Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images News/Getty Images

Trump Reversed Elephant Hunting Trophies Import Ban & It's Devastating

By
Ad failed to load

The Trump administration has decided to undo yet another policy enacted by the Obama administration, news reports on Thursday, Nov. 16 reveal. This time, Trump reversed a ban allowing elephant hunting trophies — as in, parts of elephants killed recreationally — from Zimbabwe and Zambia to be imported back to the United States. Elephants are currently listed under the Endangered Species Act, however, if there is evidence that hunting will somehow contribute to helping that species, the act allows the government to give permits to import the trophies.

UPDATE: On Nov. 17, the Trump administration announced they are putting the decision to lift the elephant trophy ban on hold for now.

EARLIER: A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official confirmed this to ABC News, saying they also have information from officials in Zimbabwe and Zambia that are in support of reversing the ban and allowing permits for the hunters.

Ad failed to load

The U.S government is yet to make an official announcement of this policy change, but it was reportedly announced in South Africa at a wildlife forum this week with Safari Club International, who filed a lawsuit in 2014 in favor of blocking the ban for hunters, according to ABC News.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a statement saying, "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."

Upon hearing about the new policy, here is how people on Twitter are reacting:

Ad failed to load
Ad failed to load

According to the Great Elephant Census from 2016, the populations of Savanna elephant declined 30 percent in 15 countries in Africa between 2007 to 2014, with an estimated 350,000 remaining in 18 countries the census surveyed. There are reportedly around 82,000 elephants in Zimbabwe and around 22,000 in Zambia. Currently, wildlife officials set a limit on hunting in Zimbabwe to 500 elephants as an annual quota, per ABC. The current rate of decline for elephants is 8 percent per year, which is mostly because of poaching, according to the Great Elephant Census.

Poaching is the illegal hunting of wildlife animals, which has proven to be a major problem for hunting in Zimbabwe, leading to claims of corruption. But after Obama put in the ban in 2014, Zimbabwe worked on stopping poaching and creating a way to record financial gains from American hunters, according to a Federal Register notice obtained by ABC News.

The new policy change will apply to elephants hunted in Zimbabwe on or after January 21, 2016, and on or before December 31, 2018, and elephants hunted in Zambia during 2016, 2017, and 2018, a Fish and Wildlife spokesperson told ABC News.

Ad failed to load

Wayne Pacelle, chief executive of the Humane Project told the Independent, "It’s time for the era of the trophy killing of Africa’s most majestic and endangered animals to come to a final close, and the United States should not be retreating from that commitment.”

Just as the United States has banned the trophies in the past, elephant hunting has been banned in these African countries before. In Zambia, hunting has been banned several times due to the declining population of elephants in the area. However, in 2015, hunting was re-established after surveys found a larger population in some areas, according to ABC News.

While the reversal of this Obama-era ban appears to be motivated by economic interest for both the African countries and the United States, the general reactions by the American public reveal a much more concerned and outraged opinion of this new policy. The policy allows the government to justify "conservation of species" in regards to the trophies, however, endangered elephants are rapidly declining, and hunting them as trophies does not seem like the best way to conserve their specifies.

Ad failed to load

Must Reads

Here's Everything That's Leaving Netflix In June

Summer is here, and with it comes plenty of opportunity to binge watch more movies and TV shows that we never knew we needed in our lives. May has passed by in a blink of an eye, so I definitely need to catch up on what Netflix is getting rid of afte…
By Kristen Perrone

Cherry Print Is One Of Summer's Biggest Fashion Trends & It's So Much Sweeter Than Florals

If there's one thing that I've had my eye on this summer it's a cool, flirty cherry-print dress. Along with versatile black tops and blue denim, the color red has become a staple in my wardrobe this year and anytime I can infuse it into my daily look…
By Ariana Marsh

Your Weekly Horoscope Is Here & Your World Is About To Be Filled With Sunshine

If you've had enough of the sleepy and heavy feeling associated with Taurus season, prepare yourself for a replenishing rush of fresh energy. As of May 20, the sun has officially moved into Gemini, and the weight on your shoulders will finally start …
By Roya Backlund

13 Must-Have Experiences You Should Buy In Your 20s, Instead Of A New Couch

Life is one big experience. When you hit your 20s, though, you start getting pulled in the direction of your responsibilities. It isn't totally a bad thing, but you don't want to get so wrapped into adulting that you forget life's zest. Amazing exper…
By Jasmine Vaughn-Hall

I Tried Kim Kardashian's Weird Beauty Obsession & I Can't Stop Taking Selfies

You've been there before: You're scrolling through your Instagram feed when you see your favorite celeb post about their favorite new product — a face serum, vitamins that will make your skin brighter, or a specialty food service. You can't help but …
By Stephanie Montes

Where You Should Vacation This Summer, According To Your Zodiac Sign

Summer is so much more than just sweating in 90 degree weather and enjoying a long, lazy break from school (if you're lucky enough to still be in school). It's a time for making exciting new plans, falling madly and hopelessly in love, opening your m…
By Roya Backlund

Wander or Bust: The Amalfi Coast May Just Be The Most Beautiful Thing You'll Ever See

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Kaylin Pound

6 Brutally Honest Phases Of Life After A Breakup, Because You Will Survive 

If you've ever been through a bad breakup, you know that the struggle is real. For the weeks (or possibly months, if it was a really bad one) that follow, life can be rough, but there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Don't believe me? Just l…
By Rachel Shatto

Here's How You Can Find Out What Your Aura Color Is

Do you remember that movie Almost Famous? More specifically, the scene where William is trying to have a phone call with his mom, but a clairvoyant Band-Aid keeps shouting "Your aura is purple!" in his face? Well, that was the first time I had ever h…
By Roya Backlund

9 Women In Their 20s Reflect On The Advice They Wish They Had At Graduation

Graduating college can feel seriously scary. You've spent your entire life in school, working and preparing for the moment you enter the real world, but what happens when you get there? What if things don't go totally according to plan? You may have …
By Brittney Morgan

3 Early Signs You Are Going To Have Undeniable Chemistry With Your Crush

I don't know if there's anything better than the excitement of having a new crush — especially when that feeling's reciprocated. The butterflies that rush through your stomach as soon as they enter a room. The electricity that zips through your veins…
By Genevieve Wheeler

Emoji Pool Floats Are Here To Match Every Mood You’re In This Summer

Searching for the perfect poolside accessory to lounge around in this summer? This year’s hottest warm weather water trend isn’t a big floppy hat or designer sunglasses — it’s an emoji pool float. That’s right: Your favorite little digital expression…
By Rachel Murphy

Here's How Your Mood & Your Favorite Music Are Secretly Connected, According To Science

If you're someone who's likely to be found with ear buds in her ears at all times, you might not realize just how often you listen to music, or the ways in which it's really affecting you. From your morning commute to the tunes you blast while you co…
By Caroline Burke

This Is How Long It Takes For A Partner To Really Trust You, According To Experts

Trust is easily one of the most important parts of a healthy relationship, but typically, it's not something that's fully there from the start because it takes some time to build. How long it takes for a partner to trust you is a question that doesn'…
By Tayi Sanusi

7 Things You Forgot To Thank Your High School Friends For & Should ASAP

Friends are a dime a dozen, but a solid, genuine group of girlfriends can be difficult to come by. When you find your tribe, you need to stick with them until the end. For some lucky people, your high school friends have been your besties since day o…
By Rachel Chapman

These 3 Zodiac Signs Will Have The Best Week, So Bask In The Glory

It's officially the second week of May, and the warmth of spring has finally arrived. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the bright weather is allowing everyone to finally break out their favorite pair of shorts. If you think the gorgeou…
By Roya Backlund

7 Men Reveal What Attracted Them To Their Last Crush & They'll Make You Swoon

He reminded me of Nate Archibald from Gossip Girl. That's legitimately what I found appealing about my most recent crush. Sorry, but it doesn't get any deeper than that. In other instances though, when I'm not trying to live out my lustful, adolescen…
By Sydnee Lyons

A Relationship Expert Reveals His Long-Distance Relationship Survival Guide

"Long-distance relationships are extremely relaxing and easy to navigate," said no one in a long-distance relationship ever. Whether you are bicoastal babes or a quick two-hour train ride apart, distance makes the heart grow fonder, but it also makes…
By Kimmy Foskett

7 Questions You Should Be Able To Answer About Your Life By The Time You Hit 30

Nobody has all of the answers in life, but you're probably pretty proud of yourself for how far you've come. Somewhere along the way, some of us got the hang of adulting and began to appreciate the unexpected things that come with being 20-something.…
By Marisa Casciano
)}