Vastavam web: Reversing an Obama-era ban, the Trump administration has decided to issue permits for elephant trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe, which environmental groups say would lead to more poaching.A US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) official said the agency received new information from Zambia and Zimbabwe that the move would benefit conservation in their countries.”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,” the FWS sokesperson said in a statement.
Critics, however, note the restrictions were created by the Obama administration in 2014 because the African elephant population had dropped. The animals are listed in the US Endangered Species Act, which requires the US government to protect endangered species in other countries.”We can’t control what happens in foreign countries, but what we can control is a restriction on imports on parts of the animals,” CNN quoted Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society, as saying.
The number of elephants in the wild plummeted 30 per cent overall between 2007 and 2014, despite large scale conservation efforts. In some places it has dropped more than 75 per cent due to ivory poaching.In 2016, there were just over 350,000 elephants still alive in the wild, down from millions in the early 20th Century.US President Donald Trump’s sons Donald Jr. and Eric are themselves big game hunters, US media reported.Safari Club International, a worldwide network of hunters, cheered the announcement by the Trump administration.