The United States has lifted a ban prohibiting the import of elephant hunt trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia, reversing a regulation that had been enforced by the Obama administration.
Trump’s administration has argued that the fees paid in hunting permits will aid efforts in the wildlife preservation “by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation.
Trophy hunting is the selective hunting of wild game for human recreation. The trophy is the animal or part of the animal kept and usually displayed, to represent the success of the hunt.
According to the Washing Post, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in an informal statement, said that the money paid for permits to hunt the animals — listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act — could put “much-needed revenue back into conservation,”
The Obama administration banned imports of trophies from Zimbabwe in 2014 after finding the nation’s management of legal hunting did not “enhance the survival of the African elephant the wild”.
The change applies to elephants shot in Zimbabwe on or after Jan. 21, 2016, and to those legally permitted to be hunted before the end of next year.
The post also reports that the Fish and Wildlife Service is also reviewing whether to allow elephant trophy imports from Tanzania.