Ellen took on Donald Trump's anti-elephant policy & he suspended it

Ellen took on Donald Trump's anti-elephant policy & he suspended it

He said he would put the decision "on hold" and review it with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

In his statement, Mr Buchanan called the sport hunting of African elephants "shameful" and said the USA should support a permanent ban.

The service said on Thursday that it would begin issuing permits to import "sport-hunted trophies from elephants hunted in Zimbabwe" between January 21 2016 and December 31 2018. Conservationists and wildlife advocates were critical of the timing of the move, noting the political turmoil in Zimbabwe, where the military has seized power and had held President Robert Mugabe under house arrest.

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Despite the outcry and Trump's stated reversal, the worldwide affairs page of the US Fish and Wildlife Service still - as of Saturday morning local time - says it will issue permits for importing big game animal parts.

Kacey Musgraves was among the many Americans who turned to social media to express shock and anger after the Trump administration announced it was lifting a ban on bringing "trophies" of elephants killed in two African countries into the United States.

The Fish and Wildlife Service says on its website that hunting lions can play a "significant role in their conservation", adding that America is bound by the Endangered Species Act to ensure that "hunters are contributing to the conservation of lions in the wild by participating in hunting programs that provide a clear conservation benefit and contribute to the long-term survival of the species in the wild".

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The African bush elephant is now listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, but a provision of the law allows for the import of trophies if it can be proved that hunting the animals contributes to conservation efforts. "Elephant populations across Africa are declining". The population in Zimbabwe was found to have declined 6 percent overall, but some regions in the country reported populations were down as much as 74 percent.

Mr 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".

Trophies refer to any body parts, including elephant tusks.

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