A few years ago, under the Obama administration, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) banned the import into the U.S. of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe, regardless of whether the beasts had been legally hunted there. Now it seems the ban has been lifted, along with that on imports from Zambia, with no real explanation yet as to why.
Conservationists are deeply concerned about the decision. “[As] the current political, social and economic climate in Zimbabwe is fragile without any accountable government, it is worrisome that the [U.S.] would allow imports from a country whose political future is uncertain,” Michael Chase, the founder and director of Botswana-based Elephants Without Borders, told Fortune. Even without the factor of political instability, Chase described Zimbabwe’s recent elephant conservation research and management as “failing.”
In the words of someone who I bet is thrilled about this: You betcha….
I am really horrified.
Everyday you think that we’ve reached a new low and then the next day comes. This just makes me wanna cry. I come from a family that took trophies but the smart ones gave that up decades ago.
All trophies need to be banned !