Donald Trump called elephant hunting a “horror show”

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington. Trump is expressing more doubts about a new policy allowing trophies of African elephants shot for sport to be imported. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
Vastavam web: US President Donald Trump called elephant hunting a “horror show” and indicated that he will block imports of elephant trophies from two African nations despite his administration’s earlier approval of the practice.On Friday, Trump had temporary halted the decision of the US Fish and Wildlife Services to lift ban on import of trophies of elephants from Zambia and Zimbabwe into the US.Trump’s decision to review the Obama-era policy received a wave of criticism from some conservationists, Republican lawmakers and many celebrities.
The Obama administration banned such imports because authorities believed trophy hunting harmed the survival of elephants.The decision was part of a robust US conservation strategy that seeks to eliminate poaching and associated wildlife trafficking while using legal, managed hunting programmes to support wildlife and habitat conservation in range countries.Well-managed hunting programmes provide huge economic incentives across Africa to conserve some of the planet’s most iconic and beloved species, it said.The Center for Biological Diversity had described this as a “horrific news” and said that “it is shocking” that Zinke is lifting the trophy ban during a military coup.
The same night, Trump announced that he had temporarily halted the decision.”Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you!” Trump said in tweet late last night.”President Trump and I have talked and both believe that conservation and healthy herds are critical,” he said in a statement.