Ban Elephant “Trophies” in the US
Sarah Wilson started this petition to Department of the Interior Ryan Zinke and 2 others
The Trump Administration has quietly made it legal to bring tusks and other elephant parts back to the US as “trophies” from big game hunting. This policy sends the wrong message to poachers and endangers an already threatened species.
From Washington Post: “The decision, announced quietly in a March 1 memorandum from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, withdrew previous rulings on trophy hunting and said the agency would allow sport hunters to receive permits for the trophy items on a ‘case-by-case basis.'”
However, the Trump administration/Dept. of the Interior has not commented on HOW these permits will be administered. Secretary Zinke of the Dept of the Interior, Eric Trump, and Donald Trump Jr. are also known big game hunters and this policy would be greatly beneficial to them.
Secretary Zinke needs to remember that his job is to PROTECT wildlife, not to encourage hunting threatened species.