversal of the 2014 ban caused such an uproar that by the end of the day, President Trump tweeted that he had chose to reverse the reversal, writing, "Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts".

The move would have allowed hunters to bring in elephant body parts, like heads and tusks, from Zimbabwe and Zambia.

The decision was applauded by some hunting and gun rights groups but met with outrage from animal rights advocates.

President Donald Trump said Friday that he has chose to put a decision about big-game trophies on hold.

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".

Trophies from legally hunted elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia won't be allowed into the US - at least, not yet. "As a result, in a manner compliant with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, the issuing of permits is being put on hold as the decision is being reviewed".


Donald Trump says he is halting a controversial change allowing the import of elephants killed by hunters overseas. The agency "determined that the hunting and management programs for African elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia will enhance the survival of the species in the wild", a spokesperson for the agency said.

Royce said that when carefully regulated, conservation hunts could help the wildlife population, but "that said, this is the wrong move at the wrong time".

However, critics say it will harm the dwindling elephant population. And that number continues to decline each year.

"We should not encourage the hunting and slaughter of these magnificent creatures", Buchanan said.

The announced reversal of the Obama-era ban on elephant trophies was lauded by hunters' rights group Safari Club International (SCI) and by the National Rifle Association, the two groups that had filed suit to challenge the ban.

"(It's) a great travesty for elephants", Tanya Sanerib Sr., with the Attorney Center for Biological Diversity, said. "This is the kind of trade we don't need".

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